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Topic: Writing a Letter (handwritten correspondence) (10/21/10)
TITLE: Goodbye ED
By Laurie Glass
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I think back to what first attracted me to you. I felt abandoned and hopeless as my life fell apart due to circumstances beyond my control. But there you were, promising me the sense of control as long as I did what you asked. So I did.
That was a long time ago and believing your promises is the deepest regret of my life. It didn't take very long to see your deception, but by then we were so close that I couldn't let you go.
When I think of what you've done to me, I can't believe I stayed with you for this long. I lost so much, but now I'm standing up to reclaim what's mine. I take back the fun of spending time with loved ones without worrying about how I'm going to hide you from them. I demand to recover the joy in being there for others, the ability to eat without fear, the enjoyment of clothes shopping, the ease of looking in the mirror and so much more. I won't let you take these things away from me again. Hands off. They belong to me.
I also want to return what is yours. You can have your numbers back, your illusion of control, your critical and degrading comments and everything else negative that you brought into my life. Your accusations of my being fat can no longer cause me to mistreat my body. Your critical words can no longer make me feel badly about myself. Your promises of control can no longer make me deprive myself of needed nourishment.
I'm saying goodbye to you ED, and I mean it. You were never my friend. A true friend doesn't take away things you enjoy, doesn't make you feel badly about yourself and doesn't make false accusations or empty promises.
My Best Friend is here to take your place. He stays beside me, speaks to me only in love, keeps His promises, strengthens me, comforts me and gives me hope.
A healthier me
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