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I am writing you actually feeling like I don?t even have the words to summarize the immensity of my respect and gratitude I have for you.

I had a serious eating disorder ? I am almost 5?10, I dropped to 105 lbs. I recovered (superficially) and have even gone on to counsel young girls about beauty and body weight issues. I have carried five babies ? two that lived. I have almost lost my life and my son?s life with his delivery. We made it, but my body is still my nemesis.

I would still say it is the most consuming issue in my life and has even almost undone my marriage.

Never in all my years of struggling have I felt underground thought patterns start unraveling like they have since I?ve started reading your site every day. I?ve actually been shocked at what a profound and almost instant change I?ve started to notice in how I?m thinking. I was reading a magazine this afternoon and saw that I was just thinking/seeing so differently. Even though these are concepts I have taught at a university level.

I am thankful to you beyond words. Your site is a beautiful inspiration/revelation.

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4 comments… add one

  • Drea Friday, July 28, 2006, 9:29 am

    awesome!and yes body image issues can be so consuming.. you wake, eat, and dream about these things.Its so hard and only you can understand the struggle… that and others who’ve been through it.A husband has trouble seeing and understanding what your going through.

  • Sabrina Friday, July 28, 2006, 11:38 am

    Beautiful post! I agree that you can “know” that magazine photos are airbrushed, and the models aren’t perfect, and that no one expects you to look like them, but you don’t really know until you see the truth, and hear the words of so many real women–as if they have taken the words right from your own life/

  • mom on a wire Friday, July 28, 2006, 12:27 pm

    I have had the same change in my life since discovering this site. This site is a crusade for shameless truth and proud honesty, and I feel like I am witnessing something that is going to change the world. This is a quote that I find amusingly applicable: “Most truths are so naked that people feel sorry for them and cover them up, at least a little bit.” — Edward R. MurrowLet’s no longer be ashamed and sorry for our naked truths, ladies!

  • Jennifer Sprague, High Top Baby Des Friday, July 28, 2006, 5:33 pm

    You are a beautiful, strong woman for posting your story! Stay strong, and healthy for all of those around you that love you so much!

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