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    I Never Thought I’d Say, “Happy Father’s Day”

    Honestly, a year ago I wouldn’t know where to begin or why I should say, “Happy Father’s Day” to my dad. There weren’t too many happy days when I was growing up. There were disappointing days, angry days, lonely days, and days I found it very hard to love my dad.Dad was an alcoholic.   Continue Reading

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    A Secret…

    This is a secret. One I have kept from my dad for some time.My mom knows about it but she has promised me that shewouldn’t share it with him. Look, I love my father but I just don’t think he would understand. He wouldn’t see what a struggle it has been for me.   Continue Reading

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    Dear Mom,

    I have been your son for 28 years. For the first time in my life, I am admitting that in the last 10, I haven’t always been present. Although I have been a part of your life, behind the smiles and the small talk, I’ve been dealing with a problem that is tearing me apart.At first, I thought I could handle it.   Continue Reading

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    I Dread Mother’s Day…

    Mother’s Day approaches and I dread it!  Don’t get me wrong,my mother is a good person… just a little overbearing.Actually, she’s “big time” overbearing. She knows I have an eating disorder.And this year, we’re celebrating Mother’s Day at her house.At least we’re not going out to her favorite restaurant, whichis some relief.I know what it will be like.   Continue Reading

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    My Unforgettable Spring Break…

    Everyone looks forward to Spring Break, right? The kids areout of school. It’s time for a trip to the beach with the family.The getaway we’ve waited for all winter.   Continue Reading

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    If I Were A Flower…

    If I were a flower, I’d want to be the most colorful bloom in the garden. There I’d stand, a presence to be recognized and appreciated. One that drew smiles and laughter from those who saw me as they walked by the picket fence in the front yard.   Continue Reading

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    Remembering St. Patrick’s Day

    To be honest, I can’t remember too many of my St. Patrick’s Day celebrations. They were filled with numerous toasts and memories, and all were lost in the fog of alcohol.It’s too bad because it’s such a joyous time.   Continue Reading

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    Eating Disorders Don’t Take A Holiday

    There are 12 months, 365 days in a year, 11 official holidays, not to mention all those unofficial celebrations like office parties, birthday parties, anniversary parties, weddings and the list goes on and on…and I…have an eating disorder. I don’t want to become a recluse, but anyone with an eating disorder knows how hard it is to manage all the food you find on all the days and celebrations listed above. Frankly, it’s overwhelming. To think, I have almost a whole year before me.  ...  Continue Reading

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    Building Better Boundaries

    Without properly establishing and maintaining boundaries with other people, we can leave ourselves susceptible to a number of unwanted situations and experiences. We can become the employee whose boss calls with a needless request at 11 p.m. on a Friday, or the husband who is uncomfortable around his wife’s male friends.   Continue Reading

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