I want to give the Birmingham, Ala. recovery community a MASSIVE congratulations on a very successful 2017 NEDA Walk! Our group of 90 walkers and countless other donors raised $10,444 to help the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) support individuals and families affected by eating disorders, and serve as a catalyst for prevention, cures and access to quality care.
Thank you to everyone who donated to and walked with the Body Boop team. We raised $500, and I could not be more honored to bring people together in the name of eating disorder recovery.
Speakers Staci Luker and Jamella Stroud were amazing. They both have written books on eating disorder recovery. Jamella spoke on her relationship with the abused, depressed little girl, and reconciling her past with a hopeful adult woman in recovery. Staci shared some sad details of trauma in her life, and how she had to take a step away from her family for everyone’s benefit and focus on recovery in her life. I understood so deeply where they were coming from with their stories. It is terrifying to move into recovery when all you’ve known is your disease, and that’s been your only coping mechanism from a young age.
I also greatly appreciated this year the variety represented by the speakers. Eating disorders affect all people, regardless of gender, age, race, family situation, etc. When I was a teenager, I was greatly impacted by seeing mothers leaving their children behind to go to treatment. I remember thinking to myself that I needed to get my ED figured out, because if I didn’t it could mean time away from my future kids. Having mothers and fathers speak about finding recovery only helps more families! Kudos to the speakers this year.
We had a great day at Homewood Park! Thank you to Castlewood at the Highlands for spearheading the event. Looking forward to 2018!