Chief Marketing Officer Julie Holland Faylor, MHS, CEDS is the National Eating Disorders Examiner. Read an excerpt below from her blog post "Gratitude in the eating disorder recovery journey": With Thanksgiving right around the corner, I have gratitude on my mind. I am keenly aware that gratitude has played a significant role in my personal eating disorder recovery journey, and I have many things for which to be thankful. I’m grateful to be alive. Eating disorders are the deadliest mental illnesses. Research has found that crude mortality rates were 4 percent for anorexia nervosa, 3.9 percent for bulimia nervosa and 5.2 percent for eating disorder not otherwise specified (EDNOS).* I struggled with my eating disorder for over a decade before finding lasting recovery in my early twenties. In hindsight, the severity of my restricting, bingeing and purging behaviors could very well have killed me had I not sought effective, multidisciplinary treatment. Visit her blog to read the article in its entirety.