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Eating Disorder Recovery
Joanna Poppink, MFT
Eating Disorder Recovery Psychotherapist
serving Arizona, California, Florida, Oregon and Utah.
All appointments are virtual.
Thank you so very much for sharing this with us.  It is beautiful and thought provoking. You are so very centered. I know this did not happen for you overnight.  I know that you have worked so hard for so long to be where you are. 

A friend once told me that giving to others was the best way to feel good about herself and her life. I know that to be true for me as well. 

Things I am specifically thankful for are the following:

The compassion I feel for others who are hurting.  My mom wrote a note about me in my baby book when I was about 5. She wrote "you are kind and sensitive to the pain of others". There are times that I have despised this aspect of myself, feeling that I have been used or played.  But I have come to learn that feeling compassion is never a wasted thing.

Secondly I am thankful for my growing ability to say "no" when it's in my best interest.  I'm still working on the "not feeling bad" part of this decision, however. 

Third, I am thankful for my common sense and ability to think quick on my feet.  This comes in handy working in a busy hospital. 

I am thankful for my persistence in therapy- and on that note I am thankful for my doctor and for this web page that offers support to me. It has been a very hard year of therapy for me, but I'm working so hard!

I am thankful for some healing in my eating disorder.  I have come so far in the past 18 months.  I have come from a place of starvation to a place of nourishment and better acceptance of my body.  I give a lot of credit to this website and the support it offers to so many.

I am thankful for my kids. They help me realize how sweet life can be and how to keep it simple - it shouldn't be so hard to get up every morning. 

I am thankful for things that are obvious- my parents are still living, I have amazing friends, a job I finally love, a place to live, and food to eat. There is so much more, but I will stop with these. 



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