I'll never forget walking out of the adolescent clinic of the Montreal Children Hospital, after this crazy doctor first diagnosed with me anorexia (aka the new monster in my life called ED). I was in denial then, I simply was not hungry...and enjoyed doing exercise... I was being healthy right!!! BUT OOPPPSS, flash forward 6 years later, ED is still a very crappy part of my life. When I tried to think about how I wanted to explain what it is like to have an eating disorder, honestly I just wanted to scream with anger, because its even too much to think about. Somewhere between the equation of food and exercise, your life starts to be this weird mix of living misery but somehow still filled with some hapiness. I have unfortunately (or fortunately?!) been able to have a productive life living with ED. On many days this tricks me and others into believing that I do not have a problem. However, I invite you to live inside my head, or just in the same house as me for a week...and I am pretty you would surely say I do not have normal habits around food and exercise.
This brings me to the reason why I am so open about my struggle and why I want to raise funds for NEDA. Too many girls are living with eating disorders, but do not fit the "stereotype image" that we have in our heads. The worst part of it all is that some are actually being complimented about their ED habits. I want to bring awareness to everyone about how they talk about food and exercise. I want people to stop reinforcing the eating disorder that all of society has, yet somehow goes undiagnosed.
On October 1st 2017, in the city I now call home, New York, I will be walking to bring awareness. I am asking you all to donate something as small as tomorrow morning's Starbucks coffee (yes, I know it is a sacrifice, but I'll give you a shining and shooting gold star!) to help make a change in my life as well as all the other girls who are haunted by ED.
PS. My fundraising goal of 2200 dollars, represents how many weeks it has been since I was diagnosed approximately in August 2011 and October 1st 2017!
FYI : The funds collected are contributing to lifesaving resources, such as the National Eating Disorders Helpline, as well as help fund evidence-based prevention programs and research grants for innovative treatments.
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