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.
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.
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?
Professional with expertise in this field & I watched as Finding Balance grew from the idea to connect to an underserved poluation to a well received organization that has diversied it's resources in efficient and parsimonious ways. I participated in a presentation at a national conference to fami.