THE POWER OF HOPE: A Loving Message from the Heart
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“Everything that is done in the world is done by hope.” Martin Luther
Hope is the driving force in our lives- it allows us to shine through the setbacks we may encounter down the tunnel. Hope is what shows us the light at the end of the tunnel and keeps it vibrantly lit.
As a Frontline Support Worker at the National Eating Disorder Information Centre (NEDIC), I know all too well the major gaps in our system regarding available and accessible services for eating disorders. Some of the hardest calls we receive involve telling individuals that there are no programs offered within their given areas. Unfortunately, we do not have control over the allocation of eating disorder treatment and support within Canada, However, the one thing that NEDIC is able to provide for each and every individual that calls, e-mails, or walks-in, is hope. Without hope, the power and light within you slowly dims to the point of darkness and the journey to recover is no longer visible. At NEDIC we are committed to each and every individual seeking help, support, information, and referrals- and one thing is for sure: time is not a factor when it comes to hope. There is a strong dedication to communicate hope and keep that light shining brighter and in some cases, reigniting that light, for everybody that contacts NEDIC.
Hope, in my opinion, is an honest message of love from the heart; it can also act as a catalyst and promote empowerment. Hope is what allows us to recognize our wonderful selves and is needed to keep us in balance. We all have the power within and sometimes, we just need a little reminder. Mondays to Fridays, 9am- 9pm EST, we at NEDIC are that reminder.
“You may not always have a comfortable life and you will not always be able to solve all of the world's problems at once but don't ever underestimate the importance you can have because history has shown us that courage can be contagious and hope can take on a life of its own.” Michelle Obama
Lindsy Berman is a Frontline NEDIC Support Worker and Social Work Practicum Student. NEDIC’s national helpline provides information on treatment and support within Canada, from 9am to 9pm Monday through Friday (Eastern Standard Time). If you or someone you love is struggling with an eating disorder or if you would like to learn more about the organization, call NEDIC, toll free, at 1-866-NEDIC20 (1-866-633-4220).