one girl's thoughts on life, mental illness, eating disorder recovery, and hope.

When e-mails make your day… January 31, 2013

I applied to have my blog included in the blogroll for this year’s NEDA awareness week. The “confirmation of application’s arrival” email said I wouldn’t hear back from NEDA about a decision on my blog for a few days; so, naturally, I put it in the far recesses of my mind. After all, I have to save my brain power for important stuff like quoting the Big Bang Theory and knitting.

I opened my email today expecting only my “Daily Mentoring Moment” from MentorCONNECT and hoping for an update on my education award from Americorps. What I found, however, made my day; possibly even my week.

It read,

“Hello Rhea,

Thank you for submitting your blog to the 2013 NEDAwareness Week Blogroll.  Congratulations!  Rheas of Hope has been selected to appear on the Blogroll of the 2013 Nedawareness Week website! NEDAwareness Week 2013, February 24th – March 2nd, is fast approaching and is the largest eating disorders outreach effort in the nation, with participation from all 50 states and more than 31 other countries in 2012.  This growing force of volunteers is committed to raising awareness of the dangers of eating disorders as serious, life-threatening illnesses — not choices — and the pressures, attitudes and behaviors that shape the disorders.  Last year, NEDAwareness Week reached 70 million people, and with this year’s diverse events and activities attracting public media attention on local, national and international levels, we hope to reach even more! Our data from program outcomes demonstrate a strong relationship between this outreach effort and help-seeking behavior, with traffic to our national Helpline doubling, and requests for personalized support from a NEDA Navigator tripling, during February of 2012.

Thank you for being a part of this outreach and for helping to spread eating disorders awareness within your community.  You are making a difference!


Ellen Domingos”

NO WAY! My little old blog, my side hobby, my thoughts,  my photos…someone actually cares to read them? And especially NEDA? I’ve been a huge supporter of NEDA ever since I thought I might have an ED, and I even got their logo tattooed on my ankle as a constant reminder of my goal of recovery. So, to have them include my blog, it is mind boggling (or mind bottling if you are a Will Ferrell fan). I am so grateful, honored, and humbled to be included in this year’s NEDA awareness week blog roll!

My NEDA tattoo while donating blood this month on my birthday


6 Responses to “When e-mails make your day…”

  1. Kaity Says:

    Soo excited for you!!! I love and miss you- been meaning to tell you that, but then life happens. You know how that goes.

  2. April Says:

    So proud of you! This is something to hold high!

  3. That’s awesome!
    I have submitted mine, but haven’t heard back yet.

    I wish I could give blood. I tried once and they told me never to come back.

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