Learning to Manage Disappointment

Learning to Manage Disappointment

Think back to your first disappointment. I was disappointed by friends when they didn’t invite me to their house. I was disappointed in myself when teachers would deduct a point from me for catching me talking during quiet time. At an elementary school age, every child experiences what it feels like to be let down […]

Counting

Counting

Callie Henningsen | Blogger & Advocate, Where I Stand There is a Netflix-sponsored film that was recently released entitled To the Bone about a young woman with an eating disorder. “X calories for the pork, X for the buttered noodles, X for the roll, and X for the butter,” states a dark clothed Lily Collins […]

Authentic Advocacy, Stigma & Shame

Authentic Advocacy, Stigma & Shame

Erin E. Casey | Where I Stand, President & Founder “Authentic advocacy starts with me.” I carefully outlined the hand lettered script I spent hours perfecting. I drew the cursive-like letters on top of a canvas I had painted earlier that week. Authentic advocacy starts with me. I was in residential treatment (again) and struggling […]

Kesha’s “Praying” and Rewriting the Ending

Kesha’s “Praying” and Rewriting the Ending

Kesha’s song, “Praying,” more than impacts me, it changes my entire perspective on life and what it means to move forward. Moving forward from heart- breaking realities is never easy for me. I would venture so far as to say; it is never easy for anyone. Whether it be trauma, tragedy, or some other heartbreak, […]

I’m Okay Alone

I’m Okay Alone

I like routine and plans. I live by my calendar. I love knowing that I have plans for the day or night with friends. Even tentative plans in my mind become solid ones. Someone may say that they might be able to hang out on a Monday night, and somehow my mind twists that vague […]

A Chapter From Her Life

A Chapter From Her Life

Jessica Ross | Blogger & Advocate, Communications Coordinator We stood at the stove, the both of us standing beside one another. Mom watched over my hand as I stirred the simmering pot of chicken soup, making sure I was doing okay. There was this beautiful, soft silence in the room. A stillness. It felt nice. […]

How much did those women weigh?

How much did those women weigh?

Megan Saunders | Blogger & Advocate, Where I Stand “How much did Florence Nightingale weigh when she founded modern nursing? How much did Rosa Parks weigh when she took her seat on that Alabama bus? How much did Malala Yousafzai weigh when she started writing about the lives of girls in Pakistan under Taliban rule? […]