McCall Dempsey is the founder of Southern Smash, a non-profit dedicated to raising eating disorder awareness and promoting positive body image through events where they (literally) smash scales with hammers. McCall is a warrior and has come a long way in her recovery from her eating disorder but, recently, she has been on another road to recovery; recovery from grief. In May of 2015, McCall’s 8 month old daughter, Marjorie, was diagnosed with cancer. McCall tells us how this devastating news put her life and career on hold but eventually helped to give her a fresh perspective on life and a renewed sense of gratitude. Marjorie is now 2 years old and cancer free 🙂
What You’ll Learn from McCall Dempsey
- How a devastating experience can reveal what is most important in life and teach you how to take everyday annoyances in stride
- The healing benefits of writing down and sharing your experiences and emotions
- How to see the beauty in the ordinary
- The importance of allowing yourself the space to grieve
- How to stay strong in your recovery when life gets tough
Do the next best thing, always.
Favorite Recovery Resource
Advice to Former Self
That there’s hope. That you can reach out and get help in treatment without judgment. That you don’t have to look a certain way or weigh a certain weight to warrant help in treatment. Everyone is worthy of help and a life free from the eating disorder.
Definition of Recovery according to McCall Dempsey
Breathing and freedom. Being able to breathe without feeling like you’re breathing through a straw. Being able to see color in the world again and knowing that there is life beyond. Being aware that you can overcome. Being aware that you’re going to have grief, sadness, and anger. Being aware that you may need to extra support and to be extra gentle with yourself.
For Your Journey
- Southern Smash: raising eating disorder awareness & spreading body love one SMASH at a time
- Find professional help through Recovery Warriors Help Finder
- Rise Up + Recover app on Google Play and iTunes
- Music by JR Patterson at the Voice Collective