June Good News: You Have Already Survived the Toughest Day of Your Life (so you can survive this too!) Not that you asked, but my mom had me by c-sec

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June Good News: You Have Already Survived the Toughest Day of Your Life (so you can survive this too!)


Yes you did. I did. WE did.

Not that you asked, but my mom had me by c-section.

So - without even the courtesy of a minute to prepare - I was literally infant-jacked from my nice, warm, dark, solitary shelter and summarily thrust into the "real world."

I know you will think I'm crazy (sometimes I can't help but agree) but I still totally remember that day.

I remember the glaring high beam headlights, the unwarranted whack on my sensitive booty, that awful siren sound (which I now suspect was my own wailing), and one solitary repeating thought:

Seriously? SERIOUSLY?! Who signed me up for THIS?!?

Somehow I made it through that day....the day I still consider to be the most challenging, terrifying, incomprehensible day of my whole life.

I also made it through 5,475 later days (or approximately 15 years) of battling my eating disorder before I started to gain a toehold onto recovery.

And (more recently) I survived the first few days of my young tortoise's life (see below for details) - but it was touch-and-go there for awhile for this new turtle mama.

I've survived breakups and makeups, the dissolution of dreams, friendships, and whole careers, a grueling six months in India (which included both the "hot season" and the "monsoon" season - whew!), an unexpected side trip to Serbia during the Gulf War Crisis (which is why you really want to make sure you get on the right train when you're traveling).....

I've survived a lot of very bad days.

I've also survived a lot of very good days.

In fact, sometimes the good days can feel even harder to survive, because during those days I'm very busy doing battle with my own disbelief that a) I'm actually having a 'good day,' b) I will ever have another good day after this one, c) this good day isn't really just a "bad day" in disguise.

All that to say - you've already survived your very worst day - the most jarring, unnerving, precarious, scary day you will ever have.

Which means you absolutely CAN and WILL survive this one.

It also means you have SO MUCH more strength and courage than you give yourself credit for.

I do too.

We truly do.

To date, we have both broken our own respective individual records for "most consecutive days lived."

Go us!!!!!!

With great respect and love,



This month in Good News:

Inspiration for Beating Ana (and Mia, and Ed)
Invite Me to Speak to Your Group!
Support Emi Berger's Campaign to Raise Funds for Recovery!
RSVP now for a FREE teleconference with Dr. Walter Kaye
Love & Feathers: "'Outside the Box' Nesting"
Mentoring & Recovery Blog: "What a Jasmine Flower Has Taught Me About Trust"
Participate in Vital Eating Disorders Research
Take Good News & Pass it On


Inspiration for Beating Ana (and Mia and Ed)

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Treatment is hard, yes. But then again, so is life.

The simple truth is, if you have managed to survive having an eating disorder, then you certainly have what it takes to recover from one!

QUOTE from Beating Ana: How to Outsmart Your Eating Disorder and Take Your Life Back


Invite Me to Speak to Your Group!

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"Beauty Undressed" is not your ordinary eating disorders event.

In fact, it is not really about eating disorders at all, but about how we as individuals and as a culture view and express beauty in the course of our everyday lives.

Eating disorders are serious bio-psycho-social illnesses that are estimated to affect up to 10% of the population. However, nearly 100% of the population (that is, us) struggles with unhealthy eating habits, body shame, and insecurity whenever we look in a mirror.

This is why "Beauty Undressed" is a program for all of us.

With "Beauty Undressed", teens and adults, women and men, students and staff come together around one of the centralizing issues of our culture today:

Beauty. What is it? Who has it? Who decides?

To learn more about "Beauty Undressed" and Shannon's other campus programs, click HERE


Support Emi Berger's Indiegogo Campaign!


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On July 27, 2014, eating disorder survivor and MentorCONNECT board member Emi Berger will ride, run, and swim in Lake Placid Ironman.

Her goal in attempting this amazing dream event?

She wants to raise funds for MentorCONNECT, the first global eating disorders nonprofit mentoring organization.

YOU can help to support Emi's amazing Ironman event - and also help her to support those who are recovering from eating disorders.

==> Click HERE to read Emi's personal story

==> Click HERE to learn more and give!


RSVP Now for MentorCONNECT's* "New Discoveries in Eating Disorders Research and Treatment: A Teleconference with Walter Kaye, M.D."


Date: Wed, July 9, 2014
Event: MentorCONNECT Teleconference
Open to: all - general audience
Cost: free*
Presenter: Walter Kate, M.D.
Time: 8-9pm central time

EVENT DESCRIPTION: Dr. Walter Kaye is one of the world's leading researchers on the neurobiology of eating disorders. In exploring the relationship between brain and behavior in the onset, development, and treatment of anorexia and bulimia nervosa.

Dr. Kaye heads up an international team of scientists, physicians, and researchers in developing innovative new eating disorder treatment approaches.
In his role as Director of the University of California, San Diego Eating Disorder Treatment and Research Program, Dr. Kaye and his clinical team apply breaking research in the treatment of eating disorders through offering an innovative, intensive program that incorporates medical, psychological, psycho-educational and family mentoring/counseling.

In this once-a-year live teleconference event, Dr. Kaye will share about his team's newest discoveries in eating disorder research and treatment and how discoveries are already positively impacting treatment outcomes.

If you have wondered what the medical and research community is doing to improve outcomes for patients struggling to recover from eating disorders, this is "the" teleconference you want to attend!

PRESENTER BIO: Walter H. Kaye, M.D. is a Professor of Psychiatry at the University of California San Diego and Director of the Eating Disorder Research and Treatment Program. Dr. Kaye attended Ohio State Medical School, trained in neurology at the University of Southern California, and trained in psychiatry at the University of California, Los Angeles. Dr. Kaye was then a fellow and research physician at the National Institute of Mental Health for 7 years where he conducted research on appetite regulation, behavior, and treatment for disorders. Dr. Kaye was on the faculty of the University of Pittsburgh for 20 years until joining UCSD. His current research is focused on exploring the relationship between brain and behavior using brain imaging and investigating new treatments in anorexia and bulimia nervosa. He is also the principal investigator for an international, multi site collaboration on the genetics of anorexia and bulimia nervosa. Dr. Kaye has an international reputation in the field of eating disorders and is the author of more than 250 articles and publications. To learn more about Dr. Kaye and his research, visit him at: http://eatingdisorders.ucsd.edu/faculty/psych_faculty.shtml


*MentorCONNECT is a non-profit organization and all programs and services are offered on a no-fee basis. To make a tax-deductible donation to support great free events like these, click HERE

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But best of all, my chosen ladybird would have the prettiest occupant to share her weekends with!

'Outside the Box' Nesting

There is no doubt “nesting season” can get competitive.

Even when you clearly have the advantage in every way – from the prettiest, sleekest feathers to the poshest, comfiest casa - sometimes the ladybirds might still have trouble making up their minds.

So then you need to break out the big guns to squash your competition once and for all.

This surefire competitive solution is called (in the corporate world, at least) “Outside the Box Nesting.”

==> To read the full post click HERE

==> To follow Love & Feathers click HERE


Malti is so small and young she still has her egg tooth – barely visible on the tip of her nose!

What a Jasmine Flower Has Taught Me About Trust

About a month ago, I acted upon a long-delayed dream.

I became Mommy to a hatchling red-foot tortoise named Malti.

Malti is an Indian girl’s name that means “small fragrant jasmine flower.”

She is very small indeed (3″ from nose to tail tip).

Her fragrance comes in the form of trust.

Even as I type, she is sleeping off her lunch in a mossy corner of her new habitat – totally trusting that her every need will be provided for…..by me.


I, on the other hand, am cramming on YouTube like only a newbie turtle mommy can, ever hopeful of keeping this baby alive for one more day.

We are making a lot of progress, Malti and I, but I have to give her most of the credit.

==> To read the full blog post, click HERE

==> To follow Mentoring & Recovery click HERE

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Help Others Heal by Participating in Life Saving Eating Disorders Research!

MentorCONNECT is proud to be collaborating with one of the world's pre-eminent eating disorder researchers, Dr. Walter Kaye, and his research team at the University of California-San Diego (UCSD).

Dr. Kaye and his team are interested in studying the positive traits of eating disorder recovery and learning from recovered persons how eating disorders develop and what recovering people need in order to heal!

Do You Want to Help Others Heal? Then Read This!

p.s. all expenses are paid and additional compensation is provided for accepted research participants


Take Good News & Pass It On!

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Good News is meant to be shared.

Do you know someone who could benefit from an ezine like Good News or a recovery community like MentorCONNECT?

Is your group looking for a powerful speaker who can empower whole audiences to get excited about tackling personal limitations as opportunities for growth?

Then take one helping of Good News...and pass it on!




FREE Mentoring from Eating Disorder Survivors

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Good News & MentorCONNECT are Grateful to Our Circle of Hope Sponsoring Partners! :-)


About Me

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Me. Pearl.

Hi! Thanks for reading "Good News" - I hope you enjoyed this month's edition. :-)

If you want to learn more about my story of recovery, I invite you to check out "Beating Ana: how to outsmart your eating disorder and take your life back." In this book I share all the things I did to recover from my eating disorder.

As part of writing "Beating Ana," I also founded MentorCONNECT, the first global eating disorders nonprofit mentoring community. MentorCONNECT exists to give others the experience of mentoring that saved my life.

==> To connect with me: www.shannoncutts.com

==> To connect with my beautiful and loud sidekick, Pearl: loveandfeathers.com

See you next month with more Good News!

With all my best,


p.s. Remember, there is always a reason to have hope! If I could beat my eating disorder, then YOU CAN TOO.


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The hardest challenge is to be yourself in a world where everyone is trying to make you be somebody else. -E.E. Cummings

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