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 the age of 17. I had kept all my old pointe shoes to hold on to those memories because dance had been such a huge 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 greatest turning points in my life. I signed one of my pointe shoes and wrote ‘I chose recovery’ not knowing that would be the start of this inspirational project.
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. To donate pointe shoes please call (805) 296-2600 or email firstname.lastname@example.org