We Need NEDA -- Everyone Knows Someone!
This is my sixth year supporting NEDA through the DC NEDA Walk, which I do in memory of my bright, energetic, creative, loving sister, Sarah, who died from complications related to her eating disorder at the age of 19 in 2003.
When Sarah was struggling with her eating disorder, there was no NEDA, no Google, no Proud2BeMe and families were not included in treatment.
After Sarah died, I looked for a way to put all my love and energy into something good that would help others who struggled with an eating disorder. In 2011 I found out there was going to be a DC NEDA Walk. I knew I had, literally, found my path.
After that first Walk, I had the privilege of attending the NEDA Conference. I was worried that it would be too hard and too sad. It was an emotional conference and yet, amazing. What I felt first and most strongly was hope – I sat in on sessions about how families are now involved in treatment, new research about the brain and how to raise awareness about eating disorders.
I heard powerful stories of recovery. Even the sad was powerful – I attended the loss and support roundtable where I met Kym, the first person I had ever met who had also lost a sister to an eating disorder.
NEDA's critical programs and services like theHelpline; Parents, Families and Friends Network; and the Annual Conference support individuals and families affected by eating disorders. NEDA's Feeding Hope fund is dedicated to funding research to help us better understand eating disorders and discover treatments that will save lives.
Please join me in supporting NEDA and making a commitment to creating a world where all women, girls, boys and men feel confident about their bodies and are embraced for who they are as individuals, not what they look like.
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