In the fall of 2012 I began telling people I wanted to do something. Something to publicly fight back at the disease that has taken a good part of my life from me. And people responded.
On October 27th 2012 the Roanoke area had it’s very first benefit to raise awareness, education, HOPE, and funds for the treatment of Eating Disorders.
It’s was called: Where I Stand
My eating disorder almost took my life – and after spending lots of time and money in intensive treatment – I found my way out of the darkness that consumed me.
Eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any mental illness; and are debilitating. But There is Hope – in prevention, in treatment, and in recovery – and that is where I stand today.
On October 27th 2012 at 7pm in the Andrew Lewis Middle School auditorium I publicly shared my story, with others who have been affected by this disease too. Three Virginia dance studios performed to empowered themselves and others to be healthy . Friends of people who have struggled spoke along with poetry, and so much more.
All the money donated that night went directly to a scholarship for the treatment for someone struggling.
The night was powerful. Strength radiated, and so much hope came from the dancers and the speakers. Below are pictures from Where I Stand: Eating Disorder Benefit 2012