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Sharing Ourselves

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Did you know that the opposite of anonymous is “onymous”? How different would our lives be if we were Overeaters Onymous? I believe that OO would not still be around if we published member lists and our before-and-after pictures or if we gossiped about meeting discussion.

Sometimes, I forget the power of that little “An,” but it is easy to understand why. We are called “anonymous,” yet in reality, it is the first time for many of us that we are showing our true selves to someone else. As an individual in the rooms, I am the exact opposite of anonymous: I am known and loved by people. I am accepted as part of the Fellowship.

In the past, I would hope to either blend into the woodwork or have everyone notice me, but I never hoped to be a part of the group. Today, I see my recovery in the faces of the people whom I have learned to love through sharing hopes and sorrows. Our names and what we say are kept anonymous, but when we share ourselves, we become recognized as valuable.

— Cheryl R.

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