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September 21, 2021
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On Growth

Growth in the fire “This will make you better.” Every time I asked why-- Why me? Why did I develop an eating disorder? Why did I relapse? -- these were the words I heard. But these were never the words I wanted to hear. When life seemed too hard to make it another moment, I didn’t want to be a better person. I didn’t care about my growth, I just wanted it to all be…
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August 17, 2021
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Climbing the Mountain: Finding Resiliency in Recovery

I ran into the word resiliency while I was on social media. It was a reminder of something I wanted to embody. I thought maybe this could be my word for the year. It sounded hearty and tough. It showed a lot of grit. Last year and throughout this year, I have held onto the word hope. It has become sort of a mantra for me. Originally, I held onto others’ hope for me. Then,…
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July 26, 2021
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What Is Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID)?

Many eating disorders, such as Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia Nervosa, are well-known even among non-medical professionals and oftentimes easy to point out. This is largely thanks to ongoing media attention and education efforts, but one eating disorder remains relatively unknown: ARFID. Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID), which in the past was referred to as Selective Eating Disorder (SED), was finally listed in the DSM-V in 2013 and is now commonly treated in eating disorder treatment…
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July 15, 2021
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Self Love: Taking Internal Inventory

“What do you need?” On the days I find myself on the therapy couch overwhelmed, overworked, anxious, and spinning, my therapist comes back to this key question. Most of the time I want to throw my arms up and say, “You’re the therapist, I don’t know…tell me, tell me what I need!” But the reality is I have these answers within myself if I slow down and take some internal inventory. Taking internal inventory and…
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July 12, 2021
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Witness to Resilience

The past year has permanently changed my life, and not just for reasons relating to the pandemic. In May of 2020, I was diagnosed with an eating disorder and began an intensive outpatient treatment program (IOP). I was terrified. Being completely new to the world of eating disorders, I had no idea what recovery meant-- or if it was even possible. I worked hard in IOP, but unfortunately I continued to struggle. The burden of…
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