Parents are often demonized in the eating disorder world. They often bear the brunt of the blame for their child’s hardships. At MEDA, we believe that parents and loved ones are part of the solution, not the problem, and that’s what I love so much about MAED and the MOM’s March.
In my own recovery story, my family and support system were the ones that helped get me through. They held me up until I was strong enough to do it myself. They fought for me in moments I didn’t feel like fighting for myself. At MEDA, we try and do the same for all the people we meet. Many of us at MEDA have fully recovered, so we know the power of recovery and how important it is to model that for others.
I know this March might be far for many of you to travel, but I want to emphasize how important it is to come together for this event. At MEDA we believe that education is power, and that is exactly what you’ll get there. You will hear people tell their stories, and you will learn about the depths of this illness. I can’t stress enough how important it is to spread awareness and better educate those around you about this life threatening illness.
What else will happen at the March? You will find a support network. I’ve seen this happen time and time again in my position at MEDA as well. From the very beginning, we’ve offered a CARE group to support the loved ones of those struggling with an eating disorder. That moment when a parent meets another parent and they breathe that sigh of relief in knowing they are not alone, is a magical one. Eating disorders thrive in isolation, so the more parents and loved ones can open up, connect and come together, the better. And the MOM’s March is a place where all of these life changing connections happen.
So, why do I march? I march for every single struggling soul. I march in hopes that by bringing people together, these deadly diseases will lose some of their strength and power. I march to raise awareness and spread the belief that full recovery is possible.
I hope you all will march with me.
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MEDA understands that eating disorders affect everyone – not just the individual who is struggling. It is important that all family members, partners and friends receive their own support, as well, so they can remain hopeful and supportive for their loved one. If you have any questions about services or resources for yourself or someone you know, please contact MEDA at www.medainc.org or (617) 558-1881