I'd Rather Be A Hero, Than Die A Size Zero
‘I’d Rather Be A Hero, Than Die A Size Zero is a celebration of life after eating disorders. These are stories of truth, of struggles, of relapse && finally of recovery. These are stories of dreams, beliefs && hopes. These are the stories that are bigger than the eating disorder could ever hope to be.
Alison E. Sullivan
"In recovery I have gained so much, I left a terrible marriage and gained a husband who loves and supports me at every turn, I gained a relationship with my children, I gained a relationship with my mother who is now a recovering addict, I went to nursing school and gained a career as a Diabetes Case Management Nurse, I gained a healthy ability to approach exercise and became one of those people who runs for feeling it gives me not the size of my waist, and more than anything I gained a voice. I am not a slave to the demons that shout from my childhood, I have a voice to shout back. I am not a slave to the people I feel like I have to please in my life, I have a voice to say no. I am not a slave to the space that the eating disorder used to occupy in my head, I have a voice to talk myself off ledges. I am a slave to no one and nothing, my voice is powerful, and it speaks loudly now for others.
It speaks for those who cannot in my job, as an advocate for others with diabetes. It speaks to others within that same group where I got help. It encourages those still struggling. It gently nudges those who feel like their lives will never be happy towards the idea that a happy and recovered place really does exist. It speaks, with that Scottish girls video all those years ago as its guide. It speaks for health and pride and an end to shame and misery. It speaks for who I am and what I can achieve and what I already have. My voice in recovery is beautiful and I am proud of it."
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