Hello WTS Members:
What an exciting adventure you are about to embark on with this great program -- Working the Steps. You have a Step Leader who knows about adventures -- I am a traveling woman living fulltime in a beautiful 40 ft. motorhome for the last three years. My husband and I have traveled to 24 states and 2 Canadian provinces and plan to continue as long as we can. We have five sons between us and we also raised a granddaughter from fifth grade to high school graduation. I take turns driving the motorhome with my husband. We tow a vehicle for use wherever we land. As you read this I am driving our motorhome from Charleston SC to Myrtle Beach SC where we will spend the rest of the winter.
My favorite story about driving our motorhome was a while back when I drove into a gas station. My husband was putting diesel into the motorhome and I went in to get lunch. A woman hollered to me, "I have never been so proud to be a woman as when I saw you drive up!" What a thrill to be 67 years old and have my life so full of fun and celebration. And, I think I have just started.
I think that because I have not gotten to the good part -- Overeaters Anonymous and The Recovery Group. I thought I would never find the answer to the the one thing that always whipped me -- my compulsive overeating. Since I was a teenager I have struggled with my weight. As a child I had been molested and told I was a liar when I reported it. That messed me up for a lot of years. I was lost in depression, self-loathing and totally insecure around people. I was so needy and so confused. I did not have a clue how to live without chaos and crisis or my food.
I have done most of everything that has been out there - diets, hypnotherapy, fasting, self-help and so much more. I have done a lot of therapy. I even got addicted to finding insights about life. I think I even invented a few programs of my own. I wanted so badly for my life to be better. I did a 30-day inpatient eating disorder program. It helped me deal with my severe depression and anger. That is where I first learned about OA. I stayed in OA for several years. It is where I found my HP and what really help me to heal. Many times in my journey, I hve cried out, "What is it I need to understand to get out of this pain?" My HP always answered. I progressed -- yet, I could not give up my food that numbed the pain I was still feeling. I left OA.
I have been a diabetic for over ten years and my health was deterioriating. Several years ago I got real serious about doing something. It took quite awhile because I had to try all the old ways and fail again before I hit bottom and became to try something new. I joined another online support group and someone suggested OA through The Recovery Group. I realized real quickly that I had learned a lot in my life and had a lot of good growth and healing of my childhood issues. However, I needed daily support to see me through letting go of my addiction to food. I was really ready and I was honestly able to say, "I am willing to do what it takes to recovery."
That is when my life changed. That is when I met so many of you and felt your love and acceptance. That is why giving service like I do here at TRG is a labor of absolute love.
I see the 12 Steps as a structure I can use in all areas of my life. Not only did I become abstinent, I found my relationships with my family improving and I also found many new friends. The 12 Steps are filled with such wisdom. I am always amazed. I do so look forward to sharing this journey -- and adventure -- with you.
Love and Joy in Service,
Working the Steps
The Twelve Steps