Archive for October, 2019

Staff Spotlight, Sarah Hodder

Staff Spotlight: Sarah Hodder

TEP: Tell us about yourself!

Sarah: Hi, I’m Sarah! I was born and raised in Minnesota and currently live in the Twin Cities with my husband David and two dogs, Jones and Fiona, who are the sweetest pups in the Midwest (according to me). I graduated from the University of Wisconsin – River Falls with my Bachelor’s degree in Visual Arts and though I still hold art very near and dear to my heart, I have found a TON of joy in working with people in my Human Resources roles. When I’m not recruiting awesome candidates for The Emily Program, I enjoy camping, hiking, gardening, browsing Reddit on my phone, and of course, binge-watching shows on Netflix.

TEP: What’s the one thing you want people to know about The Emily Program?

Sarah: Working for The Emily Program has been such an eye-opening experience–the amount of knowledge, passion, and empathy that our staff possesses amazes me daily! Though I don’t work directly with clients, I feel they are in the best hands through their journey knowing what I know about the people that work here. The TEP staff are my heroes!

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The Link Between Eating Disorders and Suicide

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If you are experiencing suicidal thoughts, there are resources that can help. Contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.

In the United States alone, over 30 million individuals struggle with an eating disorder. Eating disorders are complex and biologically-based illnesses that can affect anyone, regardless of age, gender, size, or any other demographic categorization. Sadly, eating disorders are often severe and may become life-threatening. Among adolescents, eating disorders are the third most common chronic illness, and the rate of children living with eating disorders is on the rise.

What Are Eating Disorders?

Eating disorders are characterized by a disturbance in an individual’s eating habits and self-perception. Due to the complex nature of eating disorders, the DSM-5 has broken eating disorders up into the following categories:

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Goodbye ED

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*Some guest blogs may mention eating disorder behaviors or thoughts. Keep in mind that everyone has a unique road to recovery and that this is one person’s story.

My name is Lexie Chambers, and I have bulimia nervosa. Although I was only diagnosed as of May 2019, I have practiced eating disorder, or ED, behaviors since 2012. Over the years, I have developed an unhealthy relationship with my eating disorder, letting it control my life. However, after seven years, I am ready to say goodbye.

Dear Eating Disorder,

It has been an exhausting journey to say the least. Throughout the years, ED, you have infiltrated my brain with negative self-talk, body dysmorphia, and a false sense of self-worth. You have broken me down to the point where I couldn’t see a life without you.

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Episode 19: Rachel’s Recovery Story

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Episode description:

Peace Meal’s Recovery Series aims to share stories of those in eating disorder recovery in hopes of starting conversations, breaking stigmas, and encouraging healing. On today’s episode, we talk to Rachel Moe. Rachel has struggled with anorexia, bulimia, exercise addiction, and substance use disorder. Now a registered nurse, Rachel leads an eating disorders anonymous meeting in Duluth, MN and runs the blog Moe’s Musings, which focuses on leading an authentic, vulnerable life.

Episode show notes:

Rachel Moe started using eating disorder behaviors in junior high. Rachel reflects on the years she spent struggling with her dual diagnosis of an eating disorder and substance use disorder until some significant turning points forced her to reach out for help. Rachel describes how embracing vulnerability and self-compassion helped her find her way through the recovery process. An alum of The Emily Program, Rachel is passionate about sharing her story and creating support systems for others who are struggling.

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