This is a collection of essays from our community in response to our February writing prompt "What I've Gained". We received many submissions this month, so please note that although we were unable to include them all, we've read and been touched by every single one. By Calesse Smith Since truly committing to recovery, I have … Continue reading Community Essays: What I’ve Gained
“Come as You Are sends a message to individuals at all stages of body acceptance and eating disorders recovery that their stories are valid.” -National Eating Disorder Association For a very long time, I believed that I needed to change. My best friend growing up was smaller than I was. She lived down the street … Continue reading NEDA Week 2019: Come As You Are
When I finally broke free from my disordered eating, I gained the life that I didn’t realize I’d been missing. As recently as a few years ago, my life was consumed by negative thoughts about myself and my body. I was constantly on a mission to lose. I thought if I lost weight, I’d be … Continue reading What I’ve Gained
Submissions from the Lane 9 Project community, in response to our January writing prompt “I Weigh”. I am inherently valuable because I exist. And it has absolutely nothing to do with what I weigh. By Laila Drury Technically speaking, I weigh an arbitrary amount measured in pounds or kilograms, or “good” or “bad.” I … Continue reading Community Essays: I Weigh
What I weigh is so much more than a number, it is all the beautiful people, things, and challenges that make me a whole and worthy person.