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Childhood Pain: Using the Rear-view Mirror

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At times I wonder why things that happened to me a very long time ago still can usher in a gnawing hurt in my heart. Have I not worked hard in recovery to gain an understanding of pain from my past? I know I have. I like to think of my relationship with my past […]

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My Love Letter

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We Can Not Do This Alone Living the years in my recovery journey I am convinced that one of the greatest predictors of living in freedom from an eating disorder is the support we surround ourselves with. The journey is difficult. It is so hard. The people we have by our side to walk with […]

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Facing an Eating Disorder in Front of the Dressing Room Mirror

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I recently found myself standing in front of the mirror in a store’s dressing room while trying on swimsuits. Yikes! This can be a distressing situation for anyone, but as someone in recovery from an eating disorder, I found myself suddenly bombarded by negative messages and feelings of fear and shame. Self-judgment filled my head as […]

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National Eating Disorder Awareness Week

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This has been an important week bringing awareness to the community of the devastation of eating disorders. I had the opportunity as a member of the Recovery Ambassador Council for Eating Recovery Center (ERC) to take part in a fantastic event in Cincinnati, OH, earlier this week. Maria Bruce, a senior at Mount St. Joseph […]

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Why We Must Be Willing to Fully Recover

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“Do I want to get “better” or do I want to become truly “well”? Kelli, what’s it going to be?” That’s the question I asked myself on a cold, snowy day several years ago. I was a 42-year-old woman in an eating disorder treatment center. This wasn’t my first time being hospitalized or my first […]

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Trust: A Foundation of Recovery and Freedom

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How many times in early recovery did I wrestle with this word, TRUST? The eating disorder had whispered for so many years that it was to be trusted to have the answers to my shame and fear. In direct opposition to that voice, my treatment team of physicians, therapists, and dietitians asked me to trust […]

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It’s Never Too Late to Get Help for an Eating Disorder; I Did it at 42

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Making the decision to enter treatment for an eating disorder at any age can be difficult, producing so much fear, anxiety, and shame. No matter how old you are, you can find many reasons to believe that eating disorder treatment just is not a good idea. I know the feelings that surround the decision to seek treatment […]

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Redemption

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I absolutely love this word! Google the definition of the word, “redeem” and this is some of what you will find: retrieve, regain, recover, get back, reclaim, and buy back. A biblical view of this word says all of that and more. God is in the business of redeeming, restoring and giving life. The entirety […]

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It’s a Shame That You’re a Shame

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I tensed as the shadow of my mom fell across my work of pulling weeds under the fence in front of our farmhouse. She had come to inspect the work of my brother and me. To this day I can still hear her words, “Did I show you how to do this job the right […]

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9 Helpful Tools You Can Use in Eating Disorder Recovery

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To start, I’d like to share three truths about the early days in eating disorder recovery: There are days that are going to be difficult. Along with the hope and willingness to change comes the realization that this journey is going to be about more than checking off a to-do list. If living in recovery is going […]

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