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Choosing to See Beauty

Shunning Every Reflection

I use to shun every reflection of myself, whether that be in a mirror, window, water, or glass. If I saw myself I shuttered. Ahh, I’m so ugly, I would whisper. I can’t even stand the sight of myself. Then I went to Kolkata, India to serve the dying in the slums. While there I served s
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Why Didn’t He Make it Stop?

I use to think God was out to get me. In fact, when I was younger I convinced myself that surely He must be a monster. Abused. Broken. Rejected. Surely if there was a God out there, He would make it stop, right? But wait, if there is a God, couldn’t He have made it stop altogether, as
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She cried. I cried. We cried together.

I walked in and saw her. Her name is Emily and she is dangerously sick with an eating disorder. Her hair is falling out, her face exceedingly sunken, the dark circles under her eyes are frightening, she has fine hair growing all over her body and her arm is about the size of two of my
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How Could That Take Away the Nightmares?

Everyday I see and hear from women who are trapped. Women who have been hurt and traumatized and yearn for freedom from the chains that bind them to the pain. Everyday I pray for you, because I love you so much. I have felt that pain and it’s real and raw. But it gets better, th
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You, Yes You, are Enough

I’m flying back to Nashville right now after speaking to the students at the University of Pittsburgh. The woman who sat next to me has an eating disorder and my heart really aches for her. Her husband was trying to coax her into eating dinner, but she wouldn’t  and this e
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I Turned Down a Modeling Job

J.crew told me I had the cheek bones and legs to be a model for them, but would have to lose 20 pounds in order to do so. WHAT?! THAT’S CRAZY!! Thanks, but no thanks!   Sadly, this is our society, this is the culture that is molding young women and forming negative self-esteem issues.
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My Love, My Cross, My Joy: Marriage following Abuse

This evening, I’m very honored to welcome my dear friend Faith Hakesley to MIHI’s blog. Faith, a survivor of sexual abuse, wrote for the National Catholic Register about her experiences several months ago and this evening Faith will address a very sensitive topic for survi
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“She left pieces of her life behind her everywhere she went…

It’s easier to feel the sunlight without them she said.” Yesterday was the anniversary of the date I started therapy and a reader asked if I could describe part of the process. I had spoken with this doctor once on the phone before packing everything I owned into my Honda
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Fact: Abuse is NOT your fault

Made in His Image has received thousands of emails, since its launch, from women in various stages of their journey’s towards awareness and recovery from eating disorders and or abuse. There is one particular subject that I would like to address today, that echos many emails I h
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Book Publication – Choosing to See Beauty

Since the last two radio interviews, countless people have inquired about the publication of my manuscript. I have had a few legal complications, but everything is working out well and it will be out shortly. The story behind Choosing to See Beauty: I have been writing this book for s
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