You never know who’s listening….
Dec 30, 2011

“You never know who’s listening….”

This week I received an email from a dear friend of mine inquiring about Diane Keaton’s new book, Then Again.  I was a bit confused by her email when she said that Ms. Keaton mentioned me in the book. Until Wednesday night, all I was aware of was that it was the first time that Ms. Keaton was sharing the story of her struggle with bulimia. While passing through the airport, I stopped by the bookstore to pick up a copy. Sure enough, on page 94, there was my name among a list of those that had conquered the disease (including Diane’s name as well). Shocked, humbled and amazed, my eyes welled up with tears. You see, in the nonprofit world, regardless of the cause, there are a lot of ups and downs. Personally, I have been sharing my story for over 11 years now and many others have been doing this for decades. It is not an easy endeavor but one that we feel is tremendously worth it. I have never met Ms. Keaton nor do we have any mutual friends so how she happened upon my story is unknown to me. All I know is that it reinforces what we try to do every day and is a huge motivator heading into 2012. I want to encourage each of you to continue to talk about these illnesses- continue to raise awareness - and continue the fight against eating disorders. After all, you never know who might be listening….

Happy New Year!

Sincerely,
Allison Kreiger Walsh
Executive Director, H.O.P.E.