A Love Warrior is a person who spreads the news of Self-Love and Body Acceptance for optimum health.
Love Warrior 2013: Emelina Minero
Love Warrior 2012: Deborah Brenner-Liss, PhD
Love Warrior 2010
Love Warrior 2007: Lindsey WertEating Disorders Recovery Support, EDRS Inc. was a fledgling group of committed professionals and community members who were passionate about spreading the word of recovery for people suffering from eating disorders. We offered our first community conference during Eating Disorders Awareness Week, EDAW in 2007. Professionals, as well as community members, shared their energy, experience, expertise and passion. One young woman stood out amongst the crowd. She was a Sonoma State student who wrote and performed a one-woman play as part of her course work, and she scheduled it for Eating Disorders Awareness Week (EDAW). Her moving performance focused on her journey of healing from chronic sexual abuse, self-harm and anorexia. At the end of the show she invited the viewers to come to the stage, light a candle and speak. One audience member told the audience she would practice self-love by going back to residential treatment to recover from anorexia. Other people in the theatre spoke of feeling more self-love and acceptance, others resolved to go to therapy and seek help for themselves. There was laughter and tears. All who attended the play were moved by the power of the message. This student became our first EDRS Love Warrior. Thank You Lindsey Wert for your passion, honesty and courage in telling your story.
Love Warrior 2008: Lauren SowellThe second Love Warrior distinction was given to a senior in High School. She produced a dinner/raffle fundraiser in collaboration with her school and her community in honor of Eating Disorders Awareness Week. She received help from a 4 star chef who worked in a therapeutic program that treated people with eating disorders. She got donations for dinners from local restaurants, artwork, massages, jewelry and assorted gifts. She donated the profit from the fundraiser to a deserving young woman to help finance her continued recovery work. Thank you to Lauren Sowell, our second Love Warrior!
Love Warrior 2009: Audrey BellOur 3rd Love Warrior recipient courageously and lovingly told her story of recovery from anorexia and bipolar disorder at the Eating Disorder Awareness Week, EDAW Conference in 2009. Her life story was a valuable contribution to our audience. She was able to personalize the complexity of recovery, and the extra challenges that occur for those with a dual diagnosis. She spoke from the heart and touched many people with her story of hope and successes. Her personal choice to continue with on-going therapy in order to stay balanced and healthy helped others view therapy as a supportive process versus something you do if you are sick. She ended her presentation by reading a poem she wrote which helped the audience understand what recovery is. She received a standing ovation. Her story helped others trust that they could heal.
Recovery Is …
By 2009 Love Warrior Audrey Bell
Looking in the mirror and liking what you see
Knowing that life is not about weight, numbers, or the size that you wear
About taking risks
Knowing that life is about love, friendship, happiness and peace
Asking for and accepting help
Living life, enjoying every moment and doing what you love
Trusting your body and its wisdom
Believing that life is unfolding just like it is supposed to be and that everything happens for a reason
Remembering to slow down and breathe
Celebrating your successes
Treasuring your existence and valuing yourself
Continuing forward in the fight against your eating disorder when you have grown tired and want to give up
Never forgetting to have fun
Holding on to those you love and telling them how much you care
Enjoying wonderful, pleasurable things
Remembering that life is a gift not to be taken for granted
Learning who you are
Respecting the amazing body you were given
Using your voice
Believing in yourself
Feeling your feelings
Following your dreams
Speaking your truth
A sometimes difficult, often wonderful, life altering journey
For me this is recovery
Thank you to Audrey Bell, our third Love Warrior!