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I have been attending OA for about ten months. From a friend, I had some idea of what to expect coming into my first meeting.

I have a tendency to deeply connect with the emotions of other people in any room. Sometimes this is a blessing, sometimes it’s a struggle. In that first OA meeting, I immediately felt the openness and caring spirit in the room. I felt so at ease with people I hardly knew.

And that is how this OA experience has continued to be for me. Caring and supportive people have answered my questions, offered hugs, and shared their stories. I am now in the midst of working my Steps (Eight, Nine, and Ten) and am feeling better than I have in years. My mental, physical, and spiritual health has improved dramatically. I never thought it would be possible to be in this space, but here I’ve arrived.

I can see how making connections and sharing this program will continue to uplift me. What a joy it will be to see others experience the peace I am finding. That is why I have decided to start sponsoring. I don’t know all the answers, but I know I never will. All I know is that I have been given a gift and sharing that gift will increase my ability to work this program and live an abstinent life.

I am nervous about accepting my first sponsee, but I know I will have support. From my first day, people have been happy to chat, guide, and share. So, I can draw on those foundational core values in OA to guide me in this next step.

— Heather

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