Stories Of Hope

The path to recovery is different for everyone, and each person’s experience with an eating disorder is uniquely impacted by their many identities, including race or ethnicity, age, ability, religion, gender, and sexuality. We invite you to read these diverse Stories of Hope to gain inspiration and insights from those who have been through the difficult journey to recovery. The many stories here remind us that full recovery is possible, and there is help and support available to those struggling with an eating disorder.


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Stories of Hope

Featured Stories of Hope

The Things We Say
Author :Melissa M.

"You must work out to be able to lift her.""Ugh, you are getting so heavy.""You should watch what you eat or no one will be able to lift you.""You're so small, how can you lift her?"I’ve heard these comments regularly since adolescence. I use a wheelchair for mobility a
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A Project in the Making
Author :Florence C.

I can remember the first time I thought I was fat. It was one of the hottest days of the summer and I was standing in the laundry room of my mom's house, looking out the back door. Two of my friends were playing in a sprinkler out back. I had just put on sunscreen, sandals, and my swimsuit - a tw
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This Gendered Body: Living with an Eating Disorder and Finding My Voice as a Queer Nonbinary Person
Author :Jasper Conroy

“I want to have the body of a teenage boy.” This is what I have thought to myself while looking in the mirror all those times; wondering why my chest isn’t flat, my hips aren’t more narrow, my thighs aren’t straighter. When I said this to my healthy friends, they thought it
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Stories Of Hope

Tori Shumway
Allison Dombroski
Sara Ferris
Paula Riesch
Allison Bryant
Christina Neville
Kelsi Turner
Melissa DeSalvo
Hanne Arts
Molly Kiernan
Callie Grace Henningsen
Samantha Scarpa
Meagan Gunnip
Becca Cristillo
Brittney Koman
Kristen Bozzo
Devin Raines
April Ballard Warren
Odeta Kasa
Queenie Fitzer
Leah Jablon
Tabby Guillaume
Jordan White
Courtney DelPo
dana centofanti
Caroline Hardin
Christine Roche
Arden Whitehurst
Tessa Finkelstein
Lizzie Elsberg
Kelly Maze
Adrienne Stazzone
Kaitlyn Maiani
Alyson Hoy
Ali Jo Forester
Rebecca Plaza
Larissa Goldberg
Fallon Kane
Alexandra Koszeghy
Isriah Landmesser
Mary Rowen
Eric Ceballos
Stacy Pershall
Emily Zahn
Stephanie Paterson
Dr. Amba Balu
Dani Michelle
Kelly Joyce
Maria E. from Beirut, Lebanon
Natalee Davis
Melena Steffes
Laurie Glass
Hannah Cooper
Julia Gordy
Kate Bruno RD
Jack Harper
Justin Shamoun
Angela Barnett
Laura Duckworth
Barb Lano
Patrick McCaslin
Tina McGuff
Rikke Thygesen
Zachary Ihli
Martha M. Muchlinski
Bohdan Harik
Kristy Butler
Brianna Haney
Carly Bitz
Nikki DuBose
Lindsey Avon
Isabel Orozco
Mandi Degner
Maria Keane
Bonnie Phillips
Lisa Guo
Annie Stewart
Camille Emily Robb
Liana Rosenman
Ericka Christina
Lauren Moss
Dr. Theresa Hornick
Anne Sophie Reinhardt
Meghan (“Meggie”) A. Feran
Debbi S.
Alyee Willets
Ava & Loretta Minett
Esteban Guijarro
Jane Hersey
Esteban Guijarro
Shanel Daudy
Alicia Cunningham
Asha Brown
Ziara Alvelo
Laura Andres
Alyssa Burns
Chevese Turner
Corazón Tierra
Elizabeth Showers
Mike Polan
Travis Mathews
Allison Kreiger
Lynn Chen