By Maia Polson
The debate over being “recovered” versus “in recovery” from an eating disorder is one that I have not participated in for quite some time. A year ago, I reached a point in my own recovery where I felt comfortable with describing myself as recovered. I also decided then that the only person I needed to define that word for was myself. The debate became irrelevant to me, since I believe that every person’s definition should be one that works for him or her, regardless of what other people might think.
Eating Disorder Coalition (EDC) Lobby Day is next week in Washington D.C. This one-day event will be filled with educating “teams” how to advocate for the FREED Act and then meeting with legislators to push for FREED Act support.
Renovations have begun at The Emily Program’s newest location. The Emily Program bought the 18,000 sq. ft. Toogood building in 2010, it will become the adolescent residential services facility. The facility will include living quarters with five bedrooms, group counseling and exam rooms, and staff offices. The project is expected to be completed in July 2011.
By Joe Kelly
Ever heard the notion that the body is the temple of the soul? My church taught that idea when we were young, as a way to encourage us to treat our bodies with respect.
Our teachers also taught us to treat our church building with respect. That’s no surprise—have you ever heard of a faith community that did not treat its place of worship with respect (whether an ornate temple; massive megachurch; or rickety structure hand-build with found materials)?
By Maia Polson
Eating disorders are known for crafting exceptionalist thinking. Everyone else can follow those standards, but I’m different. Or, Everyone else deserves love and affection, just not me. My eating disorder was, well, no exception. But in recovery, I feel that I have confronted and successfully challenged a good portion of that exceptionalism that my illness thrived on. Even when I take strides in recovery that seem to be faster than expected, I always remember that rule of thumb: “Recovery takes an average of 7-10 years.”