We are honored to share a compilation of Member Quotes directly from some of our Pro-Recovery Movement members! These articulations are a beautiful part of the recovery canvas that is continually being painted in the eating disorder community.
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“Be who you were created to be. Be YOU.” – Jennifer
“Don’t think about how long it will take to heal or recover. Just keep putting one foot in front of the other. Recovery is not about figuring anything out; it’s about having the will to take another step toward love.” – Allegra (Recovered after 12 years of anorexia and bulimia.)
“One of the biggest things I have learned over the years is that my eating disorder was never in vain. All the pain I went through and the struggles I had in early recovery were meant to happen. They were meant to happen so that I could be a vessel for others. I am here to be the voice of the eating disorder and to help others in their journey! My pain has now turned into strength, pride for who I am, and joy that I can spread the message of recovery! That’s pretty awesome!” – Cassandra
“It’s all about a better version of yourself. You’re not going to have a good body image if you don’t work to treat your body right. If you don’t work for something you don’t value it. So being healthy, eating right, working out, all these things are not to obtain a size but to feel good about who you are and take pride in your body. The main message is to have balance between your physical self and your inner self.” – Linda via Katie Halchishick
“When you think to criticize someone’s outward appearance, first analyze the size of your own heart. Suddenly, bigger isn’t a bad thing!” – Kaitlyn
“Anorexia is a dangerous, capable, persistent woman and that is the mystery of her attraction which is only skin deep. But inside she is empty. I saw through her and learned that inside of me, in my soul, there lies a secret which we all carry, a secret about myself, my own beauty, size and qualities, the secret that makes us special. Let your secret out.” – Ivana
“It took me a while before I learned the fact that ultimately changed my entire journey: Recovery is not a state of mind, but a lifelong process. I don’t have to be perfect and I don’t have to rush through it, but no matter what, I must always move forward.” – Candace
“Healthy looks different on every single person and every single body. Recovery is a process rooted in the idea that I love myself too much to keep myself from my best. Fuel your body to be capable, not crippled.” – Maria
“YOU are beautiful. Never forget that. In a world of 7.1 billion people, there is only one YOU. So take care of you because the world needs you.” – Mary
“It’s important for me to remind myself that recovery is a day-to-day, moment-by-moment process. Even when I struggle or slip, I know I always have the opportunity to do the ‘next best thing’ the next day or the next moment. Although I often get discouraged and want to give up, I try to re-frame my thoughts: Struggle is not a failure, struggle is a sign that I am trying. Each time I try again, I am choosing recovery.” – Traci
“All highways of struggle have exits to recovery.” – Shannon
“Recovery means taking off the mask you have been hiding under and facing life, being assertive, and being able to say ‘no’ to things you don’t want to do. It’s also about accepting myself for who I am not and what I was and moving on – a life of fulfillment, happiness, and love.” – Carey
Page last updated and reviewed: By Jacquelyn Ekern, MS, LPC on June 7, 2016
Published on EatingDisorderHope.com, Treatment Information for Eating Disorder