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March 11, 2011

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March 11, 2011

I connected with FindingBalance a little over a year ago. I had the honor in working along side them as a volunteer in June of this past year with Hungry For Hope. They trutly are so very organized and very professional, with great marketing skills, administration skills and relational skills as well. They also have great passion that overflows in serveing those who struggle personally, along with professionals working with those who struggle, in all areas of eating dissorders, body image, etc.

I have found that working with them, although I was a volenteer, they made me feel part of their team from the moment we connected. There was great encouragment, and still is, along with great direction and wonderful follow up.

They made the whole experience fun and I am trutly blessed to know them as a non-profit as well as individuals. I will be joining them agian this year as a volenteer and look forward to it!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

continuing to help others in the battle with food, image and body issues. To get the word out and to help change a culture.

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March 11, 2011

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March 11, 2011

Finding Balance has been a key component of my aftercare and continued recovery from anorexia. When I first discovered their website, through a desperate Google search for, "body image distortion," I was mesmerized by the depth, wisdom and practical help provided by their experts. Video clips and articles addressing actual women's questions fed my soul, giving me courage and a sense of identity. The Finding Balance blog has often addressed my exact feelings; the contributors are transparent about their struggles.
I have sought many means of continued support for my recovery after inpatient treatment. Finding Balance has been the most well-rounded and consistent source of support that I have found.

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Finding Balance has encouraged me in re-learning to feed myself, to moderate exercise and to appreciate my body.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

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March 11, 2011

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March 11, 2011

FINDINGbalance is an organization that I have used as a resource with clients in my counseling practice. This site has been extremely useful for me as a mental health clinician because it is a place to refer clients where there is a plethora of information to inform them and answer questions about eating disorders or disordered eating. In addition, this site provides practical weekly encouragement from bloggers who bring their heart and wisdom to the table. FINDINGbalance is run by a CEO with experience, passion, and expertise in the body image, eating disorder/disordered eating arena, who also brings the faith-based focus that many of my clients need and want as they walk their own healing journey. I consider Fb to be a partner with me in my psychological counseling practice because I can refer to their site as a resource, knowing that my clients will gain credible and excellent information to assist them in their recovery as they use the materials that are provided there.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

using it as a resource for clients to find information and encouragement for their struggles in the areas of body image, eating disorders, and disordered eating.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

love to see more funding for them so that there wouldn't have to be any fees for viewing videos on their site.

June 28, 2010

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June 28, 2010

I cannot say enough wonderful things about Constance and the FindingBalance organization. This material addresses food issues that so many people have but so few people actually talk about. The format of the FB material is easy to follow, and working with Constance and her team has been an absolute blessing.

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As someone who professionally works with and have personally battled food issues, I can tell you that the content of the FB groups really resonate with me. I'm very refreshed by Constance's balance of transparency and professionalism.

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About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

June 1, 2010

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June 1, 2010

I knew very little about FINDINGbalance when I sent in my resume, but when I met Constance Rhodes, she was somebody I knew I could trust with my story. Being in business has taught me that any business is only as effective as its leader. Constance is the founder and the energy of FINDINGbalane, but she has also made it a team approach, and everyone around her feels her passion and energy for this work. It's contagious and inspiring. The depth of the team is so evident in the website and the people supporting FINDINGbalance. The content on the website is comprehensive and relevant. I am grateful to work with them.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Education about eating disorders and how I can apply what I'm learning to balancing my own life.

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About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 30, 2010

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May 30, 2010

When I discovered FINDINGbalance, I realized founder Constance Rhodes and I had similar passions for helping free & empower women in the areas of eating & body image. I knew this was an organization with which I wanted to be involved & serve! I began attending the Fb Gatherings Constance led at the time in Franklin TN, and seeing first-hand the powerful positive impact FINDINGbalance has on women in various stages of recovery from a wide range of eating & body image issues. The application of spiritual Truths has great value for all of us, wherever we are on our journey, as well as the freedom of experiencing genuine, transparent fellowship with other women. When Fb created its "webcast" tools to enable Gatherings around the country & around the world, I was thrilled to host a group here in Brentwood TN. Although my own walk is far from perfect, it is one of my greatest joys to come alongside Constance & the awesome work Fb is doing, and help empower & encourage women of all ages right here in my community. Thank you, FINDINGbalance!!!

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Strengthening & encouraging me in my own journey, breaking free from perfectionism & people-pleasing! It's a joy to see the enlightenment & encouragement that the participants of our Brentwood Fb Gathering take away from each week's message & discussion.

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About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 25, 2010

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May 25, 2010

FINDINGbalance is an amazing organization that reaches out to women who have struggled with food, dieting, hating their body, and so many other insecurities. There is no other organization quite like it that offers a faith based no-diet approach to changing the way you feel about your body and yourself. The 12-week small group curriculum opened my eyes and completely changed the way I viewed my body. It helped me to break free from the world of disordered eating after years of bingeing to dieting, to obsessive excercising then not exercising at all, creating a cycle of gaining and losing weight until I hated my body for the struggle it put me through. Constance's raw honesty and empathic way of speaking the truth about our unhealthy thoughts and habits helped me to break free from the control that food and my body held over me. The website allows me to stay connected and find support and encouragement through the hundreds of videos and blogs from people all over the spectrum of body image and eating issues. This organization is so helpful on the pathway to freedom from being controlled by your eating and body issues!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

helping me break free from my eating issues and love my body and finally feel confident and beautiful. I've learned how to truly "find balance" by taking care of myself through healthy eating and exercise but not letting that rule my thoughts.

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About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 25, 2010

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May 25, 2010

As a registered dietitian specializing in disordered eating and family nutrition counseling, I value and appreciate having a cutting edge and relevant organization like Finding Balance to refer my clients to. Our culture is full of confusing body image and food messages that my clients struggle with both as parents and young family members and it is refreshing to be able to direct them to the practical tools that Finding Balance offers on the website and at events. I have firsthand experience working with the Finding Balance team from start to finish in creating the first ever women's conference at the Soulfest Outdoor Summer Music Festival in New Hampshire in 2005. The response from the women attending this 2-day conference was full of appreciation and excitement for the transformation the speaker's and workshops helped to foster through raw honesty and truth. Finding Balance holds nothing back as an organization willing to go 'rogue' even when the topics that are addressed are complex and require going deeper than most organizations feel comfortable going.

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I have witnessed the powerful results of hearing feedback year after year at the music festival of women who attended the Finding Balance women's conference and how it affected their lives.

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About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 23, 2010

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May 23, 2010

The Finding Balance team looks squarely at the "warped mirrors" of the disordered eating mind-set, the existing eating disorder labels, and the current eating disorder industry as a whole. Through their extensive, interactive and professionally resourced website -- together with their strategic use of social media and a variety of teaching tools -- everyone impacted by eating disorders is presented with a clear "mirror of truth" about the entire eating disorder spectrum. This is not only helpful for the struggling individual but also for the lay-counselor or prominent professional. Finding Balance collaborates with existing organizations of all types. Because of its willingness to team with other organizations (rather than compete against them), Finding Balance is able to go where no other eating disorder organization has gone before in bringing healing to the hurting. I find mentorship in Finding Balance, as I use their wonderful resources and curricula in empowering individuals and groups (specifically those in faith-based leadership roles) to learn and unite, and to extend hope and support to those struggling with eating disorders within their communities. Constance and her team have already done the work. Thanks to Finding Balance, you don't have to have lots of fancy letters after your name to provide cutting-edge, professional, and authentic support to others!

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Finding Balance's outstanding resources and tools empower me to help others find freedom from disordered eating and thinking. Never seeing "status quo" or "superficial" in Finding Balance's character = refreshing, energizing, & PRICELESS!

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

collaboration & authenticity

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

still be the most unique and resourceful eating disorder organization available... for more people

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 17, 2010

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May 17, 2010

As a professional working in the field of Eating Disorders, I receive many calls from various individuals asking me support their endeavors. The call from Constance Rhodes over 6 years ago was unique. This individual had done her homework and then some. She had designed an organization to reach out to an underserved but overly-represented group - those suffering with "eating disorders not otherwise specified". This phrase applies to all those whose eating disorder does not meet specify criteria for an eating disorder. As experts know, millions of women and men fall into this category. Take one example - someone who suffers from Anorexia Nervosa yet still has her Menstrual Cycle. Again, professionals know this can be more common than the Amennorheic Anorexic. Constance has made phenomenal progress in less than one decade. She and her very well selected staff have educated thousands about this misunderstood category of disorders. Again, EDNOS represents a huge number of untreated individuals who can struggle for a lifetime or can proceed to develop life threatening eating disorders. Not only has Finding Balance taken on the task of education, but it also serves to unite, link, serve and bring people together. Constance's published writings and her presentations bring people to the Finding Balance website - the heart of the organization. One tour of the site can tell you how diversified this organization is able to be while still staying focused on it's sole mission. The website is the perfect forum for a population that has shame and secrecy about the disorders. I give all my entering clients the Finding Balance information. I have seen clients progress from trusting the website to booking reservations for conferences! Last Tuesday, I said goodbye to a previous client whose brain lost her 22 year battle against the disease. She was only 38 and leaves behind two beautiful daughters. Finding Balance was on her phone's contact list. Going to the website gave her comfort and inspiration for many years, as there are few large faith based sites that cater to this special community. She never lost the desire to fight, thanks in large part to resources such as Finding Balance. ( She was among the many Anorexics who still had her period, therefore did not meet the traditional criteria for a "full scale eating disorder".) I thank God Finding Balance is available and I support any efforts to continue its sustainability. Thank you for your kind attention.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing the awareness of EDNOS expand, where there was no awareness before. Even many professionals had no idea of these "other, more common eating disorders". I've seen FB educate national audiences in many forums.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the passion and the follow through the creators evidence!

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

similarly passionate about this critical issue!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

bring education, hope and treatment to evry individual suffering from EDNOS, as well as reverse the spread of the disease.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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Contact colleges, churches and counselors and let them know about our tools.Have coffee with influential people and a) educate them on the vast numbers of people struggling with eating issues and b) let them know what we're doing.Edit, encode and upload our weekly FINDINGbalance Gathering videos.Record and produce a weekly podcast.Do a web search and compile resources for us to refer recovery-seekers to.