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Posted Nov 17 2009 7:53am
Bring on the season of food, giving, and giving food.

In my Great Depression of Tuesday, November 17, I reminisced over a Thanksgiving that happened maybe 3 years ago? I don’t have it in me to recall the exact year. Regardless, I remember crying to a friend that morning about my hatred and fear for the holiday and everything that came with it. The food (no, seriously), the family and the endless number of reasons I didn’t want to be in the same room as them that year (nothing personal, guys, try to remember me 3 years ago.. or don’t), the general building anxiety over things that may or may not have been true. It was awful.

Jump ahead 3 years: I’m so down for a day revolving around food, not to mention Gramma’s sweet potatoes with roasted marshmellows. Aaaaaaand, I’ve got a few surprises up my sleeve for this year and I’m pretty excited about. I’m kind of proud of myself, not gonna lie.

The unfortunate truth, however, is that the aforementioned Thanksgiving – and many before that – are the type of Thanksgivings that it seems the majority* of the American population are facing this year, eating disorder or otherwise. Between eating disorders, family, the overwhelming stress of entertaining and prep work, threatened (not necessarily ED) diets, and finances (to name a few), it’s rather rare that this holiday come sans anxiety.

With that, I think that it is extremely important for people to have a support system around this time of year. For some, that support system may not be within the family, especially when that can be the main trigger for stress. Hopefully, everyone has at least one person – friend or family – that they can talk with if they’re struggling. Even so, there are some times that people need to talk to someone completely removed from the situation.

This holiday season (and whenever), if you need support or just someone to vent to, I’m here for whoever, whenever. If you know me personally, you know I’m the friend who’s phone is on 24/7 and will legitimately answer at all hours of the night, if need be. At least one person reading this can totally vouch for that. While I’m not going to post my cell number for the world to contact me, I check my e-mail almost as often and would be more than happy to help in any way I can.

Here’s to the holidays. Because, seriously, they ain’t so bad.

*not an official statistic.
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