DATE: Friday, October 13
ROOM: Salon I
SPEAKERS: Mona Iguchi, Galia Barkol, Allyce Torres, Britt Kelleher, Victoria Magnus, Ryan Neiman, Lauren Deschler,
Recovery is Real
This panel discussion will feature a wonderful group of diverse individuals who have been in long-term recovery and have a wide range of different experiences to share. This panel will be moderated by ANAD’s Executive Director, Laura Zinger, who is also in long-term recovery.
Questions asked during the panel discussion may include:
- Is recovery possible without going to treatment?
- What do you recommend to do if finances prevent someone access from treatment?
- What do you recommend to do if distance prevents someone from pursuing treatment?
- If finances are limited, what has been the most important service to receive to promote healthy and long-term recovery? (Dietician, counselor, etc.)
- What do you recommend to do when you feel stuck or are moving backwards rather than making progress towards recovery?
Attendees can submit anonymous questions for the panel to discuss and answer prior to the conference using the form at the bottom of this page.
About our Panel Speakers
Mona holds an MSc: Eating Disorders and Clinical Nutrition from University College London, and is currently seeking a MS: Coordinated Dietetic Program at University of Illinois at Chicago to become a registered dietitian, specializing in eating disorders (EDs). She is a co-founder of “CHOICE to recovery from eating disorders”, an international co-ambassador of Project HEAL, and an interpreter/translator, my major work including a translation of “Eating in the Light of the Moon”. Now being fully recovered, her passion is to be an RD who understands the inside out and treatment of clients as an unique individual rather than ED itself. She also plans to contribute to the improvement of ED awareness and treatment situation in Japan.
Galia Barkol is an Israeli NYC-based actress and filmmaker. She graduated from Paris-Diderot University in Paris, France, with a B.A in Film & The Performing Arts, and completed an Acting conservatory program at HB Studio. Galia founded Ring the Bells Productions in 2013 - an avenue for her to marry her passion for performance with her love for language and filmmaking. She recently wrote and directed the narrative full-length film MIA, in which she plays the lead role. Galia had suffered from eating disorders and disordered eating since adolescence, and she struggled to find recovery for over 10 years. Today she is happy to share that recovery is absolutely possible. She is passionate about sharing her insights and about helping others accelerate their recovery and join the revolution for size justice.
Allyce Torres is a biracial Latinx teaching and applied theatre artist originally from San Diego, Ca. Allyce is the creator of SKIN DEEP, a theatrical initiative for the awareness and treatment of eating disorders. She is dedicated to sharing intersectional stories to destimatize EDs in communities of color. She is also dedicated to reforming mental health policies and legislation to make treatment an actual possibility for more people of color. She has been recovered for about two years, and while the journey hasn't been completely linear, the good days are coming in larger batches and for that, she is so grateful.
Diagnosed with Anorexia at the age of 17, Brittany went through a series of clinical programs and therapists before stepping onto her real path to recovery. It was when she met Maria Rago and her feminist-based approach to therapy that Brittany began the road to healthiness. This path was long and, at times, challenging, but through self-exploration, unwavering support, and an ongoing commitment to mindfulness and self-care, Brittany evolved into the strong, healthy person she never thought possible. Now, she speaks with others like herself, who struggling with eating disorders, to inspire hope and let them know that recovery is possible. Brittany is a graduate of Princeton University and currently resides in St. Louis, where she leads the Midwest Office of Wellspring Consulting, a strategy consulting firm dedicated to strengthening nonprofits. More information on Brittany’s recovery can be found in the Huffington Post series “A Tale of a Recovering Anorexic.``
Victoria Magnus lives in downtown Chicago with her yorkiepoo, Kinley. She has struggled with anorexia, binge eating, body dysmorphia and compulsive over exercise for over 10 years. Although she is stronger now, she understands that recovery is a life-long process and works every day to keep fighting and healing. She helps oversee a commercial property management company and is also the Director of her family's charitable foundation; Magnus Charitable Trust. The foundation partners with many different organizations, in addition to ones such as ANAD and helps bring more support, advocacy and change for those fighting toward recovery with an eating disorder. The foundation is also helping fund research through Mayo Clinic to help the link between the brain and body and its correlation with eating disorders. Through her own struggles and experiences she is currently pursuing a degree in psychology to help those struggling with disorders, addictions and trauma. Her goal is to help them heal through alternative and holistic methods without the use of medication by addressing the body as a whole unit and getting to the root of the problems and not just the symptoms.
Throughout majority of his childhood and to his early parts of his adulthood, Ryan struggled with bulimia and his own self-image. Stemming from the idea that was poorly executed by one of his sports coaches in grade school that success would follow if Ryan lost weight, it created years of struggle of accepting himself. However, after seven years of being clean from this addiction and without much help besides himself, Ryan is living proof to everyone that you can beat this disease on your own through self-reflection, accepting who you are, and most importantly, gaining self-respect for yourself. Through hobbies such as meditation, writing, reading, watching movies, and exercising, these are just the few ways Ryan was able to distract himself from the temptations of his past eating disorder.
My name is Lauren, and I am proud to say that I have been in recovery for over two years with my eating disorder and bipolar disorder. Prior to my recovery, my life consisted of my eating disorder and bipolar disorder for four years starting at the age of 15. I am now almost 21 years old, and my life has never been happier thanks to Aurora Psychiatric Hospital in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin. I would like to give a shout out to the most wonderful therapist, Michele. She helped me save my life..
Now that I am healthy, I spend my days working at the Wisconsin Humane, and helping animals any way possible. I have four fur babies of my own, and I've never been more passionate about animals and my life.
Krista Sturgeon is an author, activist and speaker who is devoting her life to educating others about a condition that impacts millions of people. A survivor of a 20 year bout with anorexia and living with the debilitating after effects, Krista is a prominent advocate for eating disorders, particularly eating disorders in LGBTQ+ folx. She is the author of a highly acclaimed and respected autobiography,” An Angry, Distorted and Exhaustive View of My Body Image”, which serves as an incredible guide to what it takes to reach long term recovery from anorexia. In the past Krista has been deeply involved with the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders (ANAD) and willingly shares her own experiences with an eating disorder with audiences across the country to help guide others to recovery. Through ANAD she has developed a peer support group module for specific triggers in LGBTQ+ folx and has advised proper terminology to be used for group and hotline personnel. Krista has researched and developed a resource of non-profit organizations to partner with ANAD to start peer support groups in the United States. She is now in the process of developing a Communities of HEALing support group in Essex County, Massachusetts. She frequently speaks at middle schools, high schools and colleges about eating disorders, primarily anorexia. She also writes a blog which serves as a source of information and inspiration for people dealing with this condition.