One Step
Posted November 8, 2011

Yesterday I went into the city to watch the New York City Marathon.  It was a perfect marathon day, cool temperatures and sunny skies.  The kind of day that sparkles.  The kind of day that makes you believe anything is possible and makes you feel happy to be alive.

From beginning to end, the streets were lined with spectators yelling encouragement to the runners as they passed by. Music blared, people waved signs, children jumped up and down with excitement. Some were there to root on someone they knew but most of us were there shouting our support to strangers, applauding their incredible effort. We all got into the spirit of the day, cheering loudly, yelling and encouraging them in their quest. The excitement was infectious.

Runners had come from around the country and across the globe and many had written their names on their shirts. I began to feel a personal connection as I shouted encouragement to Paulo, Erik, Birthe, Anthony, Susan and countless others. There were solo runners, small groups and large groups. Tall, short, young and old. Every size and shape.

I was standing on 1st Ave. and 88th St., at about mile 18 of the 26.2 mile race.  We marveled at how fresh some of  the runners seemed, as if they had just begun the race and hadn’t already run from Staten Island, through  Brooklyn and Queens and up 30 blocks on the east side of Manhattan.  They still had to make it to the Bronx before heading down 5th Avenue to the finish line in Central Park. NYC Marathon Course. Some runners were showing signs of the miles they’d already run – limping, clutching a cramped side, sweating.  Yet there was such determination on their faces.  A belief that they would finish the race.

A new course record was set yesterday by Geoffrey Mutai of Kenya when he finished the race in 2 hours, 5 minutes, 6 seconds.  Incredible. Amazing.  But guess what?  He ran the race exactly the same way as the 50th runner to cross the line, or the 100th, or the 1,000th.


The road to recovery from ED is achieved the same way.


~ Judy


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  • Robin

    After checking out the Someday Melissa site and reading the blog i was deeply moved…of course i immediately ordered the dvd…I saw a phone number for Judy and decided to try and call…to my suprise she picked up and we spoke for a while…she and I had many similarities…we both struggled ourselves with eating disorders and our children went down the same path…my daughter is still struggling daily after countless therapists, treatment centers & hospitalizations…this disease is all consuming and every day is a battle…i feel that by Judy making this movie she has given the world a powerful tool which was much needed…to quote my daughter “sometimes it takes one persons eyes to close for hundreds to open”…congrats to Judy for having the courage and strength to put her story out there…Melissa’s movie is changing lives…

    • Judy Avrin

      Thank you so much for your kind words. Knowing that Melissa’s story and my ability to share it is inspiring others helps give some meaning to losing her.

      I was so glad you reached out to me. When you’re dealing with your child’s eating disorder, it feels like you’re living in the Twilight Zone most of the time. It becomes all consuming and so often isolating as you pull away from friends, much like your child is. The impact on the entire family is so significant that you can’t believe anyone else has been down the same road. I hope I was able to help just a bit.

      Hugs, Judy