In sixth grade I lost the friends that I grew up with, the strength acquired from receiving my black belt in Tae Kwon Do, my outgoing personality, and myself. In ninth grade I lost my academic ability, the trust from my friends, and my dream for making and playing college basketball. In tenth grade I lost the dignity from my parents, the respect from my high school peers, the enamel on my teeth, and the healthy body I once had.
What I want to say to my eating disorder is ‘thank you.’
What has been taken away from me has brought me to where I am in my life now. I am the Community Organizer and Communications Specialist for The Emily Program Foundation. Our mission is to save lives, change minds, and work to eliminate eating disorders. I have the honor to now advocate for people who had the similar experiences that I have had.
My parents both stood by my side and watched me fall only to rise taller and stronger than before. My mom and dad are both beautiful people and amazing parents and could not have raised me any better than they had. This is a chance for people like my parents to come and show their support for eating disorder prevention and treatment as they were just as much in the grips of the disorder as I was.
Some people, and their family members and friends, are still struggling. Come to the March! This is for you! If you cannot be there I will March for you, as well as the other hundreds of people who love and care for you so deeply.
The MOM March brings us together to unite our voices and our efforts to prevent eating disorders from taking away anything else in people’s lives. We get to stand at the Nation’s Capital and speak our message that as a society ‘we need to prevent and effectively treat eating disorders of all kinds!’
On October 27th and 28th The Emily Program Foundation will be marching and lobbying for change. We will be using our voices on a federal level to advocate for treatment and for training. We are lobbying for The Anna Westin Act with the Eating Disorder Coalition to address the three T’s- Training, Treatment, and Truth in Advertisement. The AWA clarifies congressional intent to include all eating disorders in the implementation of the Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008.
These two days will be bring us one step closer to preventing and eliminating eating disorders! We will bring about positive change in the eating disorder prevention, treatment, and recovery movement!
Register now for #MarchAgainstED and #EDCLobbyDay - www.MarchAgainstED.com