Hungry For Change: Day 1

Tuesday, May 01, 2012

Hungry for Change is an Eating Disorder awareness group that is doing a 31 Day blog awareness challenge.  I've decided to join in the blogging throughout the month of May.  The idea is to raise awareness on eating disorders by writing about an eating disorder recovery-themed topic that is chosen for each day of May.  This is an issue that is very close to my heart, though many people don't know that part of my life.  So I thought this would be a positive and challenging reflection, as well as a way to pass on what I have learned and continue to learn about the life that is Recovery.  So, here we go!  Day 1!  (I'm not so great at always keeping  up with these things, but I will try my best!)

 I write about eating disorders because...

Well, because I had one.  I spent way too much of my youth entrapped by lies and habits that were quickly leading to my death.  Blogging wasn't around back when I was a teenager (gosh, I sound old.  I promise I'm not that ancient!), which I think is a good thing.  I would not have had much positive to say.  So now I write about eating disorders because I know the beauty that is in Recovery.  I know what its like to feel enslaved to a way of life that can kill you, and I now know what it is like to live a life free from that.  I hope that by writing some of my story and sharing about my life in recovery, I can encourage others in their new lives.

Through this month, I hope to dig out some of my old journals that I wrote in so diligently.  When I was in my second treatment center, I went through 12 journals.  (I was there 3 months.  Guess I had a lot to say.)  I hope to encourage people who may be struggling with whether or not they want to choose recovery- because it is a choice.  Every day it is a choice.  It won't always be a struggle, but it is always a choice.  I hope to share the beauty and freedom I have found in forgiving myself and letting go of the idea of "perfection."

So.... that's it in a nutshell for today.  I'd love to hear from you if you're doing this blog challenge or if you're just reading along as I write this month!  If you want to know more about the challenge, you can see the other prompts here

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  1. hey shey...

    glad you are doing this challenge - i am too. :)

    you've briefly mentioned to me that you've had an ed before, but you don't talk about it...(and that's okay!) but i am glad that i get to read about your triumphs and struggles and everything in between, because i know you have a lot of amazing things to say. :)


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