Wow. I watched the dvd for the 2nd time tonight (December 21st). I have struggled with bulimia for 10 years. I have recently moved back in with my parents to try to recover. Melissa's story touched my heart and was all too familiar to me. It is my 27th birthday today. I somehow missed this the first time I watched it, but when I watched it tonight I realized...Melissa and I share the same birthday...and I found that out ON MY BIRTHDAY! Happy birthday Melissa- your life lives on through the movie that you made that IS "CHANGING LIVES."
With deep gratitude,
Melissa's story was the final push I needed to enter recovery. I've been in therapy for a year, but the efforts have been futile as they recommended I would not get better without a residential rehabilitation stay. My struggles with anorexia began at 11, then at 19 I began struggling with bulimia. I am almost 28 now, I have 2 children and I've been married 7+ years- and managed to hide it from my husband until a year ago. I just completed a 28-day stay at a residential facility and it saved my life. I can't help but thank Someday Melissa for sharing with the world. What a blessing to have someone who is experiencing tragedy reach out and use their story to save lives. I can't thank you enough.
I thought that SOMEDAY WOULD NEVER COME... but it has. Im not the typical younger version of someone with and ED, Im 47 and began my history of Bulimia, compulsive overeating, days of starvation, at 9 years old. Im now getting ready to CELEBRATE my 1 year anniversary of RECOVERY!! For all of you out there that are still struggling, there is hope. Please do not wait until you are my age to seek treatment. You can live ED free and enjoy the freedom that is in this world. Im dedicating my life by giving back to those that still suffer. God Bless you all in your journey of recovery.. You are worth the fight, hard work, and tenacity that it takes to beat this monster we call ED.
I struggled actively with anorexia from age 8 to age 24, and as of this month am 3 years in recovery. I've been so lucky to have a life filled with supportive people who have helped me through. While I still struggle greatly with the mental pieces, I have maintained physical good health for these last 3 years and while difficult, it has been worth it. I just wanted to share so others who suffer can know that it is possible, even after spending so much of one's life this way.
Melissa's story inspired me while I was in the throws of my own battle with Bulimia and Anorexia. I remember watching the clip from the Today show over and over...she was like me, only difference was I still had a chance to beat this monster. After a 15+ year struggle, I finally found the courage to step forward and accept treatment. Today, I am healthy and 100% present in MY life. I have finally come out on the other side...and it is beautiful. I never knew life could be this extraordinary. I started a blog to share my story and hopefully help others know they are not alone just like Melissa's story did for me that fateful morning. My someday is today and everyday that I live my life in recovery.
Can't wait to get this. Love how safe this movie seems and all you do in fighting for us! 22 years with bulmimia turned anorexia. In and out of treatment. been there done it all and then some but on the road to recovery and trying to gain to a healthier me and for my boys! under insurmountable stress of custody dispute and financial strain but determined. So sorry for your loss. It is so tragic. Hugs to you and Thank you!