MEDA is dedicated to supporting individuals and their families through their journey toward recovery. Through MEDA’s monthly open forum, Hope and Inspiration, recovered individuals foster hope for community members by sharing their stories. Individuals work with MEDA clinicians to write their stories so that they may be able to pass along inspiration. These are some of their stories.

Betsy’s Story

I have attempted to write my story a few different times, but each time I have been overcome by overwhelming emotions and have had to set my writing aside.  While the overflowing emotions are heart-wrenching and difficult, they are an important sign that I am ... Read More

Therese’s Story

For a long time, I used to wish that I had never developed an eating disorder. I felt angry, pathologized and stuck. I used to imagine how things might have been different for me if my family was different, if I weren’t so driven or ... Read More

Marissa’s Story

My name is Marissa and I am fully recovered from an eating disorder. But I wasn’t always this way. I have been dancing ever since I was three years old, I started competition dance when I was in fifth grade and have had a love ... Read More

Shalhavit’s Story

“YOU are me… only a few years ago. I’ve attended this Hope and Inspiration forum, religiously, for the past 5 years. Always admiring the speakers with dreamy eyes... Now it's me. Thank you for being here so I can share. I am 4 years old ... Read More

What Recovery Means to Me by Rachel Benson Monroe

To me, recovery means showing up for yourself. It means being willing to really get to know yourself, and open up to the belief that you can actually love who you are, all of you, even the parts that confuse you or frighten you, or ... Read More

Sue’s Story

My name is Sue and I am a recovered alcoholic and have also been released from the bondage of bulimia. May 31st, 2009 was my 16th anniversary of sobriety and on September 19th, I will be eating disorder free for 10 years. I cannot say ... Read More

Kate’s Story

I don’t ever remember an age where I was truly comfortable or unselfconscious in my body. There was an “exercise” in treatment when they would say “remember when you were little and felt fine about your body”. I could never do it – there was ... Read More

Colleen’s Story

Ugh I thought, staring at what I believed to be a grotesque reflection grimacing back at me. No matter which way I turned bended and twisted I couldn’t escape the terrifying image. I could do nothing. It felt as though all the blood sweat and ... Read More

Rachel’s Story

There was a time when this part of my talk—introducing myself to you—would have been the hardest part. Why? For the simple reason that I didn’t know myself at all. When people asked me who I was, what I liked, I drew a blank. The ... Read More

Laura’s Story

I grew up in a relatively stable family. From the outside, all was well. My mother and father were together, raising three beautiful toe-head kids. I’m the oldest of three, and my two younger brothers Peter and Daniel were very active in the community with ... Read More

Jack’s Story

It seems strange looking back, but I remember seeing a documentary on TV about eating disorders and thinking "how strange?". I couldn’t understand why someone would do that. I guess you could say that I was more than a little naive. My name is Jack ... Read More

Haniyah’s Story

It’s interesting when I reflect on my eating disorder and where I am today. For something that once dominated my life, it’s now like a distant memory in some ways. Most days I go about my day and don’t take much time to reflect on ... Read More

Lindsay’s Story

This month, January 2015, is monumental. For others, it may pass as another dark winter month in Boston, waiting for spring to arrive. But for me, it means victory. It means reaching a milestone that for years seemed so utterly unobtainable: it marks five years ... Read More

Kim’s Story

I always considered myself to be a shy person before my eating disorder. I have come to know that I was not shy; I was just insecure. Through recovery, I have gained the security and confidence to be myself. I would tell a person I ... Read More

Christina’s Story

My name is Christina Marie Neville and I stand before you now as someone who has fully recovered from an eating disorder. Five years ago I was very sick with Anorexia Nervosa- let me share with you how I got to where I am today ... Read More