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For me, the beauty of unity is realizing I’m not alone in this disease of compulsive eating. I never knew that others had the same beast inside, compelling them to eat everything in sight—I felt like a freak because of it, a freak inside and out, my heavy body an outward manifestation of the obsession within. Just knowing I’m not alone and have friends in OA to talk to is such a huge part of working my program!

I don’t think OA would work without unity; it would be just another diet and calories club. The strength of this program is the removal of isolation. Sharing my experience with others is freeing, and I learn so much from hearing their stories, complete with successes and failures.

Every meeting, whether face-to-face or virtual, gives me a new way of looking at things and new ideas to use as brick and mortar to build the world I want to inhabit. That world is safe and balanced, and when I live there, I am too. I know it takes a village to fight this disease, and it takes unity to build and share a new world of health and happiness.

—Kate I., Virginia USA

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