Everybody Knows Somebody..

So I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to post about a cause that’s dear to my heart and is having an awareness week right now.  The cause is eating disorders.  From February 26th to March 3rd, an organization known as NEDA , puts on the National Eating Disorder Awareness Week.   

You may wonder why this cause is close to my heart.  Well simply put; I’m a survivor.  Yes, for a decade I battled an eating disorder.  Fortunately, I came out on the other side and have been in recovery for 5 years.  It saddens my heart to think of others that I know who still struggle and the women I’ve known who have lost their lives to this disease.  Even though eating disorders have been in the news and media now more than ever, there are still so many who suffer silently.  Unfortunately, eating disorder research is poorly funded and access for adequate treatment for individuals, both men and women, is often out of reach. 

Thankfully, there are organizations out there, like NEDA that help provide support to family, friends and individuals who are suffering from eating disorders.  If you or someone you know needs help, please reach out; recovery is possible!  I’m living proof.  Below are some resources that you or a loved one might find helpful:

National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA)

Information and Referral Hotline provided by NEDA:  1.800.931.2237

Something Fishy : this website not only offers a treatment finder, but it also offers a message board forum

ED Referral :  provides articles, educational information and a referral database

Remuda Ranch and Renfrew  :  two treatments centers that helped provide me with the tools and skills necessary for recovery

 

When the world says, “Give Up”…Hope whispers, “Try it one more time.” -Unknown

Plato once said, “Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a harder battle.”

“Perhaps the strength doesn’t reside in never being broken, but in the courage to grow strong in the broken places. ” -Unknown

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