Pointing To Recovery

The Story of Pointing To Recovery
In December 2002, I (Amy Waddle) began inpatient eating disorder treatment at Remuda Ranch in Wickenburg, Arizona. While there, I was diagnosed with bulimia and bipolar two disorder. Part of my recovery process was grieving the loss of my ability to dance due to a spinal injury at 17. I had kept all my old pointe shoes to hold on to those memories because dance had been such a massive part of my life and identity. The shoes became a symbol of me choosing recovery and leaving my eating disorder behind.  I never wanted to forget that moment, one of the most significant turning points in my life. I signed one of my pointe shoes and wrote ‘I chose recovery,’ not knowing that this inspirational project would start.  
I know I’m not the only one who’s felt alone. My hope is when dancers see these images, they will feel a sense of belonging, knowing they don’t have to dance through this alone. 

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