I first went to an OA meeting in February 1990, when a student of mine took me with her. It wasn’t an easy thing for her, admitting to her teacher that she had an addiction. Her courage taught me a lot. I couldn’t believe the First Step before I first took it—that I was powerless over food and my life was unmanageable. Here I was, a competent professional woman, and my life was unmanageable? These folks didn’t know all the political campaigns I had managed or conferences I had run! But I wasn’t admitting how I depended on food to

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