Two Worlds, by Victoria Johnson

“Two Worlds” – a guest piece by Victoria Johnson   I survive in two worlds. To an outsider, and even to some of the people who know me, they seem to be dichotomous realities. One world is that of a fully independent, working, single woman in her mid-20s, with two degrees in her name. This woman appears to have her life together and receives positive feedback from others...

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Life After Dealing With An Eating Disorder – Anonymous

  “Life After Dealing With An Eating Disorder” was written by a contributor who prefers to remain anonymous, and who wanted to say thank-you after being treated by our own Patti Perry 35 years ago.   Many years ago, in the early 1980’s, I realized that I had a serious problem and that I needed help. When all of this began, it was the mid- 1960’s. I thought I had...

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Naïve, by Jenna Miguel

“Naïve” – a guest piece by Jenna Miguel. I’ve always been a little naïve about the world around me; most likely because of how sheltered I grew up. I’m the first to admit that it’s been sheltered, but not for the reasons one might think. My parents didn’t want my sister and I to see that horrible things happen to wonderful people, and so we lived in our bubble. Our...

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Tierra’s Story: A Fault In Our System

What are some of the things you think of when you hear the word Canada? Besides beavers, maple leaves, and Parliament, perhaps one of the things you think of is “free healthcare”. Canada is often promoted as a country that offers free healthcare to its citizens, but for someone like myself, I have learned early that this “glorious” system contains many limitations. Let me tell you about...

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A Daughter’s Story: Treatment Should Not Require Luck, Part II

My eating disorder has been a life-long journey. I am writing this in support of the “What’s your story?” campaign put forth by the National Initiative on Eating Disorders. As a survivor of Anorexia Nervosa, I support the mission put forth by NIED to educate the general public on the severity of living with an eating disorder, and the lack of resources supporting those who do. Although it...

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A Mother’s Story: Treatment Should Not Require Luck, Part I

She was 26 years old. In the summer of 2012, our daughter was diagnosed with Anorexia Nervosa – not otherwise specified. We were told by professionals that there was good news and bad news. The good news was, they felt our daughter would probably respond to an inpatient treatment program - the bad news was, there are only 18 beds in Ontario and the wait list is 2 years long…. our...

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