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October 28, 2020
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A Page in Your Survival Guide

“Tell the story of the mountain you climbed. Your words could become a page in someone else’s survival guide”- Morgan Harper Nichols Oh, how desperately I needed someone else’s words to guide me during my family’s darkest days. When my sister was first diagnosed with an eating disorder, all we had was each other. We didn’t tell anyone outside of our immediate family about it, although they could have guessed. We thought we were the…
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October 23, 2020
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Spirituality and Eating Disorders

“Feed them and they will come.” This is the mantra of many churches and religious organizations. Growing up, a church service was not complete without the fellowship after the worship service that included coffee, tea, lemonade for the kids, and an assortment of cookies. I never questioned the relationship between snacks and fellowship, but on weeks when, for one reason or another, the food was absent, the fellowship was as well. Upon discovering that food…
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October 20, 2020
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Embracing Transitions to Create Positive Change

Transitions can be incredibly challenging, especially while in recovery. Change tends to go hand in hand with discomfort, disruption of routines, and the difficult task of trying something different. I often think back to my own transition of moving to a new state and starting my job at The Renfrew Center. Although these changes were exciting, the adjustment period included a wide array of emotions and challenges. In recovery, big transitions such as returning to…
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September 25, 2020
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The Hope Beyond Eating Disorders: A Personal Journey

I suffered from the afflictions of an eating disorder for three years. I wanted to take the time to get vulnerable and speak a little about my journey in hope to shed some light on anyone out there currently struggling with an eating disorder. Please know, there is a path to healing and recovery is possible. Starting in 2015, I found myself overly strict on my approach to nutrition and exercise. I had a routine…
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August 25, 2020
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Come As You Are: Better Than ED Told Me I Could Be

Reasons alum, Rachel S., shares how becoming a mom changed her, and ultimately inspired her to seek the treatment she needed. Who am I? What am I? Where am I? I spent years asking myself the same questions. Often, I was too scared to answer. For most of my life the answer to all of these questions was simple: I have an eating disorder and I struggle with anxiety and depression. But when I became…
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