ViR 100th, NEDAW and a Giveaway

Todays post is in honor of ViR’s 100th post and National Eating Disorders Awareness Week!!

National Eating Disorders Awareness Week runs from February 20-26th, 2011. Its theme this year is “It’s Time to Talk about it.” This is a collective effort of volunteers, including eating disorder professionals, health care providers, students, educators, social workers, advocates, activists and those committed to raising awareness of the dangers surrounding eating disorders.

While I feel ViR does this on a daily basis, I also love when people share awareness on eating disorders on a national platform. I have been sharing links, eating disorder news, research, statistics all using the hashtag on Twitter #NEDAW11 so please feel free to follow that hashtag in the coming week!

What is the Missions of NEDAW 2011??

The aim (from NEDA) is “to ultimately prevent eating disorders and body image issues while reducing the stigma surrounding eating disorders and improving access to treatment. Eating disorders are serious, life-threatening illnesses – not choices – and it’s important to recognize the pressures, attitudes and behaviors that shape the disorder”

I was looking over my past posts and realizing just how far ViR has come from the early days of 2009. What began as me just sharing my story, became a platform for people to share their voices, and I have created my beloved #RecoveryWarriors hashtag. This ViR work has helped me get connected with wonderful professionals, clinicians, advocates, activists, people in recovery, currently struggling, and parents of those struggling. I feel honored because today I was asked to moderate a weekly chat on Twitter that is about mental health and social media.

For those of you who follow me on Twitter, you may have seen me use the hashtag of #MHSM, but wanted to give you more details on it. This hashtag is used to share mental health news and topics, and was created by @Abeeliever who is a wonderful resource and inspiration who blogs on chronic illness and mental health. She created the #mhsm chat and states on her website:

MHSM is the Mental Health and Social Media chat that I created on Twitter. With the help of some amazing people, we have created a wonderful and dynamic chat that allows for people all over the world to connect, discuss mental health issues, share resources and collaborate. We meet on Tuesday evenings at 9pm Eastern (on Twitter).

This coming Tuesday, February 22nd from 9PM-10PM EST on Twitter I will be moderating a chat in honor of #NEDAW11 using the hashtag #MHSM.

I truly hope this will connect the eating disorder community with mental health advocates, activists and bloggers on a larger scale. I truly believe collaboration has been one of my greatest lessons learned in social media. I have learned how to network with a variety of communities because I believe there is always something to learn from others!

As for this landmark of 100 posts today for ViR, I want to extend a huge thank you for following, engaging, and adding your voice to this movement. I truly couldn’t do it without the voices of others!

I wondered “what can I do to show my appreciation to all the Recovery Warriors” and decided I wanted to do a small giveaway of a book I truly feel is a huge resource to this community. This is ViR’s first giveaway and I am so excited! It is a small token of my thank you to all of you!!!

The book is “Life Beyond Your Eating Disorder: Reclaim Yourself, Regain Your Health, Recovery for Good” written by Johanna S. Kandel. If you are unfamiliar with Johanna, she is amazing, inspiring, a speaker advocate, and author. As the bio on her book says “Johanna S. Kandel is the founder and executive director of The Alliance for Eating Disorders Awareness. She struggled with her eating disorder for ten years before finally getting help. Now fully recovered, Kandel knows firsthand how difficult the healing process can be. Through her work with The Alliance—leading support groups, speaking nationwide and collaborating with professionals in the field—she’s developed a set of practical tools to address the everyday challenges of recovery.”

Want to get the copy of this book??? All you need to share is why you want the book! I will then review your answers to pick a winner to mail a copy! Leave your responses below, or if you wish them to be more private feel free to email me

Thank you all again for your support and please join me tomorrow at 9PM on Twitter at the #MHSM hashtag or via Tweet Chat!!!

~ ViR ~

© Voice in Recovery 2011

40 Responses to ViR 100th, NEDAW and a Giveaway
  1. Ashley @ Nourishing the Soul
    February 21, 2011 | 4:53 pm

    I actually have a copy of the book, but would love an extra to give to one of my patients. I found the book incredibly down-to-earth, inspiring, and on target. I also wanted to say congratulations on the 100th post! ViR does such amazing work and the eating disorder and recovery communities are better for it!

    • ViR
      February 22, 2011 | 12:57 am

      Thank you so much Ashley – your voice too has been a HUGE asset to our community!!!

  2. Joy
    February 21, 2011 | 4:53 pm

    I would love this book. I am convinced there is life beyond where I’m at and I just need to keep fighting to get there. And I will get there 🙂

    • ViR
      February 22, 2011 | 12:57 am

      Thank you for your share! You absolutely WILL get there!!!

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  4. ellie
    February 21, 2011 | 5:45 pm

    I would love this book- I hadn’t heard of it until now and it’s been a really long time since I have looked at any kind of eating disorder books. But I am struggling a lot and floundering in the dark right now trying to find treatment… I know there is so much more to life than this. Just feels unattainable right now and I need to find some glimmers of hope (also been a long time since I have read eating disorder recovery blogs regularly…looking forward to spending the evening catching up with yours!)

    • ViR
      February 22, 2011 | 12:59 am

      Thank you Ellie for commenting and sharing where you are! It is truly admirable! Good luck in your treatment search! Let me know if you need any resources or anything.

      • ellie
        February 22, 2011 | 5:11 am

        if you have any resources, please do let me know (DM/email is best)- pretty much tapped out after being turned down by research program at NYSPI and not eligible for partial due to medical instability. NY Medicaid only covers IP at Cornell which I have had bad experiences at and starting to get frustrated and not sure what my options are..

  5. Melissa @ ...the space between...
    February 21, 2011 | 5:45 pm

    You do incredible work every day, Kendra. You’re a true gift, a tireless advocate and a warrior for so many who feel lost, alone, scared and confused.

    Keep being AMAZING!

    • ViR
      February 22, 2011 | 12:59 am

      Awe!!!! You are so sweet!!! Thank you so much!

  6. Marzipan
    February 21, 2011 | 5:51 pm

    HAPPY 100th POST VIR!! And I think it is beyond awesome that you were chosen to host the chat this week – I’m on vacation but I am going to *try* so hard participate. You are so I inspiring friend, truly. Thank you for everything you do. Xo

    Oh and I would love love love to read that book – sounds fantastic.

    • ViR
      February 22, 2011 | 1:00 am

      Thank you hun!!! I truly adore and love you. Thank you for everything YOU do. Have a wonderful vacation!

  7. Sally
    February 21, 2011 | 5:54 pm

    I would love to have a copy of this. 12yrs later and ED still has a grip of me. I finished a recovery programme March 2010 and since then have been struggling to maintain and ‘do life’. I really dont want to give in or give up and need all the resources i can to help me. I would love to have opportunity to read this and then pass it on to a friend who would also benefit.

    • ViR
      February 22, 2011 | 1:02 am

      Never give up!! Thank you for being so honest! I truly hope you keep fighting!! Life is absolutely worth it!!!

  8. Teri
    February 21, 2011 | 5:54 pm

    I would love to have a copy of this book because I’m finding it so helpful in my recovery to read about what others have gone through, and seeing that they have experienced the exact same thoughts and feelings as me. It helps me feel not so alone after all. It is also encouraging to see how they work through their struggles and gives me hope that one day I will be able to beat this. 🙂

    • ViR
      February 22, 2011 | 1:02 am

      Teri you are absolutely NOT alone!!! Thank you for being honest 🙂

  9. Jackie
    February 21, 2011 | 5:54 pm

    I have never read this book, but the title strikes me… I have been struggling with an eating disorder for over 10 years, and this past August after heart surgery related to my anorexia I realized… “I live, or I will die!” I am in recovery, getting better everyday, but I still don’t know if I know what life is truly like beyond my eating disorder. There isn’t a day that goes by that isn’t a struggle. Some days the struggles are small and somedays they overwhelm me, but now I reach out for support. I know today I may not truly know what life is life beyond my eating disorder, someday I will make it there!

    • ViR
      February 22, 2011 | 1:03 am

      I had the same realization you did! I thought “I have everything to lose and everything to gain!!” Cling to that thought because life is worth it!

  10. Jenn Sternecker
    February 21, 2011 | 6:09 pm

    Yay for NEDAW! And congrats on the 100th post. I actually haven’t read Life Beyond Your Eating Disorder. I just read some reviews on it and it sounds like it is a great book and one that would be really helpful for me to read right now. But you’ve read it, you know where I am, I’ll let you make that decision. 🙂
    Remind me about the chat tomorrow night and I’ll try and pop in.

    • ViR
      February 22, 2011 | 1:05 am

      I believe you could read this. I had been considering this book for the book club and even if not – we can read and go through together!

  11. betherann
    February 21, 2011 | 6:23 pm

    I would love to snag a copy of this book. Not only do I voraciously devour all pro-recovery books, but I’m also asking questions that the book seems to address — like, what do I do AFTER I’m physically healthy? How do I get on with my life?

    Thanks for all you do! xoxoxo

    • ViR
      February 22, 2011 | 1:04 am

      I think this is why I created ViR. What do we do in recovery and after? How DO we live. How does it look. I love being on this journey and sharing with you all. Thank you so much for your support!

  12. Ann Becker-Schutte
    February 21, 2011 | 7:44 pm

    Kendra-Congratulations on your 100th post. That’s such a huge milestone. Sending you all kinds of good thoughts. I hope I can catch part of the chat tomorrow night–we’ll have to see if I make it to hot yoga.

    • ViR
      February 22, 2011 | 12:55 am

      Thank you so much Ann for your support!!!

  13. Sarah
    February 22, 2011 | 1:13 am

    I would love a copy of this book. Having lived with a variation of just about every eating disorder since age 7, I am just coming out of my third treatment at 23 years old and am trying to find pro-recovery books to help with my recovery. It has been a long, arduous process. I read this blog daily, and read previous posts to inspire me throughout the day. Even though I am still in day treatment, I am struggling through a time of transition- after day, I am moving so that I can afford to live (NYC is NOT easy to live in, financially or emotionally.) Even if I don’t win this book, once I get my feet on the ground financially, I will pick it up, because it is a book like this that can help with my struggles. Thank you for having the strength to write this blog and to be so honest.

    • ViR
      February 22, 2011 | 1:24 am

      I absolutely know what you mean on recovery books. It is so hard to find positive books! Transitions are definitely a struggle but I am glad you are getting help and doing what you need for your own recovery. Thank you so much for your support and I am glad you like this blog!!!

  14. Kaitlyn Dinneh
    February 22, 2011 | 1:14 am

    I would LOVE to get this book, I’ve wanted to purchase it for some time now. I’ve worked very hard in the past couple of months to organize my school’s Eating Disorder Awareness Week and tonight Johanna is speaking. It was at this event that I planned on purchasing the book. Unfortunately, I got sick and am now home in bed with no voice, a fever and am missing out on an event I’ve been waiting for for so long. I truly wanted to meet Johanna and to buy her book. As a fellow eating disorder survivor, I have so much respect for her. If I can’t meet her and get to discuss the book with her in person, it would be great to at least get the book and read it while getting over the flu!

    • ViR
      February 22, 2011 | 1:23 am

      I am so sorry you are sick!!! Thank you for your comment! I will let everyone know later in the week 🙂

  15. Lisa @EDtherapistCA
    February 22, 2011 | 2:11 am

    Congrats on your 100th post! Love your blog, love your mission & love #recoverywarriors! I feel so hopeful for you and the future of ViR. You are an inspiration! I don’t want to be considered for the giveaway-just felt compelled to comment and show my support. 🙂

    • ViR
      February 22, 2011 | 2:19 am

      Thank you so much Lisa for your support!

  16. Jenn Delage
    February 22, 2011 | 8:08 am

    I want a copy of the book because I need to feel the hope. I often forget what it feels like and lose track in my life.
    Even if it’s reading someone else’s struggles and triumphs, that alone can spark what I know lies deep inside me. Somewhere the spark is there…..

  17. Susu Paris Chic
    February 22, 2011 | 8:44 am

    I’d love the book. I am on my recovery way… but a little push of help would be the most welcomed. I’d love to read how someone else threw ED out of their lives for good!

    You blog rocks… hugs dear!

  18. Aimee
    February 22, 2011 | 12:10 pm

    Congrats on your 100th post! How wonderful…!
    After about a year of sobriety, I dipped my toes back in EDs… now I’ve got a leg, a whole side of me stuck inside this mud, and the other side still wanting recovery so badly.
    I know I’ve got to find my own way through life, but to do so, I’m surrounding myself with inspiring people, and messages that lift me up. ViR is one of these. I discovered it lately on Twitter, and it actually is the trigger (sorry about that word) that made Twitter a very helpful source of recovery! Through you, I got in touch with many insightful and amazing people… just like me.
    No wonder then that I’ll take everything I can to help me walk on the recovery path… including the book 😉
    Thank you so much again.

  19. Tamie Beeman
    February 22, 2011 | 12:27 pm

    I had the opportunity to see Johanna speak on Sunday and she is amazing – her recovery and how she helps others. I have the same passion and I use my recovery to help others. I love her approach and would love to learn more – her book can help me to help others and I can also lend it out to clients. Her book and message is one of hope and that is something that is lacking in our world of eating disorder recovery.

  20. AmyLauren
    February 22, 2011 | 1:06 pm

    I’d like to win. I’m currently seeking treatment (been to therapist one time, probably going back next month). I just found your website recently and it’s really helpful, so I’m sure reading this book would be a big help too :).

    Amy Lauren

  21. Sara
    February 23, 2011 | 1:18 am

    I’d love to win this book. I’ve been fighting ED for over 10 years and I’m FINALLY starting to turn my life around.

    Thank you for all the work & research you do to prevent eating disorders!

  22. Kristine
    February 23, 2011 | 3:20 am

    I would love a copy because I’m really struggling with my ED right now. Some inspiration from someone who made it to the other side would be great when I don’t think I can get there myself : )

  23. Derek
    February 23, 2011 | 4:56 am

    I’d like to further my recovery with this book. I’ve been struggling a bit lately. But I want to encourage everyone that recovery is possible, not always easy but obtainable. I do love the daily email with such inspiring topics and hope.

  24. Hannah
    March 2, 2011 | 11:41 pm

    I would really like a copy of this book because of the place I’m at in recovery. I left the hospital ten months ago and have been working really hard. I don’t think it would have helped when I was still very sick but now in early recovery I need inspiration and support so badly. I moved back in with my family to be able focus on my recovery and I think this book will help me stay the course and choose to recommit everyday.

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