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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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The Gift of Treatment

The Gift of Treatment

The Gift of Treatment
By: Hollyn Donovan

tumblr_loo4vmqz0b1qzeydlo1_500I have 1 more week in a “modified intensive outpatient” program at the treatment center I’m admitted to currently. I have 1 more week of going 6 hours per day, 3 days per week. Only 3 more days of my latest “normal” with the people I’ve been going through treatment with. Once this week is up, I go back to school at my local community college and begin…

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Never Forget

NEVER FORGET
By Denise Kirschner

vintagecamera-679679 Who could forget the carefree girl playing in the wooden boat? Nestled in the corner of the nursery school room, she ignored those who noticed the black pirate’s patch strengthening her left lazy eye…

Who could forget the little kindergartener with long brown hair cascading down her back? Holding hands with her best friend, she was mesmerized waiting so patiently…

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3 words that we say and hear everyday all day, and I lost it…..

3 words that we say and hear everyday all day, and I lost it…..

fightabattleThere is this friend I talk too periodically, we have random deep conversations and then don’t talk again for weeks. Well, this evening as I was driving doing I-81 he called. Honestly, I almost didn’t answer. I felt emotionally strung out and ‘deep’ was no where to be found. I answered anyway. For about the first 20 minutes I listened to him talk not really listening because my mind was all over…

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Love Your Selfie.

As I prepare for my talk tomorrow at the Roanoke Youth Summit called “Love Your Selfie” I can’t help but reflect about how much energy I’ve spent hating myself over the past 24 years. It really honestly makes me sad.

I think about standing in front of my mothers full length mirror in her bedroom naked getting on and off the scale, tears streaming down my face willing with everything inside of…

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