Thursday, September 22, 2011

A GOODBYE KISS TO YOU ALL...


Since my return from holidays, my work commitments have increased to the point that it's become next to impossible for me to keep all the balls in the air. Something has to give so that I'm not tied to a computer 24/7, so I've decided that my blog is going to have to be put on ice, permanently.

Now, that doesn't mean that I'm taking it down. It will live on in cyberspace in perpetuity...I just won't be updating it. But please keep commenting on the posts. I will continue to post your comments.

A special thank you to those who have shared with me your stories and allowed me to post them here. I am humbled and honoured and have been deeply touched.

Many thanks to all of you who have commented on my posts and sent me emails. Your support and understanding of the message I've been trying to get across has been remarkable and so appreciated.

And many thanks to the people I have met online who have become friends and who have given me such support in my quest to spread the word about eating disorders (especially you, MrsM of Weighing the Facts) :^)

Keep fighting the fight against eating disorders, and please never forget that they kill. If you're struggling, tell someone. Get professional help. You CAN beat it.

Love to you all,

Medusa
xoxoxo

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26 comments:

Sensory Overload said...

Thank you for bringing so much more awareness as well as a wealth of knowledge to so many. What you've offered has touched so many.

The very best to you as you continue your journey.

Be well. :)

Zisi said...

I've actually got tears in my eyes with this news. I found your blog when I was really sick, not at my worst but close and the last few recovery attempts have been inspired by things I've read here. Even though I've never commented before, it feels like you've been with me through thick and thin because of all the wonderful posts and stories and words of encouragement. I'll always come back just to reread when I need to. I hope you realize what a huge impact you've had for so many people, I've even had my boyfriend read posts here or there that I thought he would connect with. I'm sad to see the end but I wish you all the best and had to let you know how amazing it's been. Thank you so much for all you've done and even though I've been silent for so long, the positive influence you've had to help me hang on at times was worth letting you know. Best of luck with everything and thank you so much for having such a compassionate blog to relate to for so long.

Thalita said...

Medusa, thanks a lot, this week I've been thinking about health, not ana as always.
I told a friend and he is helping me, he said I'm too young to die and that's true, im just 18 and suffering since 5 years ago. When I wanted help or support I read your blog, thanks for show me that life is more than pain, we have to live healthy.
Really, thanks, I want to recover, to find my happiness again without anorexia.
Many people changed me, you too, I'm not blind anymore.
A brazilian thanks to you.

MrsMenopausal said...

I'm so sorry to see you go. You, and your blog, have made such a difference and touched so many lives. You've been a strong, compassionate voice and a great source of information in the fight against eating disorders. Thank you so much for your support through all these years. I appreciate it more than you know. You will be greatly missed, Medusa. I wish you nothing but the best! xoxo

artistka said...

I feel sad with this information :( I wanted to send you my story, but it was impossible - too many people wanted to. But thank you, because your posts have given me lots of strength to fight with anorexia. I'm not heathly yet, but I wish it will come to me soon. Now I see, I've been to shy and I'm regreting it now that I haven't get a contact with you.

Love from Poland (there isn't anyone from this country I think.. :))

D.

Anonymous said...

@artistka- I live in Poland right now ;) Email me if you want:
martynika@ozu.es

HeadTimesTwo said...

just sorry i only got to know you blog today :-\
be well and keep safe and god bless you for your good heart.

Anonymous said...

now that you're permanently leaving (which i am very sad to hear!) do you think you could tell us a little bit about yourself? :)

Medusa said...

Thanks so much to you all for your lovely comments. They mean so much to me.

To Anonymous (October 9/11), I decided, when I first started this blog, to keep my identity secret. Maybe one day I'll share a little bit about myself, but now isn't the right time.

Again, my heartfelt thanks to you all.

Juliette said...

Thank you Medusa for this wonderful blog and for everyone who shared their stories here. I wish you all the best.

sarahlynn said...

Thank you for everything. I've always looked to you to share the truth - not glamorized or lightened or romanticized. I hope you'll be back online in some regard, at some later date - whether here or some new venture - you're too worthwhile a person to fade away.

Many thanks and many hugs.

Medusa said...

Thank you, Juliette & sarahlynn for your sweet words.

<3 to you both.

Graces Run said...

Dear Medusa,
I too found you when I was down and have quietly been here for quite a while, desperately reading stories of hope. I am better but still struggling and glad of your last paragraph in your goodbye letter. I am speaking out and I am getting help.

Thank you for all you have done, and very good luck in your ventures.
:)

Medusa said...

Graces Run, thank you SO much for your lovely comment. I am so happy you reached out and are getting help. The very best to you in your recovery.

Laura said...

Medusa,
I'm so sorry I found this post a little too late.I've been following this blog for several weeks now and I never realized that you weren't going to update anymore.
While I've never struggled with an eating disorder or know anyone with one, they fascinate me to no end. This site changed my perspective on eating disorders and made me realize how important reaching out can be.
I'm working on a research project in my sophomore english class and I decided to do it on the negative effects of pro-anorexia and pro-bulimia sites because I was inspired by how yours was actually helpful for those with and without the disorders.

So I just wanted to say thank you so much for putting your heart into this blog I hope one day you might come back just to say hello. :)

Medusa said...

Laura, thanks so much.

Best of luck to you in your research project.

~ Medusa

Anonymous said...

Thank goodness. Though well-intentioned, your site perpetuates a lot of misconceptions and stereotypes about eating disorders, and makes a melodramatic show of certain aspects of anorexia. It's a shame, really, because I know that you just want to help people from suffering - I truly do believe that.

I don't know if you're familiar with a lot of the latest research on the biological causes of eating disorders (put simply, a neurologically-based brain disorder that no one can 'catch' - either you have the predisposition to an ED or you don't, and no amount of media indoctrination will create an ED where there isn't the neurological hardware for one. Sure, media and societal messages can certain contribute toward disordered eating, but disordered eating and eating disorders are not the same thing.)

We need a lot of educated people, a lot of activists to turn the medical and mental health machine on its side, and disseminate information about the latest research re: eating disorders, so that medical and mental health professionals aren't stuck believing the same outdated paradigms (e.g.. - EDs being caused by sexual abuse, poor parenting, the media, etc.) I'm not denying that those things can definitely play a role as precipitating events, but they can't cause EDs in someone who doesn't have the biological basis for the disease - period.

Seriously, there are some amazing research articles and programmes about all this. It's been so eye-opening. A few years ago I would have hailed your website as one of the most amazing things - but over the past year or so I've found that it actually probably does more of a disservice.

Anyway, I wish you all the best with your future endeavours! (And, seriously, if you haven't seen some of the latest research, I urge you to check it out - it truly is very eye-opening. http://www.laurassoapbox.net/ is a great place to start.

-S

Angela E. Gambrel said...

You know, you really should take the URL of the Skinny Gossip site down. I'm in recovery from anorexia, fragile recovery I might add, and the first thing I did was go to that site. Can we say "TRIGGER"????

Medusa said...

Done. Thanks for the heads-up.

Ari Jck said...

This blog means so much to me, I just wanna say thank you to all this amazing information that opened my eyes years ago. Hope you're ok and everything in your life goes just fine.

Huge hug!

Medusa said...

Ari Jck, thanks so much! Your words really mean a lot to me.

All is great with me...enjoying life and family.

Cheers,

Medusa

Anonymous said...

I am heartsick to hear you will no longer be updating your site. Your words and articles have been a Godsend, a beacon of light in a tunnel of darkness, something to look forward to. I sincerely hope you will reconsider your decision to permanently stop updating this site. I don't think you realize the impact you have on the many thousands of us out here, or how many people you have woken up about the realities of this disease. I can only wish you the best, always, and pray that you will come back to us...even if it is fleeting!!!!! Mere words cannot express my respect and gratitude for the commitment and courage you have shown in bringing this horrid hidden secret to the world. I bid you adieu...

Medusa said...

Anonymous, your words brought tears to my eyes. Thank you so much. One day, when my life becomes less hectic, I will be back posting. Until then, I hold you all in my heart & prayers.

Love,
Medusa

Anonymous said...

You can't stop your blog Medusa :( please can you start it again :( I'm so depress that you are not continuing :(

Anonymous said...

I read your blog a long, long time ago and this is the place where I found out the name of my illness. Now I'm 20 years old and I'm in recovery, finally.
Thank you so much for your guiding words and powerful posts.

Much love, Anya.

Medusa said...

(((Anya))), thank you so much for your kind words and for taking the time to comment. I'm thrilled to hear you're in recovery. Best wishes to you for continued good health and staying strong.

Much love,
Medusa