Saturday, March 14, 2009

Dear Anorexia: shut your face

Dear Anorexia: You almost ruined my day. You almost made me miss out on a wonderful opportunity, but I didn't let you.

Today was the second day of the Institute for the African Child conference. The founder of Zienzele (with which I'm interning) gave a presentation this morning and then invited a big group of people out to lunch - including me. She picked an Indian restaurant, and I almost declined. I almost made up some bullshit excuse - I'm not feeling well, I'm tired, I have so much work to do. I almost didn't go.

But then I said fuck you, anorexia. This might be the only time I get to see this woman for a long time. I'm sure it's the only time I'll get to eat with a woman from Monserrat, a man from Zimbabwe, a woman from Nova Scotia, a man from Botswana, and a woman fromVermont. My own little mini UN, as my roommate said.

So I went. And I ate - even kheer and two cups of chai. And I had wonderful conversation. I'm inspired and energized.

Again, fuck you, anorexia. I can't believe I almost missed that.

4 comments:

Tiptoe said...

Fantastic Lisa! So good to hear you kick ED. What a wonderful opportunity.

Just Eat It! said...

That's wonderful! I'm glad you got such an awesome opportunity. Stick it to the anorexia!

Lissa said...

isn't it amazing how powerful our EDs can be?

good for you for telling it to "take a flying leap." on the other hand, i can feel sorry for my ED. it came out of such sadness, loneliness, fear...this is going to sound stupid but can we love and nurture our EDs into wellness? maybe that sounds really stupid.

P.S. i changed my user name. long store. but it's me, melissas

Gaining Back My Life said...

GO, go, go and run like the wind.