Howdy everyone! *waves excitedly*
We've been working hard behind the scenes here at the Band to bring you a most special gift for the new year. We've been working on creating a calendar. I KNOW. It's very exciting indeed.
We knew we wanted to feature some of our very own Band members, but we also wanted to feature some of the conditions that we are the face of. Because here at the Band we are the face of many things, and we want people to know that we're not afraid to own those things and talk about them.
In addition to asking 13 folks to take a pretty picture for us, we also sat down with them to discuss what condition each is the face of, and what they have to say about it.
Introducing our gal Joules, who is up first this December 2012 and representing the face of Eating Disorders NOS.
What brought you to the Band?
Becky. Becky brought me to the Band with her openness and her inclusion of everyone. We are none of us alone. We are all connected. Hell to the uh huh. And as a former social worker I wanted a way to continue to make a difference and I see that Band as a modern form of supportive group therapy. I had to be a part of that.
How has this condition changed your life?
I've had it most of my life so it's hard to say. It has shaped my relationships with others and with myself and my self-image.
What advice would you give to others about your condition?
Find someone you trust and talk about it. Go to meetings(OA, ABA). Share your story, listen for the commonality in other's stories, get a sponsor, do the work. Shine that light in the dark corners. It works if you work it. Trite, but true.
What myth about your condition do you wish people would stop believing?
That it's about willpower. That's just a symptom, whether it be too much or not enough.
What is your favorite band or musician?
Band of Horses
What’s your guilty pleasure, and why?
Cadbury Mini Eggs. Because they are muy delicioso. In mah mouth.
Who is your hero, and why?
I can find the hero in most people. It's easy to do with the Brains and with the Band. Sharing your struggles, shining light on your deepest and darkest, flinging glitter at the void - that is heroic. So is continuing to put one foot in front of the other when the ground is crumbling underneath you. Anyone who faces that kind of horror and sticks around to fight another day is my kind of hero.
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