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I have never been married, but I am happily divorced. Ed and I lived together for more than 20 years. He was abusive, controlling and never once hesitated to tell me what he thought, how I was doing it wrong and what I should be doing instead. I hated him, but I could not leave him. Ed convinced me that I needed him and that without him I was worthless, nothing special, and worse. He told me that he was looking out for my best interest — that his way was for my own good — but he always turned on me. He made promises that he never kept. When I hit bottom physically and emotionally, I finally decided to divorce him.

To continue reading, please click here for the original blog entry on The Huffington Post.  Share a gift of recovery in your life as a comment on the blog for a chance to win a signed copy of Life Without Ed! We are giving away a new edition as well as an original. Winners will be chosen randomly from all of The Huffington Post blog comments on Thursday, March 13, 2014.

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  • Kim

    I hope I can gain the courage to keep fighting ED to reach recovery, like Jenni did! I want people to look at me and be inspired.

    • Annie

      You can do it, Kim! Never give up <3

  • Annie

    My therapist recommended that I read this book just this past week! Even though it’s hard to believe that I’ll ever be free from the voice of ED, I find hope in stories like Jenni’s <3

    • I know it is hard to believe, Annie. Years ago, I didn’t believe it myself! But full recovery is possible. If you relate to “Life Without Ed,” you might find these free, downloadable tools helpful: https://jennischaefer.com/books/life-without-ed/ (Scroll to the bottom of the screen). Thanks for commenting here!

  • Heather

    I love your approach to recovery and staying recovered. Your so hopeful, and that is how I try to be with others, and hopefully more to myself some day too:) Like you’ve said, we’re
    perfectly imperfect.

    • Thanks so much, Heather! Yes, each day, my motto is “perfectly imperfect.” Another quote I heard recently that I love: “Done is better than perfect.” I think Sheryl Sandberg said that.

  • Anna

    I never had the power or knowledge to explain my ED to others. Life Without Ed represents EVERYTHING I have ever experienced in my ED. I reread Life Without Ed and constantly take notes to remind myself that if you, Jenni, could find freedom and happiness in your life, so could I. I believe that we all have the power to find life and discover the true beauty deep inside ourselves. Your story speaks to millions of people, and I am especially grateful.

    • Thanks for your lovely message, Anna. It means a lot to me that you found “Life Without Ed” helpful. Since you relate to my work, you might want to download some free recovery tools here: https://jennischaefer.com/resources/#resources-for-recovery And you are right: we all do have the power to find life and discover beauty deep inside. I love that!