To my brothers and sisters suffering from an eating disorder

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I call you brother and sister because we are on this painful, misunderstood, stereotyped, mysterious journey together. Though we have never met, though we don’t agree or believe the same on everything, though our stories are different, at this moment in time, we understand each other like so few do, like so few can.

And you, you right there, you are beautiful.

I was struck by this truth as I read the blog of a fellow sufferer. There is a beauty in you that comes from the pain, that comes from struggling each day, each meal, each minute, and continuing to continue. There is beauty in your strength. There is beauty in your vulnerability. There is beauty in your struggle, and beauty in your resilience.

That includes you.

I wish me telling you this could make you see your own beauty, could make you understand that you need to stop abusing yourself in your own mind. I know it won’t. But know that I believe it’s true for you.

This includes every parent, friend, bully, significant other, stranger, and everyone in between. It also includes the voice in your head that tells you you’re not good enough.

You are beautiful. Try to mull that over for a bit. Not only that, you are strong. You are so much stronger than you realize. You are here, you are reading this, and that means you’ve overcome every obstacle in your life so far, and you’re still here. You may not have the best coping mechanisms, you may not know or see your strength, but you are strong just for surviving. And you are worth it. You are worth being on this earth. You are worth that food. You are worth the air you breathe and the space you take up. You are also worth recovery, and I hope that if you don’t see that you, someday you will.

Thank you for being here. When your head tells you you’re not worth it, or that you shouldn’t be here, remember that I am so grateful that you are here. Keep existing. ❤

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12 responses »

  1. The benefits of connecting with our peers and fellow bloggers.

    Other have been and are going through what we have and are going through.

    We are not alone.

    I don’t have an eating disorder but my appetite has significantly reduced since being on seroquel.

    I tend to eat because I think it is time rather than because I am hungry.

    Thanks for the post.

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  2. This. You. Win.
    Seriously – so encouraging! I only wish for you that you could see the beauty you write with, the precious empathy and care in your heart for others, and your value as a loving person deserving of life – and a fulfilling one.
    You lift others up so well, and I would love to see you rise with us through your own words. ❤ Hugs!
    Thank you. 🙂

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  3. Everything in this post applies to you also. You are beautiful, and strong, and courageous, and amazing, and worth being alive. Please try to remember that when the voice in your head tells you it is not true. Hugs, Laura

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