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Welcome, and thank you for visiting my personal fundraising page!
NEDA Walks are all about courage — the courage to fight for change and the courage to shine the spotlight on these misunderstood illnesses. We are using our own courage to help spread NEDA’s mission by raising funds for our team, The Pawnee Goddesses!
Did you know that 30 million men and women will suffer from an eating disorder in their lifetimes?
For more than half of my life, I was a part of that statistic.
I can remember being in elementary school when I first became exceedingly aware of the space my body took up at all times. It wasn't too long after that I started actively making harmful choices based on my weight and physical appearance. What to wear, what to eat, how I looked, how much to eat, how often to restrict myself - repetitively played like a tape recorded in the back of my mind at all times. It was draining to be that self-conscious all the time! I missed social events, family gatherings, relationships, friendships, all because I could not bear to deal with the truth of my ED. Looking back on how much effort and life I wasted because my eating disorder was my top priority is very frustrating for me. However I also have to remember, for so much of my life, I couldn’t see outside of my disorder – it was truly all I knew. It skewed my entire self-perception, let alone my whole reality.
It took a long time to get to the place I am today in my ED recovery, and it’s been anything but easy. I still have times of anxiety and negative self-discernment where that mean inner voice whispers harsh thoughts. You know, that evil “frenemy” that you have known for so long that they’re basically part of the family but you really don’t know why you spend time with them anymore because they are actually a terrible person? Yeah. That one.
The difference between then and now, is I have a solid support system, I regularly practice yoga (which is a Godsend in and of itself), and I actively work on loving myself as I am - where I am. I am learning that I am so much more than my physical appearance, and recovery is more than worth it. One of my favorite quotes to help me remember this is: "You don't have a soul. You are a soul; you have a body."
My personal experience is one of the many reasons that I am participating in a NEDA Walk to benefit the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA)!
NEDA is a nonprofit organization that provides lifesaving programs and services to individuals and families affected by eating disorders. NEDA is dedicated to erasing the stigma surrounding eating disorders, promoting positive body image and discouraging dangerous diet behaviors.
I am asking for your support to help me reach my fundraising goal.
Donating to my fundraising page is a way for you to not only show your support for me, but also to show your support for the millions of individuals and families affected by eating disorders.
Your contribution will help fund:
*NEDA’s national Helpline,
*National Eating Disorders Awareness Week,
*and countless other lifesaving programs.
- With just $10, 180 people can take our online screening, which is often the first step toward finding help and recovery.
- $25 helps maintain our treatment listing database of over 1,400 specialists.
- And with $100, we can answer 1 hour of the calls and online chats of individuals who are looking for support at a critical time.
Any amount you can contribute will make a difference in the fight against eating disorders! With your help, I am one step closer to my fundraising goal.
Thank you so much for your support!
Love, Amelia :)
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