I am the National Eating Disorder Association’s newest Ambassador. I remember looking at this site when I first was trying to get help, seeing that peeps like Paula Abdul and Jamie-Lynn Sigler were representing, and feeling inspired. I picked up the phone, and found the specialist who helped me through years of struggle.
And here I am today, surrounded by people telling me when and what to eat (eat, EAT!!!) during the most stressful time in my life. I used to be so anxious about a relapse, but not anymore. I am not getting angry or frustrated or upset or ungrateful. I am just listening to myself, and treating myself excellently, because I know who I am and what I need.
Now I will volunteer my time to give back to others struggling with eating disorders on a larger scale than I already do with Thick Dumpling Skin and The Actor’s Diet. And though the gifts and gratitudes I’ve received over the years are wonderful, they are never ever necessary or expected. I know you guys know why I do this; it’s not to be idolized or thanked.
I’ve watched my father be stronger than ever recently. He continually shows me anything is possible if you believe in your own inner strength. If someone calls you a “snob” or “selfish” or “asshole” or “bitch” or “fat” or “emaciated” or “stupid” or WHATEVER….even someone who is supposed to know/love you – remind yourself who YOU really are.
And if you’re still figuring out who that is, that’s okay too. We all are.
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