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10 years after introducing 43 Things to the world, we have decided we have met our last goal: completing the incredible experience that has been 43 Things. Please join us in giving one last cheer to all the folks who have shared their goals with the world, as well as all the people who have worked at The Robot Co-op to build this incredible website. We won a Webby Award, published a book, and brought happiness to a lot of people.

Starting today, 43 Things users can export their goals and entries from the site. Starting August 15, we will make the site “read only”. 43 Things users will still be able to view the site and export their content, but we won’t be taking any new content from users. We hope to leave the site up for folks to see and download their content until the end of the year. Ending on New Year’s Eve takes us full circle.

It has been a long ride (one of our original goals was to "build a company that lasts at least 2 years” - we beat that one!) While we wish the site could live on, it has suffered from a number of challenges - changes in how people use the site, the advertising industry, and how search engines view the site. We wish the outcome was different – but we’ve always been realistic about when our goals are met and when they aren't.

As of today, you will be able to download your goals and entries. See more about that on the FAQ page. Thanks for 10 great years of goal-setting and achieving.

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Spread understanding about Anorexia, Bulimia and Compulsive Overeating (read all 7 entries…)
A poem about The Disease of Addiction - Author Unknown

I AM YOUR DISEASE

To all who come in contact with me, I wish you death and I wish you suffering.

Allow me to introduce myself; I am the disease of addiction Alcoholism, Drugs and Eating Disorders. Cunning, Baffling, and Powerful! That’s me. I have killed millions, and I am pleased. I love to catch you with the element of surprise. I love pretending I am your friend and lover. I have given you comfort, have I not? Wasn’t I there when you were lonely? When you wanted to die, didn’t you call me? I was there. I love to make you hurt, I love to make you cry. And better yet, I love it when I make you so numb, that you can neither hurt nor cry. You feel nothing at all.

This for me is true glory. I will give you instant gratification and all I ask of you is long suffering. I’ve been there for you always. When things were going right in your life, you invited me. You said you didn’t deserve these good things, and I was the only one who agreed with you. Together, we were able to destroy all things good in your life.

People don’t take me seriously. They take Strokes seriously, Heart Attacks seriously, even Diabetes they take seriously. Fools that you are, you don’t know that without my help, these things would not be made possible.

I am such a hated disease, and yet I do not come uninvited. You choose to have me, so many have chosen me over reality and peace.

More than you hate me. I hate all of you who have a twelve step program. Your programs, your meetings, your Higher Power; all weaken me and I cannot function in the manner I am accustomed to.

Now I must lie quietly. You don’t see me, but I am here, growing bigger and stronger than ever. When you only exist, I can live. When you live, I can only exist. But I am here.and until we meet again, if we meet again, I wish you death and suffering.

Sincerely, Your Disease of Addiction

(Author Unknown)



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just given you my 1000th cheer. i wanted to say that you were worth it and that your book moved me! keep living happily and thanks!

AnneBeattie hasn't been on 43T for ages!

Thank you:)

What a lovely thing to say! Thank you for reading my book and please tell anyone you feel might benefit from it where to find it – spread the word!
Thank you again,
Love and best wishes, Anne xxxxx

That was a great poem

Unfortunately, I’ve gotten the impression that people think an eating disorder, like depression, is something you can just get over. They don’t see it as seriously as it is. I’ve been fortunate enough to overcome my eating disorder and I cheer all those in the fight.


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