Everybody Knows Someone
A dear friend of mine texted me last night, asking me to send her a picture of the Empire State Building. After asking her why, she informed me that it was lit blue and green in honor of National Eating Disorders Awareness Week.
I don’t talk about it much now (nor did I at the time), but I battled with an eating disorder throughout most of my college years. It wasn’t something that I was proud of, so I always just brushed it under the rug — swearing that I was “just stressed” and that it “wasn’t a big deal” and that I was “totally fine.” Luckily, I was surrounded by wonderful family and friends who saw right through me, picked me up off of the ground, and got me the help that I needed. Without them as a support system, I would definitely not be where I am today.
In retrospect, I’m thankful for what I went through (and thankful that it’s over!) It may be hard to believe, but my struggles ended up opening new doors for me, encouraging me to be a more compassionate person, and introducing me to some of my very closest friends — most of whom I still talk to daily! I suppose that everything really does happen for a reason.
Everybody Knows Someone who struggles with a life-threatening eating disorder. For this reason, I urge you to take the time to educate yourself properly. For more information on the different types of eating disorders, common signs and symptoms, treatment methods and facilities, and ways in which you can help, please visit the official NEDA website. Your knowledge could help save someone’s life!
[National Eating Disorders Week began on February 26th and extends through March 3rd.]
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