Day 57/365: Struggle and Pant to be Free

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When I write of hunger, I am really writing about love and the hunger for it, and the warmth and the love of it and the hunger for it... and then the warmth and richness and fine reality of hunger satisfied... and it is all one.
-- M.F.K. Fisher

National Eating Disorder Awareness Week
A number of other strong, brilliant girls have posted pics for NEDA this week, and I thought I would respond with some comments about eating disorders that you don't find in the staggering statistics that they've shared.

Eating disorders are rarely about weight. Girls with active eating disorders may say it is, but they are really starving themselves for something much deeper and more intangible. It's about control and fear and anxiety on the deepest level.

An eating disorder is not a personality flaw. It's a symptom of a deeper illness that stems from genetics, environment, history, and trauma. Recovery from an eating disorder means more than just eating enough to maintain a healthy weight; it means learning to live life in a way that embraces uncertainty and flaws and love and grief. It's about learning to gain, not only physically, but emotionally, mentally, and spiritually,.

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FGR: Didn't eat the balls.
GTLW: The hats we wear--this is a metaphorical one
TOTW: I'm grateful, beyond words, for the supportive friends and family who have helped me through difficult times.
Z. because it's the end, and also the beginning.

Some of the others recognising NEDA week: Emily, Lauren Sarah, sadie harris, xdowncasteyes.

mareina, patchworkbunny, kerryrae, and 64 other people added this photo to their favorites.

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  1. ☠ The Punk ☠ 74 months ago | reply

    Good message, great image. Very explore worthy. :)

  2. lindsaymacdougall 74 months ago | reply

    wow , this is so powerful .
    you did a wonderful job capturing the emotion .

  3. *stacie* [deleted] 74 months ago | reply

    Wow!! Very dramatic!!

  4. J♥G 74 months ago | reply

    powerful image, very well shot

  5. Amadika 74 months ago | reply

    very strong image !

  6. - Loomax - 74 months ago | reply

    Intense picture !

  7. jaydesphotos 74 months ago | reply

    thiss is amazing :)
    i did one for NEDAW too yours is so good tho!

  8. Pagan Publications 74 months ago | reply

    i'm at a loss for words. thank you for sharing such an intimate and strong photo.

    Seen next to a fellow photo of Girls Theme Week *Live*. (?)

  9. kaitlinstrejlau 74 months ago | reply

    i would love to know what the entire quote says, i think the whole picture is absolutely beautiful.

  10. prairieskygal 74 months ago | reply

    Thank you! It says "I'm fettered and chained up in clay / I struggle and pant to be free," from #384 in the Sacred Harp.

  11. Beautiflaw 74 months ago | reply

    I looooove this!

  12. VKMUSTBEDESTROYED 73 months ago | reply

    Wow... I mean WOW! So powerful.

  13. djade20 73 months ago | reply

    Very powerful.

  14. juleelee05 70 months ago | reply

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Nude-Female-Self-Portraits, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

  15. Vassilis Velmachos 58 months ago | reply

    Amazing....I'm speechless!

  16. .sarah lorraine. 57 months ago | reply

    This is so powerful

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