PostSecret: Confessions on Life, Death and God from Frank Warren on Vimeo.

Is your eating disorder your deepest secret?  You’re not alone.

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But if keeping that incredibly painful burden under wraps is finally burning you out – if you’re tired of avoiding life for fear of exposing it – if that feeling of intense loneliness is at last too much to bear – maybe it’s time to open up.  Here’s a few reasons why:

  • Isolation and secrecy is what keeps us sick.  Eating disorders thrive on shame and shadows, while true life (and recovery) grows from honesty and openness.  The choice is essentially one of life or death.
  • Truth often begets truth.  Your honesty could open up a door for someone else that may otherwise have remained eternally shut.  You never know how your experience can benefit others.
  • A trustworthy ear can miraculously lift a whole lot of weight from your shoulders.  The truth told to even the most unlikely stranger has greater power than you can imagine.  You just might feel better!
  • We cannot beat this alone. With our bodies and minds hard-wired for eating disordered cycles, we have no defense against the lies and impulses characteristic of our disease.  We need outside help.
  • We get it.  Maybe your friends and family have no way of grasping the enormity of your battle – but there are a great number of us who can relate to your story.  In circles like Anorexics & Bulimics Anonymous, no confession is too shocking, because we’ve been there, too.

You can find the courage to open up, like the folks in the PostSecret film.  It’s worth it – help is waiting for you to ask for it.  So let it out. 

Chances are, someone who loves you knows your secret already.

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