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A Letter From the Brink of Relapse

Posted by on Jun 11, 2015 in Posts by Guest Writers, Therapeutic Letters | Comments Off on A Letter From the Brink of Relapse

A Letter From the Brink of Relapse

By Don Blackwell, author of Dear Ashley: A Father’s Reflections and Letters to His Daughter on Life, Love and Hope  See this original post on EatingDisordersBlogs.com A Letter From the Brink of Relapse “Just eat for God’s sake, for your sake – for our sake!” Dear Mom, Dad, Husband, Brother, Sister, Friend, I know you’re frustrated and angry that I’m struggling – AGAIN! Believe me, I am too, but I’m also terribly afraid – afraid of slipping back into the quicksand of this insidious disease, afraid of the darkness that I know is waiting for me if it succeeds in pulling me back in, if it...

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When Death Comes

Posted by on May 29, 2015 in My Story, Poetry & Inspiration, Posts by Guest Writers | Comments Off on When Death Comes

When Death Comes

  When Death Comes When death comes like the hungry bear in autumn; when death comes and takes all the bright coins from his purse to buy me, and snaps the purse shut; when death comes like the measle-pox when death comes like an iceberg between the shoulder blades, I want to step through the door full of curiosity, wondering: what is it going to be like, that cottage of darkness? And therefore I look upon everything as a brotherhood and a sisterhood, and I look upon time as no more than an idea, and I consider eternity as another possibility, and I think of each life as a flower, as...

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Recovery Is Now

Posted by on Apr 20, 2015 in Poetry & Inspiration, Posts by Guest Writers | 1 comment

Recovery Is Now

One Friday, about four weeks into residential treatment, I had a particularly bad day. In a moment of distress and vulnerability, I slipped up and used a behavior, which ended up costing me dearly in that very strict, “merit-based” treatment structure. My roommate and another friend rallied around me. That night, the three of us skipped the mandatory family group and camped out in our bedroom, hiding like truant teenagers from the counselors who came around to check that everyone was at the group. We sat on the floor between our beds and played cards, gossiping about our...

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Wild Geese

Posted by on Apr 8, 2015 in My Story, Poetry & Inspiration, Posts by Guest Writers | Comments Off on Wild Geese

Wild Geese

Wild Geese By Mary Oliver You do not have to be good. You do not have to walk on your knees For a hundred miles through the desert repenting You only have to let the soft animal of your body love what it loves. Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine. Meanwhile the world goes on. Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain are moving across the landscapes, over the prairies and the deep trees, the mountains and the rivers. Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air, are heading home again. Whoever you are, no matter how lonely, the world offers itself to your...

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NEDAwareness Week: Binge Eating Has No Easy Cure

Posted by on Feb 23, 2015 in Ins and Outs of Eating Disorders, NEDAwareness Week 2015, Posts by Guest Writers | Comments Off on NEDAwareness Week: Binge Eating Has No Easy Cure

NEDAwareness Week: Binge Eating Has No Easy Cure

Diversity & Marginalized Voices By Andrew Walen, LCSW-C, Founder and Director of The Body Image Therapy Center When I was struggling, I mean really at my rock bottom in my life, I blamed my body’s large size for all my sadness and anxiety. If I only had the flat stomach, defined muscles, and V-shaped torso then all would be right with my life. So I starved myself, compulsively exercised, and used every diet aid available to me to reach it. The end result, every single time, was I returned to binge eating. This weight cycling and eating disorder rollercoaster, now officially...

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