My Journey to Recovery
I was diagnosed with Eating Disorder Not Otherwise Specified (EDNOS) when I was 14 years old. For as long as I can remember I was prone to stress while striving for perfection in all areas of my life including my academics and physical appearance. I sought for control over my life and developed coping habits in my eating. I was adamant to begin preschool when I was 4, but by the time I entered kindergarten, my excitement for school turned into anxiety around going to school. I would become so anxious, I was unable to eat and this would continue through elementary school until high school. My first panic attack was in 1st grade, feeling light headed and nauseous and without an immediate cause. Through my teens I would understand my panic attack usually was not brought on by the situation I was currently in, but the accumulation of stress. In junior high, my eating disorder began to present itself as a focus on food, whereas in my early childhood it was not as specific. I obsessed over healthy, raw foods and not nourishing myself with healthy fats or carbs leaving me without energy. Exercising became another outlet in which I abused my body; I would exercise to see results and when I didn’t I looked to food to compensate. My mood was always reflected in what I was eating, bingeing on carbs when I was discouraged and eliminating snacks when I felt I had enough energy to take the hit. By freshman year, these components of who I was became unbearable and damaging to my livelihood. I told my mom I needed help in October, only three and a half months after I started high school. I began counseling and only stopped once I no longer met the requirements for my eating disorder as I went into junior year. I am so blessed to have reached a new year in my life, but especially my first year of recovery. I plan to dedicate every birthday to NEDA and my recovery, but I plan to dedicate my life to help others like myself and their families get the treatment they need.
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Did you know that 30 million men and women will suffer from an eating disorder in their lifetimes? This 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.
Since 2009, NEDA Walks have been bringing communities together nationwide in the fight against eating disorders. NEDA Walks raise funds for NEDA’s lifesaving programs that help thousands of people every day!
Your contribution will help fund NEDA’s national Helpline, National Eating Disorders Awareness Week, NEDA Navigators and countless other lifesaving programs.
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.
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