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Jess: Free from Shame

Originally published February 15, 2013

Jessica Clayton - free fromMy name is Jessica and I am good enough exactly as I am.

I am proud to be able to say that and mean it, because for many years I was unbearably uncomfortable in my own skin. I was a prisoner trapped in a body I hated, I was tortured by a constant bombardment of negative and worry thoughts in my mind, and I felt a profound emptiness within my soul, as if there was a hole in my chest where my heart should have been. I struggled with anxiety, depression, and eating disorders. Read More

Sep
18

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There’s No “One-Size-Fits-All” to Recovery

Josh Shook Sept Quote.jpgI still remember my first visit to Dr. Looney as a junior in high school (yes, that was actually his name). Earlier in the week, I had a particularly painful and awkward conversation with my parents in which I finally opened up about my struggle with depression and my past struggle with self mutilation.

Both my mother and father were incredibly supportive, even though they had difficulty understanding. They promptly scheduled an “emergency visit” to a psychiatrist that we knew through our church. Read More

Sep
16

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Recovery Tips Video: Handling Diet Talk

This month I discuss how to prepare to handle harmful diet talk, body shaming, and food policing. Anyone in recovery from an eating disorder has a constant unwanted and judgmental voice in his or her head, so it’s no wonder hearing a another person’s thoughts on top of that can be triggering (and annoying)!

Dealing with diet talk is easier than you may think–just remember a few key tips and you’re ready to go!

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Sep
15

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Changing Your Perspective of Your Body

Megan Mottola- Sept. Quote.jpgA question I was recently asked was: “Many people just notice the negatives of their own body image. How can a person change that negative perception into a positive one? What’s that process like?”

In my eyes, healing is a privilege. It teaches you things about the world and yourself you might not have the opportunity to know if you weren’t healing in some way. Read More

Sep
14

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Count Your Burdens

Mark D - count your burdensGimmicky sayings. I have to admit, I really can’t stand them. I often find them fluffy and without much substance. I was looking up some quotes on happiness I found particularly nauseating and I found this one: “For every minute you are sad you lose sixty seconds of happiness.”

For someone who suffered from depression, I would often be told these kinds of cheesy quotes in hopes to cheer me up. Instead, it made me feel even worse. If that’s all it took to pull me out of my depression, then let me tell you: I would have been recovered years before I was. Read More

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Jess: Free from Shame

Friday, September 19, 2014

Originally published February 15, 2013 My name is Jessica and I am good enough exactly as I am. I am proud to be able to say that and…

Heather: Free from ED, Depression, + Anxiety

Friday, September 12, 2014

Originally published February 1, 2013 Hi, my name is Heather and I would like to share my story with you in hopes that it will inspire you to get…

Sarah: Free from that Darkness

Friday, August 22, 2014

“Courage to Change: It takes great courage and inner strength to change from that which is known and comfortable to something which is new and fresh. That which is…

Ciara: Free From Self-Loathing

Friday, August 8, 2014

In hindsight, I can see I fell victim to my eating disorder in high school. Its development was patient, unhurried, calculated, and slow-burning – the devastation building to…


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