Category: Stories of Hope

“Do not go where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path, and leave a trail.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Watch and read about outstanding women and men and their stories of hope, who exemplify substance, character, and are shining examples of using their unique gifts and talents to lead fulfilling lives and contribute to a better world. All have battled eating disorders and are doing well in their recovery.

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The Promise of Hope for Greta

I never believed that I would be writing from a place of recovery, and for that, I am so grateful. In my adolescence, I experienced deep darkness, and I turned to food as a coping mechanism. I was looking for someone or something to tell me I was worthy of life. And my eating disorder [...]
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Destroying my Demon, an Ongoing Process.

Control, it’s something I never felt like I had. Control was something I thought I would achieve by starting a calorie deficit for weight loss, which turned into anorexia nervosa. The truth is, I never felt more in control than when I began the road to eating disorder recovery. I developed a very unhealthy mindset [...]
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Hannah’s Recovery Story

I attended my first class at “Shapedown” in an elementary school gymnasium. Shapedown is notorious for their “family style” approach to weight loss. I wasn’t older than 10 years old, and I found myself accompanied by my mother and father and being told the difference between “good” foods and “bad” foods. I had always been [...]
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Irené Winterburn’s Recovery Story

My name is Irené Winterburn. I am an eating disorder, sexual abuse, physical and verbal abuse, twenty-year-cocaine-addict in recovery, and suicide survivor who lives with depression, bipolar disorder, and PTSD. I also suffer from sleep paralysis and fibromyalgia. Both my parents abandoned me by the age of two-and-a-half years old. I was put into a [...]
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Amy Waddle’s Recovery Story

My name is Amy Waddle. I am an eating disorder, sexual abuse, suicide survivor who lives with Bipolar II disorder, and I’ve lived with bipolar since adolescence. I adopted the ups and downs and emotional darkness as “it’s just me” for almost ten years before being diagnosed at age 24. My eating disorder recovery process [...]
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