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“We’ll Start to Heal”

About a decade ago a client in our Binge Eating Disorder Treatment Program handed me this poem. At the time we published it in our newsletter. I just read it again for the first time in 10 years and was struck by how beautifully it describes my hopes for the A Weigh Out Members’ Circle. I’m pleased to share it with you here…


Swallowed Anger
Swallowed Pride
Makes a Person
Feel Empty Inside
How Can I Fill This Void
And Feel Good?
It Seems That I Have
Always Used Food.

Food has been Comfort,
A Good Friend Indeed
It Has Calmed My Anger
My Hurt and My Need
No Longer My Friend,
I Cast You Aside
And Look For a New Friend
That Won’t Let Me Hide
I Want to Reveal
My Hurt and My Shame
I Hope That the Sharing
Will Help Ease My Pain.

Please Tell Me Your Story
And I’ll Tell You Mine
We’ll Do This Together You and I,
We’ll Talk and We’ll Listen
We’ll Cry and We’ll Feel
Before You Know It,
We’ll Start to Heal.

Feb. 6, 2000


I hope you’ll use the A Weigh Out community to help you connect with others and to help you heal. How? Talk about your struggles, ask your questions (there’s an “Ask A Question” Box on your right), share your insights…and your victories. Comment on these blog posts and particpate in the “A Weigh Out Empowerment Network Groups” (access through the Members’ Links to your right or through the Members’ Portal). You might be interested in a new group that’s been created by people who wish to discuss the Weekly Tools. There are many people here who understand and are ready to support each other! Join the conversation! You are welcome in the Circle!


Ellen Shuman is a Life Coach who specializes in emotional and binge eating issues. She is the founder of A Weigh Out & Acoria Eating Disorder Treatment, Vice President of the Binge Eating Disorder Association (BEDA), and Co-Chair of the Academy for Eating Disorders Special Interest Group on “Health at Every Size”, ellen@aweighout.com 


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