Devastating news

I received the following in my email just now:

Hi Julie,


I am writing with disappointing news and I hope you will understand. A member of our community recently came across several of your blogs and youtube videos, and wrote to us expressing concern when this person saw you are on our conference agenda. After careful review, we have decided that we are uncomfortable with having you present at the conference because we cannot be sure of your recovery from your eating disorder.


Your experience and views are extremely valuable AND we must be very careful about our presenters and the possible triggers for those who are attending the conference. It is our practice to advise our conference committee to review all proposals and check online resources. Unfortunately, the committee neglected to check online this year.


I know this will be very difficult for you to hear and you will likely be very upset with us, but please understand that it is essential that we make sure that our speakers and attendees are safe. We do not feel like we can assure this for either you or our attendees. It is very difficult in situations like this to make a decision, but at the end of the day, I am responsible for many, many people during the conference, some of who are very fragile, and I must make decisions I feel are best for everyone concerned.


If you have already spent money on airfare, please send me a receipt and BEDA will reimburse you.


Please know that I appreciate your views and believe you are a beautiful writer. I wish you only the best.






Chevese TurnerFounder, President & CEO

Binge Eating Disorder Association (BEDA)

637 Emerson Place, Severna Park, MD 21146

Direct: 410.570.9577Fax: 410.741.3037

Toll-Free Main Number: 855-855-BEDA (2332)




Who has done this? Clearly, it wasn’t anyone who knows me in person currently. I suspect retaliation. After all, I wrote scathing reviews of Maria Mellano and a few others online. it was the least I could do to help others make the right decision.  There was nothing Maria could do about it.

I called Chevese right away telling her I had spoken to my attorney and my attorney stated I had the right to know who had contacted NEDA. This is an outright lie, but I wonder if she’ll call my bluff. I pointed out that my youtubes aren’t current (except for my rousing Toastmasters speech). How would someone in Boston know if I am “recovered” or not? I mean, what do they think? That I am deathly thin or whatever? Gee….

So I am not in the greatest, most chipper mood. i am wondering if I really need an attorney.

Feedback and comments welcome!