Emily's NEDA Conference Fund

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Emily Noren  PORTLAND, OR
I applied for and was awarded a scholarship from the NEDA (National Eating Disorders Association) to attend their annual conference, which will be held in San Diego this October! The scholarship covers admission to the conference but not hotel and airfare, and I'd love some help in making that possible. At the conference, treatment providers, families of sufferers, and individuals who have struggled with an eating disorder get together to talk about what's happening with treatment, share our experiences, and inspire hope. You see, while I've long wanted to help people with eating disorders, I wasn't always in the position to do it....

From my recovery blog, January 12, 2012
"A key motivation that keeps me going is the dream of someday helping others who struggle with low self-esteem and eating disorders. I'm not sure how I'll be able to do that, but I know that the passion and desire is within me. I also know that the first step is to make myself a healthy person."

July 8, 2012
"I want to help others, particularly those struggling with eating disorders. I don't know how yet, but I'm going to someday. Step one, I know, is recovery. Damn it."


Because I didn't know how...

December 3, 2011
"I can't seem to keep myself from purging for more than a day. I try and try to figure out what makes me do it, but I can't figure it out. I purge on days that I restrict and on days that I attempt to challenge myself with food. I purge on stressful days and on relaxed days. I purge when I feel skinny and when I feel fat. I purge when I hate myself and when I think that I like myself. I can't figure it out!"

December 3, 2011
"I've lived with ED for more of my life than I've lived without it, and I don't even remember what life was like before ED. I don't really know what I'm supposed to be like if I don't have an eating disorder."

October 18, 2011
"Today was rough, even though nothing bad actually happened. The voices were all in my head, and they were so loud today, dragging me down with every step. I wanted to curl up in a ball and hide from everyone. Nothing made me feel better, not even my thinness. Feeling the tips of my hipbones and the bagginess of my pants brought me no comfort today. I felt empty and alone."

But holy crap I finally reached recovery in 2014, and damn does life feel different! Although I now have the ability to feel happiness and know my identity outside of my eating disorder, I promised myself that I would never forget the 10 million females and 1 million males in the United States who are still imprisoned by their eating disorders.  

When I was struggling in recovery, I just wanted to know that recovery was even possible. I wanted anyone who had had reached full recovery to speak up and tell me that it was possible so that I had a reason to keep trying. I wanted them to tell me how they did it. So that's why I'm going to the NEDA conference.
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Posted by Emily Noren
43 months ago
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Wow, thank you so much, Sofia and Rachel! I feel the love <3
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DC
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Diego Cervantes
40 months ago

Have a blast!

NK
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Nancy Karwin
40 months ago

Anything I can do to help a fellow/recovering addict of any kind!

DB
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David Brickman
40 months ago

Good luck and THANKS from Bodymind Float Center!

TS
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Tara Steinbach
42 months ago
LD
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Leah Dawn
42 months ago

Sending you with all our Love and Support! From Your Friends at FLOAT.Calm

$50
Anonymous
42 months ago
$10
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42 months ago
TO
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Teresa Oved
42 months ago

what an inspiring story of your journey to wholeness and health! I'm so happy for you!

LE
$50
Louise Van Engelsdorp
42 months ago

Know that you are loved Emily. Thank you for being vunerable and for sharing your story.

$20
Ben Gleason
43 months ago

It's so exciting to see how vast of a tool the float tank is and to see genuine interest from the NEDA in using float tanks to treat eating disorders! Congrats Emily!

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