It is with a heavy heart that I write....the more I connect with those that are hurting and caught up in this vicious cycle of eating disorders, the more I want to open this kitchen as soon as I possibly can. I listened to stories yesterday of a lady who was living free from an ED, and I heard about a young lady who didn't receive any help or support and she died from anorexia.
In this ED world there are a lot of highs and lows....and I suspect the more I get involved the more I will hear. This kitchen I want to start is so necessary. I have spoken to my friends who are also in outpatient and struggling to eat their meal plan alone. My dream is to provide community and support in the food aspect of outpatient. Trust me, this is a critical part of staying in recovery mind set.
My friend, Donata (who I am starting up this kitchen with), took me into her home and let me eat with her one meal a day, it helped me so much. That someone cared if I was eating....that someone wanted to see me succeed....that I was getting help doing the thing that made me so afraid....not enough words will ever come to me to say thank you to her for helping me like this.
Now, I want to give back! I am still in recovery, yes, but this kitchen can come along side people like me and other ED sufferers, and help us accomplish what we desire. Hope and Recovery!