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May 16, 2012
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May 16, 2012
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Findingbalance found me at the lowest point in my life. I was desperate, alone, and dying in the grips of my eating disorder. With my health on the line, I sent an email to Constance Rhodes seeking help and prayer. Within just a few days, she replied in an email enriched with not only guidance and resources, but compassion and empathy. Her one simple act showed me that I was no longer alone, and that I actually had a life worth fighting for. Following our first interaction, I was able to attend a four month long inpatient treatment stay to find freedom from my eating disorder. I graduated from treatment in February, with my creativity bursting at the seams. Findingbalance gave me an arena to let my words from the heart be published and read by others with similar struggles. I found companionship within the realm of recovery, something I had heard of but never experienced myself. I found myself finding meaning in my new life without an eating disorder. In short, Findingbalance helped me find ME-who I am, Alyee, alive and thriving....and a worldchanger set free!

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

May 16, 2012
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May 16, 2012
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I found Finding Balance prior to receiving treatment for bulimia. I was hopeless and searching for encouragement. I think I typed in something about how God views women with eating disorders. A few clicks later, I found a whole page of printable truths through FB's True Campaign. It was an answer to prayer and planted a seed of hope inside of me that grew eventually to courage. It is so Christ-centered and does not focus only on eating disorders. FB is a website that promotes healthy body image, habits, and freedom through Jesus. It is so unique and helpful to many people. So thankful!

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

How did you find this group?

Google.

What, if any, change in your life has this group encouraged?

It has encouraged me to look to the Lord as my Helper. He is ultimately the only one who can heal my heart. I think there is a big disconnect sometimes between our relationships with God and ourselves. In treatment, I focused on finding myself so much that I sometimes forgot the piece of me that longed to be known by God. This organization reminds me daily via Facebook or Twitter that recovery is about living fully for my Savior.

May 16, 2012
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May 16, 2012
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I found Finding Balance at a time when I needed it most. I am so grateful for an organization that is addressing issues that most women struggle with: self-image and our constant desire for thinness. FB revealed to me the lies I had been believing through media about what beauty means. Not only did my definition of beauty change, but my obsession with thinness was revealed as a control in my life. I am now able to see myself the way that God sees me which is bringing me freedom. I am so glad that the experts at FB are speaking out and helping folks just like me see the need to break out of the thin cage and find freedom in Christ - just the way He designed it to be. It is an organization that is shouting out the truth to an issue that plaques so many of us. I am eternally grateful!

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

March 23, 2011

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March 23, 2011

I started attending a FINDINBbalance "Gathering" in February of 2010 and have kept going back every week since! Fb offers a unique support for women of all ages and stages of recovery from disordered eating and body image issues. The weekly video messages by Fb founder Constance Rhodes and other special guests are always Christ-centered, meaningful, and encouraging. Participating in Fb's programs has been a life-changing experience for me, and I have watched as it has been life-changing for my fellow group members as well.

FINDINGbalance impacted me so much that after a volunteer meeting this February, I approached Constance about a job opportunity with Fb. After a short, totally God-led series of events, I became Fb's first-ever Program & Development Manager. In fact, I just started this week! Now, I get to give back to the organization that helped rescue me from certain darkness. I kid you not, I am tearing up as I write this - God is so, so very good.

I am so grateful that this resource exists! Thank you Constance and Fb for all you've done - I only hope my contributions to this organization can help others the same way I have been helped.

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

Finding Balance has been the single most helpful resource throughout my recovery from chronic dieting, binge-eating disorder, and obsession with self-image.

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

I wish there were Finding Balance Gatherings all over the country. Every major city should have this volunteer-based resource available! Community is crucial when it comes to recovering from disordered eating.

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

How did you find this group?

Internet & Word of Mouth

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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

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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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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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

People had been telling me for years that, because I was not underweight or overweight, I didn't have a problem with food, but *I* knew there was something wrong with my private relationship with food & binging & over-exercising, and as a Certified Personal Trainer, the guilt overwhelmed me. In Spring 2005, I read Constance Rhodes' book, "Life Inside The Thin Cage", and soon after, I contacted her by email about how the book spoke to me. I wanted more information about EDNOS and Constance was creating a workbook for small groups (which would become "Finding Balance with Food"), so I waited for it to be completed. In Spring 2006, our church had an epidemic of deaths due to unhealthy lifestyle choices, one was a young woman, 29 years old and mom of 2 small children. The church pastor was aware that this was a problem and he knew I was interested in helping. He encouraged a friend and I to start a "body image/food issues" support group. We used several different books in our Bible study group, as well as the "Finding Balance" website and e-newsletter to assist us and guide us as leaders while we waited for the "Finding Balance with Food" curriculum to be completed in Franklin TN. In Fall 2008, when Constance was looking for pilot groups outside of Tennessee to test the curriculum, our church group volunteered, and I must say good things come to those who wait! Our San Jose CA FBwF pilot group had 10 women, ranging in age from 43 to 71 years old. This group dynamic brought challenging discussions about food attitudes and life-long poor eating habits, as well as revelations about body image & aging. The curriculum was well-organized with videos, discussion sheets, leaders' guide, and easy art projects. I confess that when we started, we were not excited about doing these art projects, many of the women said they personally weren't creative and resisted doing them. However, the time we spent on these projects became the highlight of our meetings; they were relaxed, easy, and took us back to "little kid" days when a piece of paper and glue and glitter were fun, back to a time when we were not judgmental about ourselves and our bodies. As a result, "Life Inside The Thin Cage" & the FBwF curriculum is the benchmark for our group and we are planning to begin a weekly Fb Gathering in June 2010.

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

my healthier more balanced living, my closer walk with the Lord, and my deeper more meaningful friendships because I am able to share my experiences with others who are also going through battles with finding balance in their life.

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

meeting the fantastic, helpful, and approachable people associated with Constance, both online & off!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 15, 2010

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May 15, 2010

I heartily support the vision of FindingBalance as I've come to readily understand my ongoing need for healthy balance in every area of my life. As I've been privileged to benefit from the mission of FB, I've observed that its primary objective is to invite those battling disordered living and eating to a haven of rest, where they can heal and find lasting balance and hope through the exposure of the lies and poisonous roots of the dysfunctional behavior in their lives. FB does this so well through the authentic, transparent, courageous volunteers leading the charity and through its equally stout-hearted clientele as they all persevere in finding and maintaining balance in their own lives. This example alone has tremendously inspired me to live life in similar fashion--letting my heart breathe as I persevere in knowing and practicing what is true about all things, especially what is true about me and my purpose and place in this world. FindingBalance is a charity that heralds a message of hope and life to those who are weary of navigating the storm-tossed seas of "living" disorders. We need to champion this call and this cause by giving it the loudest voice we possibly can so that as many who need to hear can hear the truth that balance and health and order in living are a reality to be found.

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

my recovery from bulimia and a broken marriage.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 15, 2010

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May 15, 2010

Finding Balance is an amazing support tool here in Franklin, TN as well as in other locations. I began attending FB about 2 years ago when I was really struggling with my ED and I found it to be a great place to go each week for support. I was trying to get into treatment and was having a hard time due to insurance and finances, but having FB to attend each week while working in my treatments options was a lifesaver. I would not have made it thru without the support and the assurance that FB would be there for me every week. I also attended the class offered by Constance and it was very indepth and helped me to begin to uncover the reasons for my ED. I have since been to treatment and attribute my ONE YEAR of recovery greatly to the FB program. I feel that this program is helping many people locally as well as in other areas to find the support they need to begin and succeed in recovery. I highly recommend this curriculum for a support/recovery group.

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

my recovery from an eating disorder.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 14, 2010

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May 14, 2010

Finding Balance's (Fb) primary goal is to let people who are controlled and defined by their unhealthy relationship with food and body image that there is hope out there. There is this amazing and marvelous God who wants to restore the broken and the captive. When I started the Fb small group I thought my only chance at the perfect body was an all out eating disorder. I learned that I was wrong. The perfect body wasn't going to bring the perfect life that I was hoping for. I was crushed and broken. And what Fb did was walk along side me and tell me that I don't have to fight this battle alone. They told me that all this pain I was overwhelmed with was something that God wouldn't waste but in fact use for His glory. God would give my pain purpose. So instead of dropping out of graduate school then, I am now a full-time healthcare provider that gets to speak truth in the lives of the patients that I see day to day. You know, often it's said that you can't keep your recovery unless you give it away. Fb has come to hold such a valuable and special place in my heart that I financially contribute to their cause (altough it doesn't seem like much) and I get to bring encouragement to others who struggle through the FB blog. Fb helped launch my recovery, and the joy that I have today is because of them.

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

how I relate to food, how I view myself, and how I view God. I had to move away from Fb headquarters for various reasons, and because of the work they started, I continued to pursue recovery and still do to this day.

Ways to make it better...

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

increase their exposure. So few really know all that Fb has to offer either those who struggle directly with food or body image or know someone who does. These Fb Gatherings and small groups, definitely need more of them!

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

the fun art projects and times of getting together with the girls and just laughing and doing life.

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

kind. They understood the issues I was facing. They didn't sugar coat things and they challenged me when I needed it.

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

holy smokes! A LOT! It would provide treatment regardless of insurance or ability to pay. It would have a place for people to learn how to cook, to practice their creative skills, and learn how to be in community. And these centers could be everywhere!!

Ways to make it better...

I could have been more honest with where I was truly at. I had a hard time opening up.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

resources such as money, volunteers, even employees to help these visions become a reality. It's also faith-based, which can deter some people. But that doesn't keep them from accepting you with open arms.

One thing I'd also say is that...

they are persistent, dedicated, and relentless. This is a burden, a real need of our culture for someone to stand up and speak truth. Fb is willing, ready, and has begun to do just that.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

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.