The courage it takes to share your story might be the very thing someone else needs to open their heart to hope
BY SARAH LECK & BRI AREY
Thanksgiving -- as well as any holiday or event that focuses on food and social gatherings -- can be an extremely stressful time for individuals struggling with an eating disorder. It can also be a bump in the road to recovery for someone who has previously struggled with an eating disorder, as the stressors of family and meals create an overwhelming environment. Even folks who have never struggled with an eating disorder may feel uncomfortable because of body-related comments from relatives they haven't seen since last day. It may seem like an impossible day to get through.
BY REBECCA HOFFMAN
Trigger warning for discussion of eating disorder behaviors. This post was originally published on Rebecca Recovered. Cross-posted with permission.
Dear Joy, Michelle, Candace, Paula, and Whoopi,
I love The View. If you walk into my house at 11, chances are my mom and grandma are watching ABC. In a world where women’s voices are stymied and silenced, it is wonderful to see intelligent women share their opinions on what is happening in the world. That is why hearing your jokes about anorexia and bulimia made me so upset.
BY AMBER HOLT
Generally, people know when someone is saying something with the intent of being mean. But what happens when someone says something without the intention of hurting you and you feel pained anyway? What if that person is someone you know and care about?
BY TERESA CEBALLOS
Alright, it’s time for full disclosure here – how many of y’all in middle school captioned a picture you put on Facebook or edited with Picnik with the classic Maya Angelou quote: “Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away”? Did your sixth-grade-self truly believe this? Do you still believe this today? Even if you didn't use this quote to caption the pictures of you and your BFFs before Mom drove you to the school dance, I’m sure you've at least heard it before.