I’ve had this post idea sitting in my drafts since July, but never got around to writing it. At that time I was following a girl on Instagram who admittedly suffered with an eating disorder for many years of her life, but was apparently doing better. She never posted pictures of herself on her stories until one day she did and the image took my breath away. What I saw was not someone who was “doing better,” in fact, all I could concentrate on was the fact that I could count the number of visible bones she had because she… View Post

I’ve had my fair share of injuries related to running or exercise in general. I’ve written several posts about how I’ve dealt with being sidelined (see the bottom of this post), but recently I received a question on Instagram that made me realize that I haven’t shared this side of my experience. Luckily, the injuries I’ve had haven’t required surgery or serious pain medication, but a couple of times with my back injury I had to take muscle relaxers because I could barely breathe in the acute stage of the injury. The muscles around the injury would spontaneously constrict and… View Post

I like to throw in some recovery-related posts here and there, and it dawned on me that I’ve posted about being actively addicted and then not actively addicted, but nothing really about what I’ve done to maintain that cessation. Relapse is a huge part of addiction, and many people I know have relapsed with both positive and negative results. It’s been eight years for me and thankfully relapse isn’t a part of my story. I owe a lot of that to the people who helped me early in recovery and my own understanding that the bottom I hit was it… View Post

When I learned that I would have to give up drinking 8 years ago, I was none too happy about it. I obviously realized that giving up the illegal, dependency-causing drugs was for the best, but alcohol? WHY?? I threw a tantrum like a petulant child as my mind raced through every scenario until the end of time where I would need to be drunk, and likely far more so than my peers. First, I was going to be in a wedding ten days later. I MUST have alcohol there. Second, I’m sure I would have my own wedding some… View Post

As I scrolled through social media this weekend following the news of the third in a list of celebrity suicides, I found myself becoming more and more annoyed as the day went on. I was constantly being bombarded with a phone number that I never see except for one day following events like these, yet I, and many others, know how to Google it should it become a necessary option. I watched stories on Instagram about how it’s been a shitty week because two people died, but “at least the week will end on a happy note” here at my… View Post