Archived Forum: Announcements and Introductions > A thank you

Gwyneth, I just wanted to reiterate that you are absolutely amazing and I greatly appreciate all your effort into this website and providing resources and advice for us. I think know everyone would agree with me here.

I know sometimes it might seem like we just ask the same questions over and over again, and we all feel like the "special case" or the "exception", and you have to write the same answers over and over again - maybe you might feel like it's useless, or maybe not, but believe me it helps. I think that although in the end everyone has to decide to go through with their recovery regarless of the details of what may or may not happen, your reassurance and information helps keep the flame of hope alive for those who aren't ready yet, and keeps those who are in the process from panicking too much.

You seem to be very busy and a bit overwhelmed lately, and I hope you don't feel like we are being too demanding for your attention/advice/reassurance. This post is just to say that you truly are really greatly appreciated. If there was an award or prize for this sort of thing then no one deserves it more than you.

April 10, 2012 | Registered Commenterfunkii

I definitely second that!

April 11, 2012 | Registered CommenterImago

I SOOO second that. You cannot believe how tremendous this change is for me. I feel alive. I feel free. I feel courageous. I walk through the streets and feel soo good, so unaffected by all those thoughts that used to haunt me and so powerful to kick ED's ass.

I would never be there if it weren't for the information you provided and your thousands of reassuring answers here on the forum. I'd already gone far even without knowing about all this detailed information, but this was now the last bit that I needed to know.

Your karma must be incredible by now and/or big fiests are awaiting you in heaven. But surely payout time is waays to go for you as you're such an idol of healthy living. :-)


April 11, 2012 | Registered CommenterImmi

Gwen is amazing. I can only but imagine how busy she must be right now writing her book and also doing articles for the site, responding to posts/messages and then there is everyday life to.

I imagine it may be hard at times but i don't know seeing people relapsing and things like this. Although, Gwen argues that these ed's are neural so also knows that is the nature but seeing it may be harder. Please do take good care of yourself Gwen and don't stretch yourself too far.

There is quite a bit of repetition and i think it's something everyone posting should consider.

I hope you are doing ok Gwen and that things are going ok.

Thank you for being you Gwyneth.

April 11, 2012 | Registered Commentermissrising

Thank you from me, too, Gwyneth. The job you are doing is truly incredible and I wish there were more resources like this, if only to take some of the pressure off you! I know I'm guilty of posting similar things repeatedly....that is the nature of the condition, but hopefully as the website grows you'll be able to refer people to similar threads instead of typing out the same things over and over.

Immi, I think payout time will be sooner because Gwyneth's book is going to sell millions of copies :-P

April 12, 2012 | Registered Commenterstarbuck

I second all of this! You took the words out of my mouth funkii! Without Gwyn, without this forum, without everyone.. I would not have the knowledge, let alone the strength to even prepare to wade in these waters.
I'd also like to add that I watched Gwyn's audition for TED talk. I feel like I can speak for all of us when I say, "We're rooting for you!"
But really, how awesome would it be to get this info out there!? You deserve to be heard as well!

April 12, 2012 | Registered Commentersetfiretotherain

I watched it as well today and am holding my fingers crossed!!! I really hope you get to spread the word further.

April 12, 2012 | Registered CommenterImmi

I would also like to thank you for this site and also thank everyone who contributes so honestly.
I haven't posted much, mainly because I am not in full recovery or ready for it quite yet.
BUT- I have taken some real steps towards improving my life: eating more and more types of food, feeling more forgiving of myself for what I used to think of as 'binges' etc etc.
I feel I have better understanding of the physiological processes which then effect the mental stuff.
I am currently able to work better, be much more on the ball and I can actually concentrate to read novels again.
There's a way to go and I'm not sure whether I will embrace the full recovery eating but the steps I have made are so worth it.
Thank you.

April 12, 2012 | Registered Commenteremptyworld

Thank you so much for the support you are offering me, which is an extremely generous gesture given that you are all climbing the equivalent of your own Mt. Everests every single day to find a way to a remission that is sustainable!

I have indeed been under a lot of pressure lately and that never bodes well for my health :-(

It does mean a tremendous amount to me to receive your messages of appreciation: funkii, imago, immi, missrising, the-wanderer, setfiretotherain and empty world.

Don't worry, I don't lose sight of how incredibly lucky I am to get to know all of you (even in an on-line setting like this)!

Best wishes, Gwyneth.

April 12, 2012 | Registered CommenterGwyneth

Take care of your health first always Gwyneth.

Emptyworld (Elly): You sound a bit like me, but not. I'm not up to the "recovery guidelines" here, but am much more consistent (and almost "almost" there)..maybe calorically wise you are not even close? At least try to get super close (but the best way is to dive in). Hope you discontinued all exercise too :) And I feel the same about the nightly "binging"..but no concentration and stuff back. Glad that you have re-found that (i'm still waiting, but its likely related more to my worry-stress than anything else).

April 20, 2012 | Registered Commentersara-eats

Just wanted to second everything that everyone else here has said... When I watched the audition video for TEDTalks I was a bit overwhelmed... "oh my gosh Gwyneth is a real person and this is real and she is actually doing this so we can get better and she has a nice voice". But in all seriousness... Thank you. Maybe you aren't a real person, more like a saint or something! But please look after yourself too - you deserve health and happiness as much as (well, probably more than!) the next person. <3

April 21, 2012 | Registered Commenterjsw83

I want to add my voice to this chorus. Without Gwyneth's help i don't know what i'd do quite honestly. I just wish she would get some kind of award or national recognition for her work. And some monetary compensation. She truly deserves it.

April 25, 2012 | Registered Commenterpelajane