“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
I actually don't know what I weigh on the scale. I focus on how I weight my priorities in this one short life.
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.