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Glimmer of Hope

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It was December, and I had hit my bottom. My despair and anguish were monumental and unrelenting. I had tried every conceivable diet, weight-loss scheme, pill, and quick fix, and nothing had worked. I know now that I had not addressed the real, underlying issue: I was a compulsive eater.

I felt there was no hope left. At that moment, a still small voice inside me told me to check out the OA website. There I found a list of questions that, if answered “Yes,” were good indicators of an issue with compulsive eating. I checked every box. That night I made a decision to attend an OA meeting. It was the best decision of my life and a huge turning point for me.

As the meeting progressed and I listened to members telling their stories, tears welled up and began to stream down my face; I realized their stories were mine. I felt a connection. For the first time in my life, there was a glimmer of hope.

That glimmer has kept me in recovery, abstinent and coming back for four years now. I’ve learned to use the Tools, and my life is much more balanced as I work the Steps with the help of my Higher Power. Every time I walk into a meeting, I feel such gratitude as I’m reminded of the greeting we receive every week: “Welcome to Overeaters Anonymous. Welcome home!”

— Sharon R., Billings, Montana USA

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