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Well over ten years ago, I walked into my first National Eating Disorders Association Conference, my newly written book, Life Without Ed, tucked away in my bag. Even though the book’s idea of personifying my eating disorder as an abusive partner named “Ed” seemed strange to some, the thought leaders—founders of the eating disorders field—welcomed me and my work with open arms.

These professionals astounded me with their passion and devotion to those whose lives, like mine, had been touched by the illness. I was deeply moved when experts began recommending my book and even the “Ed” metaphor to their patients and families. These clinicians said that my view as a recovered person was valuable, that I could provide a unique hope and inspiration. And, as a field, that was our main goal: to help those who still suffer.

To continue reading, please click here for the original blog entry on The Huffington Post.

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