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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Writing a Letter (handwritten correspondence) (10/21/10)

TITLE: Goodbye ED
By Laurie Glass
10/24/10


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Dear ED,

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.

Sincerely,
A healthier me


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Lollie Hofer 10/29/10
Ah ha, NOW I get it. I'm a little slow...took me a couple minutes to figure out who this "ED" dude is but now I get it. Great letter, full of hope and overcoming a terrible disease. (If this is based on a true incident in your life or someone close to you...way to go.)
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 10/30/10
Eating Disorders can definitely make one's life pure misery. Writing a letter to your disease is a great idea and a powerful way to regain control and not let the eating disorder have the power. Thank you for sharing about a very painful time.
Jan Ackerson 11/01/10
A clever idea--to personify a disorder.

I'm afraid that even after reading this, some may not realize that ED stands for Eating Disorder, and there's the possibility of confusion.

I love the assertive, spunky attitude, here--good job!
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 11/04/10
Congratulations for placing 12th in level 3!
Verna Cole Mitchell 11/06/10
I'm really glad you said good-by to ED. You worded this well...Bless you, Friend.
Nancy Sullivan 11/09/10
Congratulations on your recognation and on staring dowm the enemy in Jesus' name.