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Wednesday, 17 September 2014
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The Eating Disorders Coalition of Tennessee's 11th Annual Forum for Professionals will be held on October 24th, 2014 at the Music City Center in downtown Nashville. A total of 6.5 CEU credits will be offered.

The Annual Forum is always a well-received event among clinicians. Each year, EDCT staff members work diligently to seek out the most qualified speakers to allow attendees the opportunity to stay up to date on the latest eating disorders topics and research. The Forum also provides an excellent way for clinicians to network and develop lasting relationships for years to come with like minded professionals.

Now in its 11th year, EDCT is very proud of the Annual Forum. Over the years, the Forum has been recognized as a "Salute to Excellence" award winner by the Center for Nonprofit Management for outstanding nonprofit achievement.

Be sure to register today to secure your spot. Early bird registration rates end September 30th, 2014.

To learn more about the Annual Forum, please click here.

To register for the Annual Forum, please click here.

Questions? Contact the EDCT office at 615-831-9838 or contactus@edct.net.

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Posted on 09/17/2014 11:13 AM by Eating Disorders Coalition of Tennessee
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Tuesday, 22 July 2014
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A Message of Recovery and Self Discovery  (By: Elizabeth Jordan)
 
“Can someone ever fully recover from an eating disorder or is it a disease that sticks  with you for the rest of your life?”
 
I sat at my computer typing page after page about my struggle until it hit me…. I  should  write about a hard question that someone who has not struggled with an eating  disorder  may have about the illness. After all, it is a complex illness that is very difficult  to try to  understand. I am twenty years old and have struggled with an eating disorder  since the  mere age of thirteen; even today I am unable to comprehend and understand  it myself. I  can only imagine the confusion and questions that come from those who  are looking  from the outside.

 
So, when I asked a few friends of mine if they had questions regarding eating disorders, I found a very common question that was repeated by several of my friends; their question was…
 
“Can someone ever fully recover from an eating disorder or is it a disease that sticks with you for the rest of your life?”
 

Ever since I heard this question, it has lingered with me and has pressed on my heart continuously. It is not just a clear cut answer; it is far greater. This question has not only made me evaluate my own struggle and recovery process, but it has acquired me to look outside the walls of myself and implant my feet in the shoes of others who may be in the midst of the hardest part of this struggle and who may be out of the realm of the disorder. It has also made me glimpse back at what doctors say about eating disorders. After much reading and thinking, I have come to an understanding that there are of course different types of eating disorders. Personally, mine was anorexia nervosa. One thing that I found in common between the various types is; yes, it is an illness that is apparent to those from the outside because of the physical transformation that happens. However, it is very much a mental illness within the brain that impacts the way in which on thinks, processes information, and views the very world around them.
 
Thus, that means that no one eating disorder is exactly like another. Those who have this disorder can tell you their life story and each story will be different. Their way of thinking may be similar to those who are struggling. However, the elements and underlying things below the emotional aspect of the disorder vary from individual to individual. So, that means that the recovery process is different was well.
 
The recovery process is not simply meeting the goal weight that the doctors have set for you. I have known many, including myself, who have relapsed and fallen back into a weight that is dangerous; however, it is far more than the number on a scale that screams “EATING DISORDER”.
 
When someone asks me about my past I say “I HAD an eating disorder.” When I say this, I mean that it is something that happened in the past. Yes, I reached the goal weight that was set years and years ago. However, not a day goes by that I do not think of the emotional struggle that took place verses where I am now. I am huge steps away from where I was seven years ago, but the way of thinking that led me to the disorder can come through sometimes. However, through my recovery process, I have learned how to identify those thoughts and omit them from my life. This disorder did not overcome me... I overcame this disorder…with every day that passes I defeat it again.  Also, in my personal experience, I choose my faith in Jesus to get me through those weak moments that like in creep in every now and again. Also, I now realize the importance of friends and accountability. Many who do not do that may seek joy in hobbies or activities that truly make them happy. That is great and leaves you feeling empowered!
 
As someone who is still overcoming, I would consider myself RECOVERED! However, there is not a day that goes by that I do not think of my disorder and try to understand. I do this not just because of my own struggle, but because of my passion to help others in the midst of this disorder as well. My heart is with those who find themselves in the valley of this disease. My hope is that you see that this disorder is one that can be defeated. It does not have to stick with you for the rest of your life if you do not allow it. Lay it down every day and choose life. Choose to have a life that is life giving to others. That brings joy and hope to the weary; that brings hope for a better tomorrow.
 
 Like I have said…we are all in this life together.

 

About the Author
 
Elizabeth Jordan is a junior at Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville, Tennessee. She is a social work major and worship arts minor. She was diagnosed with anorexia nervosa at the age of thirteen. Her experience with the illness has created in her a passion to work and help others dealing with similar circumstances. She plans on using her degrees to focus on the issue of eating disorders and assure that the truth is always communicated and lives are transformed and changed. Also, her hope is that she can somehow intertwine her passion for leading worship with her passion for helping others who are enveloped in this life-threatening illness or who are in danger of its development in their life. Her hope is that as she helps in her future profession and now, she helps bring joy to everyone she comes into contact with, because we are all in this life together.

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Posted on 07/22/2014 4:21 PM by Elizabeth Jordan
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