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Patient Advocacy: Winning the Battle Against Blue Cross Blue Shield

Posted by on Oct 24, 2014 in Insurance Issues, My Story | 11 comments

Patient Advocacy: Winning the Battle Against Blue Cross Blue Shield

As much as I don’t want to spend another minute on this topic, I think it’s necessary to talk about this last week and what has happened with Blue Cross Blue Shield. Let’s put the happy ending of the story first: I won my battle with Blue Cross Blue Shield and was able to return to treatment as of last night. I have learned two things from the experience of successfully going up against my insurance company on my own: It is possible to reverse an insurance company’s decision. They bank on most people giving up after the first few “no’s,” so you just have to make sure to push them far enough....

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So, Um… Where Did Joanna Go? A Return to the Middle Ground

Posted by on Aug 18, 2017 in My Story, New Post | Comments Off on So, Um… Where Did Joanna Go? A Return to the Middle Ground

So, Um… Where Did Joanna Go? A Return to the Middle Ground

Back to the Blog It has been six months since I last wrote on this blog. The apologist in me wishes I could offer a great story as an explanation, or some resounding justification for my absence. But as with most of life, it was simply a lot of little things that added up. Recovery update first, since that’s what we’re all about in this little corner of the blogosphere. Relative to my own process, I’m doing really well. There have been occasional slip-ups, of course, and my mind is still not the friendliest place to live in, but by and large, I am stable. What has been...

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An Eating Disorder Survivor’s Response to Trump

Posted by on Nov 11, 2016 in EDs and the Media, My Story, New Post | Comments Off on An Eating Disorder Survivor’s Response to Trump

An Eating Disorder Survivor’s Response to Trump

 The Election of Trump It has been a while since I’ve written. I had a post ready to go explaining my absence, which has been largely due to a new job with ample responsibilities and challenges. But then Tuesday happened, and suddenly my own travails lost their significance to me. There is little else I’ve been able to think about besides the savagely disappointing loss we experienced on Election Day. I was ill prepared for the actuality of a Trump presidency, and even less so for the grief that followed. I understand the political and intellectual ramifications of Tuesday’s outcome, but I...

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What an Eating Disorder in Recovery Sounds Like

Posted by on Mar 4, 2016 in Ins and Outs of Eating Disorders, My Story, NEDAwareness Week 2016 | 18 comments

What an Eating Disorder in Recovery Sounds Like

Wait… You’re not over that eating disorder yet? During National Eating Disorders Awareness Week (NEDAwareness), I did a fair amount of preaching to the choir about early intervention. Presumably, some of it reached the general public, but since the overwhelming majority of my followers — if not all of them — are people who have been affected in some way by eating disorders, most weren’t new to this conversation. That’s not a bad thing. This population needs education and awareness, too. However, a somewhat jarring conversation at work toward the end of NEDAwareness...

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Recovery Resolutions for 2016

Posted by on Dec 31, 2015 in My Story | 1 comment

Recovery Resolutions for 2016

Recovery Resolutions I get pretty sentimental around holidays. And since there’s not much else that says “New Year’s Eve” like resolutions and reminiscing on the past year, that’s what this post is about! The year 2015 has been difficult, but in very different ways than 2014 was. In 2014, everything was new to me — health was new, weight restoration was new, honoring my thoughts and feelings was new, relationships were new, even my voice was new (or, perhaps, renewed). The highs were high and the lows were low, but there was something exhilarating about that. The newness of it...

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