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Greater Than Myself

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I began the most recent chapter of my OA journey by facing the futility of a sixteen-year relapse. I admired nothing about myself, least of all my body. I had weight-loss surgery in 2001, yet I’d managed to gain back all the weight I’d lost plus 25 extra pounds (11 kg). I weighed over 300 pounds (136 kg). I had severe arthritis and walking problems, and my doctor said I needed knee surgery to ensure I would still be able to walk in the future. I also had to use sleep aids and take blood pressure medication. I was unhappy—with

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