Recovery

Finding My Way Home

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Danielle Goking

From eighth to tenth grade, I struggled with anorexia, and eventually I began struggling with bulimia. A significant factor in the development of my eating disorder was a lack of exposure to the social world in the early stages of my life, while I was home schooled.

I longed to feel included and I would beg my mom to let me go to public school. Being home schooled is vastly different from being educated in the public school system. In eighth grade I was finally able to live the life I wanted, and I began public school. 

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NY Times Bestselling Romance Author Addresses Eating Disorders in New Novel

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Stephanie Padich

Michelle Mankin is a New York Times bestselling romance author who is shifting her writing focus toward young adults in the Tempest series, with each novel touching on a different social issue ranging from eating disorders to domestic violence.  

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Meditation: The Art and Gift of Slowing Down

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April Ballard

In recent months, I have discovered the comforting gift of meditation. As someone who rarely ever gave myself opportunities to slow down, rest, and find peace within my mind and body, this discovery has and continues to offer me peace. Meditation is truly a practice. It is something that I work toward every day in order to transfer it into all areas of my life. 

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From Our Readers: 17 Recovery Goals for 2017

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NEDA Staff

We know how tough it can be to create recovery goals that empower and challenge, not overwhelm or disempower. We asked our followers on Facebook and Instagram to share their goals and words of inspiration for 2017. Check our 17 of our favorite responses below! 

1. “To be honest about my recovery with myself and others.”

2. “To work to create a life outside of treatment that is worth living and motivates me toward recovery.”

3. “To be patient with my recovery. To recognize that baby steps forward are still steps in the right direction.

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Dear Melody: Will I Ever Be Able to Run Again?

“Monthly Matters with Melody” is a monthly advice column by Dr. Melody Moore, a clinical psychologist, yoga instructor and the founder of the Embody Love Movement Foundation. Her foundation is a non-profit whose mission is to empower girls and women to celebrate their inner beauty, commit to kindness and contribute to meaningful change in the world. Dr. Moore is a social entrepreneur who trains facilitators on how to teach programs to prevent negative body image and remind girls and women of their inherent worth.

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The Holiday Heroes Who Have Inspired Us

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NEDA Contributors

Heroes are everywhere. Heroes can be the strangers on the street, the friend we sit next to in class who lends a pencil when we forget one, or someone near and dear. Below, a few of our writers share more about the heroes who have inspired them in their own lives. 

Life Lessons From Dad 

By Kaitlin Irwin--Holidays always remind me of my family, and this year is bittersweet, as I lost my dad to pancreatic cancer in October. While I’ve had ups and downs with my dad, he has taught me many things about myself and life. 

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A Special Message from Our Supporters

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NEDA Staff

Over the past 15 years, we’ve helped people across the country fight eating disorders and find resources for proper education and treatment. Now, read about how NEDA changed these five supporters’ lives for the better.  

NEDA has grown tremendously throughout the past 15 years, and it’s all thanks to supporters like you!

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How I Used Songwriting as a Way to Heal

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Al-x

What are some things that can help with the struggle and recovering? Some things that maybe you haven’t considered?

For me, music is something that has saved me many times, and I think everyone has some songs in their lives that have made them feel understood, or empowered, or less alone in the world. Art, in general, is amazing in its power to do that.

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Such a Pretty Face

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Sheryle Cruse

When it comes to eating and image disorders, the lion’s share of attention goes to the body. So, it appears, there is no attention given to the face. Yet, within the eating disorder context, my negative experience with my face was just as painful as the unforgiving perception of my body. And it started early.

As an overweight child, several adults repeatedly made the same comment. Perhaps you’ve had it spoken to you.

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Celebrating 15 Years of Saving Lives

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NEDA Staff

We’re excited to announce that the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) is celebrating its 15th anniversary! We’ve dedicated the past 15 years to helping people across the country fight eating disorders and find resources for proper education and treatment. 

NEDA has grown tremendously throughout the past 15 years, and through every walk, blog post, and health screening, we’ve been able to spread awareness about eating disorders.

Here are some statistics that show our growth throughout the past 15 years! 

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