Sunday, February 20, 2011

National Eating Disorder Awareness Week


National Eating Disorder Awareness Week kicks off today. The aim of NEDAwareness Week is to ultimately prevent eating disorders and body image issues while reducing the stigma surrounding eating disorders and improving access to treatment. Eating disorders are serious, life-threatening illnesses — not choices — and it’s important to recognize the pressures, attitudes and behaviors that shape the disorder.

The picture above was taken while I was at Renfrew, which is an eating disorder treatment facility. I signed up for a phototherapy class, and as a group we decided to photograph all of our hands together. To me it symbolizes reaching out for help, accepting each others differences, and gathering strength from each other. Living with a group of women who were all suffering from similar things was very powerful and helped me to not feel so alone.
I have posted this poem that I wrote to go with the photograph before, but I thought this week would be a good time to repost. Eating disorders thrive in isolation and silence. If you are feeling lost and alone, please reach out and ask for help.

Together We Are Strong

Arriving alone, shaken and scared
it didn't take long for your hands to be there
Reaching out through the pain
Holding on to all who came

And together we were strong
Each voice shared a different song
We grew in strength in our own time
With helping hands we could choose to fly

There are times when I falter, fearing that I may fall
I remember those hands when I'm feeling small
And together we are strong.

Angela Minard 2008©


Catherine said...

Beautiful poem...God Bless you on your journey...once you recognize that there is a problem you on your way to a new beginning...Blessings, Catherine

Haley said...

Love the poem :)
And the picture of the hands and what they represent.
ED does separate us from all others, but this is a great reminder that we are not MEANT to be alone. Others are there to help us along.
Thanks :)
<3 Haley

Sia Jane said...

Beautiful words and a image that represents so much xxxx

Ann said...

wonderful poem and picture.

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