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A letter to those judging me (or someone else)…. right now.

A letter to those judging me (or someone else)…. right now.

Dear haughty, super sophisticated, “I’m better than you” folks,

568da999e957e9f81b823498c525f61bPlease take your place on the social latter far above my head and label me whatever you want. I don’t care. In fact doing so makes it that much easier for me to distinguish with whom who I find it worth spending my time. So, continue talking about me, rolling your eyes, snickering, gossiping, and spending all of your time and energy…

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Another change to keep me going…

Another change to keep me going…

Another change to keep me going… By: Christina Calhoun

imagesThere are so many things in this world that are helping me to stay sober, to stay healthy, but a new one has risen, and I am excited to share.

My husband and I recently discovered that we are expecting our first child.

I have always had a desire to be a mother, I think it stemmed from helping my mom with my younger brother. But now, more…

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The Voice Within…Listen

The Voice Within…Listen

The Voice Within…Listen by Denise Kirschner

reflectionAre you there? Can you hear me? Can you see me? What are you doing? Why do you continue to do this to us…to me? You know what I am talking about. You are using behaviors again. How many times are you going to put me through this? Commit to recovery and just stop this.

I know you are unhappy, but you need to stop taking it out on me. I understand that…

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Suicide: Pre Suicide Prevention Week Thoughts.

Suicide: Pre Suicide Prevention Week Thoughts.

FBprofile2014 Suicide is actually something that I think about a lot. It’s pervasive in our culture. We try to ignore it, rationalize it, discredit it, run from it, stuff it into a compartment or the like; but it simply can’t be done.

We talk about it as though it’s foreign; in reality though it’s common. Be it in thought, media or literature, horrific personal tragedy, or talk. It’s dark that’s for sure and…

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Feeling like a failure.

Feeling like a failure.

I feel like a failure at least once every single day. Maybe it’s because my room isn’t clean enough or my hair won’t go the “right” way or I spent money on something that I shouldn’t; it’s a fact that I constantly fail to meet my own expectations. That is not a fun place to be. It’s actually miserable.

Some people say that having high expectations for yourself leads to high performance. To a…

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Choosing Recovery: One Year Later

Choosing Recovery: One Year Later

Choosing Recovery: One Year Later
 Written by: Lizzie E.

Quotes About Moving On 0097-99 (7)On August 7, 2014 I celebrated an occasion that I never expected to experience; I celebrated one year in recovery from my eating disorder. You may be wondering what I mean by “in recovery”, or how I got to where I am today. Well, no two people define recovery in exactly the same way, nor does anyone share the same experiences, but I will…

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It Takes Time.

It Takes Time
By: Alexa Witcofsky

keep-goingWhen I first got out of treatment, I wasn’t at the point where I thought I would be. I was ready to do the bare minimum, but nothing more. I still thought about food the majority of my day, I feared gaining weight, and I was tallying up calories in my head based on the numbers I had obsessively memorized while in the thick of my eating disorder. I thought it was…

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The “Y” in Recovery

The “Y” in Recovery

The “Y” in Recovery
By: Christina Calhoun

Its-your-life-are-you-willing-to-fight-for-it “Take one day at a time.” This is a quote we are all familiar with, and many of us use it as a daily mantra. And as cliché as it may sound, it is probably the most truthful statement to someone recovering from an addiction, or suffering from any mental illness. It applies also with the words “recovering” or “recovery”. Notice how we never use the word…

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Returning Blogger: Lizzie Elsberg

Returning Blogger: Lizzie Elsberg

You all know Lizzie! We are all so excited to have her back blogging for Where I Stand. Here’s her bio and look out for her pieces at the end of each month! Welcome back Lizzie! 525711_10151815227261900_898867855_nLizzie Elsberg

Current City: Lorton, VA

Topics: Anxiety, Depression, Eating Disorders, PTSD, Trauma, Abuse, Recovery Topics, Coping Strategies

Lizzie was born and raised in Virginia. Though she came from a privileged,…

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