Recovery Diary 3/1/19

In honor of NEDA’s Eating Disorder Awareness Week theme “come as you are”

Come as you are

broken and bruised, triumphant and free, or tired and used

Come as you are

black, brown, white, red, or yellow

Come as you are

straight, gay, trans

Jew, Muslim, Buddhist

whatever you may choose   

Come as you are

because eating disorders don’t discriminate

and in order to beat them

we must stop perpetuating stereotypes

eating disorders aren’t thin

or fat

or small

or big

or medium

or just right in the middle without a change to be seen

eating disorder’s aren’t about throwing up or running miles

they aren’t about scales or doctor’s visits or treatment stays that take a long long while.

eating disorders aren’t female, aren’t young, aren’t white, aren’t thin

eating disorder’s attack everywhere

but until now we’ve been to blind to the true monster

somewhere deep deep within

the monster is insidious

it feeds on confidence and freedom

sucking it all out and leaving its victim completely depleted

the monster takes lives

more than my fingers can count

there was him and her and her and him and them and them,  

and next year deaths will start all over again….

eating disorders are killers

they are monsters we can’t see

society has blinded us

convincing us to believe

that the victims are of a certain type

that they fit the medias mold

but people are dropping fast

because it is opposite of what we have been told

eating disorders don’t look like one person

they could affect anyone on the street

we need to start a movement

instead of turning our cheeks

to the epidemic ahead

we must bring voices and stories and a whole lot of noise

we must continue sharing to break societal molds

shout it from the rooftops

speak it on the trains

if you have or have had an eating disorder don’t fight your battle in shame

we are here

we are aware

because for once we know we aren’t alone

for once we can come

Just are We Are  


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