Hi family and friends,
I am walking to support the fight against eating disorders with the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA).
1. Eating disorders are preventable.
2. Eating disorders are NOT incurable.
3. Full recovery is possible, with the right treatment.
- About the walk:
- The NEDA walk is a bit different from walks for other diseases.
- Why? We do a single lap around a track.
- The reason? Many in recovery from eating disorders are battling compulsive exercise . For a person trying to recover from an eating disorder, the opportunity for a 5k, or even a mile walk, can be akin to tempting a recovering addict with drugs.
- About my history with NEDA walks:
- Two years ago, I did this walk while still entrenched in anorexia thoughts, despite being in the recovery process for the 2nd time.
- I spent most of it agonizing about the brunch I had to go to afterwards.
- Though I wanted to recover & disengage from those thoughts, I was still ashamed to be at an event for eating disorders. I told no one I was going, I used a pseudonym to sign up, & I untagged myself from pictures on Facebook.
Stigma around mental illness is pervasive & harmful, especially for those suffering who become afraid to ask for help.
In 2017, I am proud to tell my family and friends that I feel strong enough in myself and my recovery to be able to take a stance as a survivor.
- I owe this to an unyielding team of professionals, fellow fighters, and loved ones, who have supported me through the initial anorexia recovery & progressive reduction of other symptoms.
- Most days now, my actions align with my goals and values: to reduce stigma, to promote prevention through media literacy, to question societal norms like the "thin ideal" and diet culture, and to help others gain access to (& stick with) treatment.
Whether you walk with us, donate, reach out to someone struggling, or find ways in your daily life to resist the media and cultural environment: THANK YOU.
Thank you for taking the time to read this- to increase your awareness and to understand that while these struggles exist, they are not equivalent to weakness.
In choosing recovery, we find strength.
In fighting together, we embody strength.
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