Why I Walk
Hi everyone! My name is Catherine, and I am 27 years old and, by the time of this walk (Sunday, May 7, 2017 at Newton North High School), I will be over seven years in recovery. This is my third year participating in the NEDA Walk. I was in treatment twice for several months when I was in college. My eating disorder was crippling and it interfered with so many things in my life - it strained my relationships, it prolonged my education, and it made me ashamed of who I was from a very young age. I was miserable in my own skin, not able to appreciate my humor, my intelligence, or my beauty. I am lucky to have been able to seek treatment and to have made the strides I have made. Now, I am pursuing my Master's in Clinical Psychology, and I have even run a marathon! Recovery is so hard, but it is wonderful and worth it.
I am walking because this cause could not be more real for me. I am walking for those who haven't been able to come out of the shadows yet. I am walking for those who are still fighting every single day.
NEDA strives to help men and women regain positive body image, and to spread the word that eating disorders are dangerous and need to be recognized and helped. So many people are refused the treatment they need or are afraid to seek it due to insurances, stigmas, etc. Too many people wake up in the morning consumed with the thoughts that ED puts in their brains, while they deal with scales that judge them and mirrors that lie. Too many people sacrifice happiness because this illness promises to provide it, while it just hurts. It's time to put an end to that. It's time for people to feel perfect, strong, and worthy. Everyone is perfect, strong, and worthy. Let's smash those lying mirrors and celebrate how beautiful we all are - change starts now, and your donation will help to spread awareness and education.
Any little donation to this cause makes such a big difference in all that NEDA is able to do to help others. Please donate if you can, by using the "Donate Now" button on the right of the screen. And please spread the word!
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