It’s National Eating Disorder Awareness Week.
And this year’s theme is “It’s Time to Talk About It.”
Talking about mental illness is hard. The stigma, the shame, the embarrassment. it leaves little room for recovery and community, little space to grow and heal. But it is time to talk about it. It is time to allow our stories and struggles to live and breathe. Because there is power in shared experiences. There is strength in community.
Sharing my story is hard, but so is recovery.
Next week, I’m sharing my story. I’m allowing my words, experiences, and struggles to live and breathe. My journey is unique and yet shared by so many. The anxiety and shame, the restriction and amenorrhea, the depression and need for control. It is all interwoven, creating the life I lead today. As we work through this year’s National Eating Disorder Awareness Week, I will share a piece of my story each day, including my struggles with anxiety and depression, my relationship with running, my quest for healing, and my partnership in a project aimed at keeping this conversation going.
It’s National Eating Disorder Week, and this year we’re going to talk about it.