Sunday, 21 September 2014

I was on TV! Watch my feature on CBC News!

Three weeks ago, I was contacted by a reporter from CBC Toronto, asking me if I could do a story on the increase in eating disorders that is occurring. Wanting to help, I readily agreed...not realizing that they wanted me to do the story the next day! Needless to say, it was a last-minute request. But being featured on TV AND raising awareness about ED and mental health? Who could say no?!
 
This news story is highly relevant to society and what is happening in our world today. Although short, the feature highlights the fact that there has been a staggering increase in the prevalence of eating disorders within the past few years. Unfortunately, this has not been met by an increase in treatment. Perhaps even more frustrating is that there is still a lack of knowledge and awareness on eating disorders, prevention, treatment, recovery, and mental health. There still exists stigma around issues such as mental health. My hope is that by speaking out, we can make a difference.

Please take time to watch this segment - it is only about five minutes long: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wu3TcyjgQ5w. (Please note: this aired two weeks ago on the CBC Toronto News at 6 and 11 pm, but the video was just uploaded - thanks sis!).

But the impact of the segment is not in its length. The impact lays in what we do after hearing the story. Do we go out and make a change? Are you willing to reflect on your own beliefs and knowledge around eating disorders and mental health? Are you prepared to educate yourself and others around you? Are you willing to help raise awareness that EDs are REAL, MENTAL, and SERIOUS illnesses?
 
I hope that you enjoy this little feature I did with CBC news Toronto. More importantly, I hope that it helps you and others learn about ED and mental health, and it makes a change. There is a lot of awareness on many physical health issues, but awareness of mental health issues is lacking. Why? Because we don't want to talk about our feelings and emotions. We don't want to appear vulnerable. It is easier to suggest physical treatments for heart conditions, cancer, etc. than it is for mental health issues, where treatment options may not be so obvious. Everyone, regardless of what health/other issue they are dealing with, deserves treatment, help, and support. They deserve to be cared for, to be empathized with, and to be understood.

Thank you, God, for giving me the courage and strength to speak up about my battle with anorexia. Thank you for showing me that every struggle, every tear, and every hurt happens for a reason. Thank you for using my struggle to raise awareness, and hopefully, to continue to help others. Thank you for never leaving any of us alone, for giving us hope and success. Please strengthen us to continue trusting You, even when times are rough. Please give us Your peace and allow us to see that though we may not understand what is happening now, we will one day. And then we will see that '...in all things God works for the good of those who love Him' (Romans 8:28).

And thank YOU to all my friends, family, and readers. I would not have been here if it were not for all of the care, love, and encouragement you always provide me with. The time each of you takes to motivate me, to read my blog, to pray for me, and to help raise awareness makes a HUGE difference. I am so blessed to have all this support around me.

54 comments:

  1. It was short but sweet

    Helga

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  2. I saw you Marina and thank you for speaking up on behalf of all of us
    .Resources are very sparse and poor quality of care .

    Anne

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  3. I am glad you spoke up to a well known TV channel

    Sandra D

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  4. Your story proved that every hurt happens to us for a good reason and that is why God allowed this.

    Mary
    Mississauga

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  5. We pray for you and for all those who seeking God's mercy as you also pray for all of us.
    You are making a big difference Marina

    Sunday Priest

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  6. I am very proud of your achievements and I consider you as on of my friends on the web
    With my humble respect

    Muhammad

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  7. You were very cute

    Cindrella

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  8. Holly
    You looked very pretty and very articulate


    Clorado

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  9. I do not have google account and I could not watch it

    Helga

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  10. Marina
    Be proud of what you did.
    You changed the mess into a great message that you sending to all of us

    Kelly W
    TO

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  11. I missed this and I could not log on as I have no facebook or google account .
    I am sure your were up to the point.I pray for you same as I do for my daughetr

    JP( a very thankful mother)

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  12. Here you go

    Morandin

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  13. Your message was strong

    Monica

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  14. You were very articulate and confident and pretty!!!

    Zak


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  15. I am so happy you speak on behalf of many who are silent about this deadly disease hopefully can prevent young kids getting struck with this ED monster.


    Nanraj

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  16. I watched you and took my hat off for you

    Larivierre

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  17. In few minutes you made the point very clear and you sent strong message.

    Fernandez

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  18. I saw you but when I called on friends ,it was over

    Rodica

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  19. I wish I could have watched you live.

    Razan

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  20. I just saw you and pleased with your beauty

    Gavin

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  21. Your self confidence attracted my attention

    Eric

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  22. Marina this is so good

    Sawsan

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  23. I saw you live on TV

    Gusipina

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  24. You were very confident.

    Anastashia

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  25. You were handsome with nursing uniform and very articulate


    CJ(RN and CDE)

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  26. God bless you.
    Thank God for all the blessings that you sharing.


    Giovani

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  27. Very beautiful Marina

    Madiha

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  28. You did wonderful job

    Jasmeet

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  29. You are very pretty

    Jenn
    Welland

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  30. You made your point

    Jack

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  31. You did wonderful job

    Sousa

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  32. Your voice reflect your victory over the ED and your message to others to do same was appreciated

    Jeff

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  33. How cute you were??!!!!


    Sally

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  34. That is a beauty

    Hernandez

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  35. I was delighted to watch you.

    Ryan

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  36. You were so pretty and articualte.

    Hamza

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  37. I watched and got to know how confident you are.

    Felix

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  38. You really look very professional.

    Kapoor

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  39. Kudos To Marina

    Gerry

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  40. In just two years ,Huge difference makes you very proud and talented

    Raja

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  41. Short but sweet

    Blanchette

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  42. I admire you now more than ever, seeing you talking like a pro

    Gangji

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  43. You made it clear to the CBC news ,We need to have more resources

    Vuk

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  44. WELL DONE

    HILLARY

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  45. This was good

    Felix

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  46. This clip raise the awareness of politicians as well as public.

    Mubayed

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  47. Just 2 years and you changed course of events
    WOW

    Adeel

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  48. Good news to many

    Pyiush

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  49. excellent clip

    Marvlyn

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  50. Thank you all! I am so happy you enjoyed the short clip, and am so thankful for all your kind and supportive words. You all mean so much to me, and you keep me going strong in my recovery! God bless you all! :)

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