Recovery

NEDA Helped Me Realize That I Am Not Alone

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Mike and Mary Polan

The journey through my daughter’s ten-year battle with anorexia was long and difficult. There were many twists and turns, detours and crashes along the way - almost to the point that we thought it would end in her death.

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Catch It, Challenge It, Change It! Supporting My Daughter Through Eating Disorder Recovery

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Lance Kissinger

Catch them, challenge them, change them. Get used to this phrase; it is the seed of hope that must be planted in both you and your child’s minds for ANY chance of long-term success.

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Dear Lesley: How Do I Know I’m “Recovered”?

Dr. Lesley Williams is a certified eating disorder specialist, family medicine physician and positive body image advocate. She co-owns Liberation Center, an eating disorder treatment facility, in Phoenix, Arizona. Dr. Williams is dedicated to ensuring that all women and men that struggle with eating and body image issues receive the help that they need to overcome and live happy, healthy lives. Dr. Williams regularly educates other healthcare professionals about the diversity and dangers of eating disorders.

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Unfound Beauty: An Interview with Singer/Songwriter Beccs

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Stephanie Padich, Communications Intern

Becca Gastfriend, better known as beccs, is a singer/songwriter who released her EP, Unfound Beauty, on September 21st. The EP focuses on beccs’ personal experience with an eating disorder and revolves around themes of recovery, self-doubt, and healing. Originally from Boston, beccs is a Brooklyn-based musician who specializes in piano and creates music with an alternative and soulful style. Through her music and jaw-dropping vocals, she encourages her listeners to be vulnerable and self-aware, and helps normalize personal pains and desires.

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Friday Links: The Stigma-Erasing Power of Quilting & More!

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Stephanie Padich, Communications Intern

Can you believe that it’s the last Friday of October already? Check out another week of important news headlines below. 

This past Wednesday, NYC community members came together to raise mental health awareness in a stigma-free space through the power of quilting.  

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The Problem with “Before and After” Photos in Eating Disorder Recovery

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Laura Porter

If you’ve seen mainstream reporting on eating disorders recovery, you’ve probably seen the all-too-common “before and after” pictures. Typically, the images are shown side-by-side in a manner uncomfortably similar to ads for Jenny Craig or Weight Watchers.

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5 Ways That Crafts Helped My Recovery

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Katrin Alyss

During the dark times of my recovery, I wasn’t really thinking about doing crafts. We all know that when we get in so deep into the eating disorder, we can’t see anything but that monster.

Sometimes, between therapy sessions, I would draw out my feelings and show them to my therapist. She liked my creativity. During one session, my therapist asked me to draw a picture of how I saw myself. From there, I started using crafts to help battle eating disordered thoughts. 

Here are five ways that crafts have helped me and continue to help me in my recovery:

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Dear KJ: How Can I Overcome My Fear of Eating in Public?

"Dear KJ" is a weekly advice column by Dr. Kjerstin "KJ" Gruys, sociologist, author and body image activist. She holds a Ph.D. in sociology with a focus on the politics of appearance and is the author of Mirror Mirror Off the Wall: How I Learned to Love My Body By Not Looking at It for a Year (Avery Press, 2012).

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Enfrentando Mis Demonios: La Historia De Recuperación de un Desorden Alimentario

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Tania Marin

“En la vida hay dos opciones: caminar hacia adelante y crecer, o volver atrás y perder.” -Abraham Maslow 

17 de Septiembre, 2014, fue igual uno de los peores y mejores días de mi vida. Ese Miércoles en la tarde fue el día en que entre a rehabilitación para mi desorden alimentario.

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Facing My Demons: An Eating Disorder Recovery Story

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Tania Marin

“In any given moment we have two options: to step forward into growth or step back into safety.” -Abraham Maslow

September 17, 2014, was the absolute worst, yet best day of my life. On this Wednesday afternoon, I finally checked into rehab. I was completely mortified as I began signing in. Both my mind and body wanted to run as I watched a complete stranger lock away my phone and search my bags. 

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