A Healing Journey Through an Eating Disorder "Look who gained the freshman fifteen," a family member teased when I returned home after a few months of college. . . . When I heard the words my mind decoded it like this: You. Are. Fat. Fat was not good. No, fat was bad. I would not be fat. I stood in front of the full-length mirror in my dorm room and inspected the extra parts. These extra parts needed fixing--my stomach, my thighs, and those cheeks that were round and puffy, like two big apples on the side of my face. I would fix this. Fixing was my forte. These were the thoughts that plagued Lee Blum during her teens and into her twenties.They drove her to an eating disorder and exercise addiction. Eventually, she found herself hospitalized with clinical depression. But that's not the end of the story: drawing strength from psychological, physiological and spiritual sources, she found her voice again. If you or someone you love has been at this dark table, you will find her story enlightening and encouraging.
"From emotional mountaintops to the deepest valleys, Lee Blum takes you through the stark reality of life with an eating disorder. Her riveting account of real-life experiences and the hope found in her faith in God will leave you hanging on to every page. In my twenty years of experience treating eating disorders I have seen no other writing that offers more for the individual who desperately needs recovery." --Joel Jahraus, MD, FAED (Fellow of the Academy of Eating Disorders), eating disorder professional
"In a world where we are encouraged to hide our pain and ignore the brokenness around us, Lee Blum's Table in the Darkness is a tender, stark and vital reminder that so many in our midst struggle, and struggle deeply. Her story is horrific and hopeful, and the ultimate power of authentic community offers hope to all of us, regardless of what we carry around inside of us. With so few voices reminding us how deeply we need and long for one another, Lee Blum's is a godsend." --Chap Clark, Fuller Theological Seminary
"In Table in the Darkness, Lee Blum shows . . . that recovery and healing from the devastating effects of an eating disorder are possible. This book is a source of hope and instruction for those battling an eating disorder as well as for loved ones." --Kim Bushman, licensed psychologist, Water's Edge Counseling & Healing Center
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