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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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August 17, 2020
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A Pastry Chef’s Journey to Recovery

When people see a fire burning, they run away as fast as they can, screaming “fire”, so that someone else can extinguish it. What’s the point of running into a burning house without the proper equipment to put it out? For most of my life, the kitchen was my fire—it scared the living sh*t out of me. At the same time, I had been brought up to love it. I was born to Ecuadorian and…
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August 05, 2020
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At the Intersection of Being Autistic and Having an Eating Disorder

I was 20 years old when I found out I was Autistic. At that point, I was already four years into a battle with an eating disorder I didn’t know I had. My food issues started early in my life. Like many Autistics, I had severe aversions to certain smells, textures, and flavors. My hunger signals didn’t work well, and I was also intolerant to the feeling of being hungry. To this day, I do…
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July 27, 2020
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Breast Cancer + Eating Disorders: My Journey of Survival

My name is Leah Wypych and I am the Chair of the Board of Directors for The Alliance for Eating Disorders Awareness. As many know, and some may assume, I am in recovery from my eating disorder. Many also assume this is the reason for my drive and passion to help anyone struggling with an eating disorder. They are mostly accurate. At age 32, I was diagnosed with stage III-B breast cancer. The biggest lump…
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July 14, 2020
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Eating Disorders in the Military

When I started my military career, the thought of me developing an eating disorder was improbable and impossible. Less than a year later, a near-death experience as a volunteer firefighter triggered the development of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), which was accompanied by depression, anxiety, and ultimately an eating disorder. My eating disorder initially presented as a renewed interest in intentional movement and mindful eating, proving that “wellness” can be a dangerous thing. My story is…
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