To my dear most wonderful most awesome brothers and sisters with eating disorders all over the world

I want to say right now from the bottom of my heart I love you all.

I wouldn’t be here right now if it weren’t for you.

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I feel like there’s this wall around me and the world.  Folks around me don’t know what to say to me.  They look at me and they make false assumptions.

They assume things about people who are stuck on “disability” that are not true.

The assume that because I am thin, I am not “recovered.”  Why are they basing their assumption on my appearance?  Do I judge others on their appearance?

Some people are afraid to get close to me.  They are afraid to be friends with people who have a history of “mental health problems.”

Many people are resentful of the fact that I got better on my own.  However, that’s what it boils down to.  Humans will fail you.

Even the best therapists and nutritionists get laid off, get burnt out, drop dead, or retire.  Please don’t rely on these people.  Learn to rely on yourself.

People who are now around you, such as the person you now call your “best friend,” in ten years will most likely not be in your life.  Chances are the folks in your life now, most of them in a year will be gone.  New people will replace them.  There is a cycling of humans.  It is probable that in ten years you will be living in another location.  You will still be yourself, and you won’t look the same, but you will be much wiser.

Perhaps a beloved dog or cat or other pet will travel with you.  Such a blessing this is.

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People with eating disorders, I love it when I get a message from one of you encouraging me to go on with it all.  Keep going, folks, and I will, too.

 

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