Recovery

Stories of Hope Round-Up

By: 
NEDA Communications Team

Our Stories of Hope are meant to explore the many different paths and journeys in the road to recovery. Each person has a different experience to share, creating insights and experiences for others to feel inspired from. The Stories of Hope remind us that full recovery is possible, and there is help and support available to those struggling with an eating disorder. Here are some of our favorite quotes of recovery from the writers. 

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10 Ways to Add Sparkle to your Fourth of July

By: 
NEDA Communications Team

A celebration of Independence from ED! Here are 10 tips to make sure your Fourth of July is a step forward in your recovery.  1. Make a plan- Most of the stress surrounding holidays is the fear of the unknown. Come together with your support system and create a plan for the day. What is on the agenda? When will you be eating? Who will be there? At most times, it is best to find the strength in the unknown, especially during recovery, but on a holiday where the stress is developed from many other issues it is best to have it all (if not, most) figured out.

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Where my BRUHS at!

By: 
Matt Shepherd

What up Bruh! If you are a man with an eating disorder and you are reading this, you are not alone. No really, 10 million of us actually. Most likely at some point I was over exercising next to you at the gym, or I was in line behind you at the grocery store buying my binge foods. I may have even compared my body to yours due to my poor body image. You probably walked past me when I was morbidly obese. Perhaps what I’m saying is making someone feel uncomfortable. Sorry….”Trigger Warning. These issues may cause discomfort. Please read at your own discretion.

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The Miracle of Macaroni (and corndogs)

By: 
Suzanne Oliver

As my college-aged daughter was landing on the tarmac after ED treatment away from home, I stood at the stove feeling apprehensive about the sour cream I was stirring into the chicken paprikash and the homemade macaroni and cheese that was baking in the oven.  My mind buzzed with all the concerns she could potentially raise, and I felt keenly aware of the return of mealtime anxiety.

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What Would You Tell Your Younger Self?

By: 
Karla Mosley, NEDA Ambassador

If you could go back and talk to yourself at the beginning of your recovery journey, what would your wiser self say to your younger self?

Looking back, I have so much compassion for the young woman who was brave enough to seek out recovery from bulimia and binge eating almost 14 years ago. She was sad, and felt so alone despite the beautiful life and friends surrounding her that she was trying to take herself out, numb the hurt, escape the fear...with food.

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Don't Be Afraid of the Dark

By: 
Laura Porter

When I was in the midst of my eating disorder I was terrified of the dark. I did anything I could to escape from darkness--those uncomfortable feelings of anxiety, deep depression and loneliness. I know what it feels like to live in darkness and feel the hopelessness that comes with feeling lost.

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How Instagram Changed My Recovery

By: 
@nourishandeat

For years, my body didn’t belong to me. It was my disorder’s. Signed and paid for with my own self-hatred; countless hours at the gym on almost zero food; a scrap of paper I kept in my calendar to proudly mark the number of calories I’d burned, far greater than what I’d consumed. My anorexia had had her brittle hands on me for years, and I didn’t want to admit it. She was with me when I tried on wedding dresses, forcing me to choose the one I felt least fat in. She would whisper in my ear every time I bought groceries.

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I’m at Risk for an Eating Disorder...Now What?

By: 
Lauren Smolar, Director of Helpline Services

I took the screening  and it told me I could be at risk for an eating disorder...what do I do now?

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Sweet Girls

By: 
Shannon Kopp

While volunteering at a Los Angeles animal shelter, I met a brindle, ten-month-old pit bull named Sunny. She was very undernourished, and her tail looked like it had been chopped in half and then stomped on in three places. Yet despite her dire circumstances, a joyful energy moved through her. Every time I slipped inside her kennel, she came barreling into my arms and sprawled across my lap—her whole body wagging along with her stub tail.

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