Canadian and young eating disorders advocate, Emily Doer, knows all too well just how difficult and isolating it can be to have an eating disorder like anorexia and/or bulimia. However, despite the stigma and the lack of open and candid conversation and discussion about eating disorders, Emily began sharing her personal story about her struggles with an eating disorder. Not only was she displaying immense strength and courage, but she was putting the NEDIC's message into action, by encouraging others to talk ... and to listen. As Emily says in her TED talk below, "by sharing these experiences with one another, it can not only help to heal us, but it can help other people along the way. It's about forgiving yourself enough to be open, and letting others in so that they can learn from your experiences."
"After a three-year struggle with anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa, Emily Doer was voluntarily admitted to the Adult Eating Disorders Program at the Health Sciences Centre in Winnipeg for treatment in April 2011. One of her motivations for recovery was returning to school to complete the final two years of a communications degree, which she will graduate with in spring 2013. She is the founder and organizer of "Tea for ED" a tea party fundraiser for adult eating disorders, an event which started as a school project and has blossomed into an awareness campaign. She shares her personal experiences with her eating disorder and recovery to help reduce the stigma and shame of this disease, and in hopes that others suffering in silence know that they are not alone (tedxtalks.ted.com)"
For more information on Emily Doer's story:
- "Doer's once private battle with an eating disorder is now very public" by Gordon Sinclair Jr. (Winnipeg Free Press)