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June 18, 2021
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Embodying Pride by Taking Up Space: Eating Disorders in the LGBTQ+ Community

Last week, our community in The Alliance’s LGBTQ+ pro-recovery eating disorders support group reflected on what it means to have pride and how pride is expressed. This is, of course, personal to everyone. Pride can be internal and external. It can mean protest, celebration, connection to community, gender euphoria, survival, and so much more. I shared with the group that I believe the thread weaving these facets of pride together is the tenet that you…
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June 03, 2021
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The Process

TRUST the process, then EMBRACE the process, and eventually ENJOY the process. Those words are written on the inside cover of my bright yellow recovery journal. It has become my recovery mantra that I read multiple times throughout the day. To be honest, this statement experienced its own process. At the beginning of my recovery, it was simply “trust the process” because that was all I could do. I had to focus on one day,…
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May 17, 2021
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Why the Word “Recovery” is All Wrong

About ten years ago, I was taking part in an evening of live music and meditation as a part of an event to raise awareness for eating disorders, when the musician leading us in reflection and song said something that blew my mind. As he was challenging us to think about “recovery” in a different way, he pointed out that the journey to healing is not so much “recovery” as it is “discovery.” When any…
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May 12, 2021
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The Alliance Joins The Mental Health Coalition

At The Alliance for Eating Disorders Awareness, we are proud to announce our membership with The Mental Health Coalition. Together, with other leading mental health organizations, brands, and influential individuals, we are working to smash the stigma surrounding mental health, including eating disorders. The Mental Health Coalition (MHC) was founded by designer and social activist, Kenneth Cole, with the mission of working together to enable equitable access to resources and support for all people. The…
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May 11, 2021
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Embrace Your Experience

Even before my eating disorder made its first official “debut” with symptoms in my senior year of high school, I had thoughts and behaviors that started much earlier than I even realized. Looking back, I could see signs of ED wanting to creep into my life long before high school. He was a careful observer…a lurker in the shadows waiting for those perfect moments to pounce on a new victim when they were most vulnerable.…
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