I first met Lee Wolfe Blum twelve years ago.
At the time, I had recently published my first book, Life Inside the Thin Cage, and was running a fledgling ministry for those impacted by eating disorders. Lee had overcome her own eating disorder and was just beginning to dream about how she might be used to bring hope to those who had struggled as we both had. She wanted to speak, and to write a book, and I secretly felt a little superior to her since I was already doing both.
Not that I like to admit that out loud…
Over the years we stayed connected. I flew to Minnesota where she lived to meet with some thought-leaders about how to grow my ministry. Lee volunteered at a festival we went to in New Hampshire. She attended our Hungry for Hope conferences. She even spoke at a few of them. And always, ALWAYS, she continued to dream about one day writing a book.
And then she did.
In 2013, Lee released Table in the Darkness, a compelling read (with an awesome cover!) that documented her harrowing battle with anorexia which had almost taken her life. By the time Table released Lee had been working directly with eating disorder patients and their families for awhile. More doors opened for her to speak. She was living the dream. Which is to say, she was living life – messy and broken and hard and bumpy – but getting to do something she had really wanted to do in the midst of all that.
Last week Lee celebrated the release of her second book, Brave is the New Beautiful. And she is just that – Brave and Beautiful. Reading the early manuscript I laughed and cried and was so very proud of my friend. Her honesty and vulnerability are rare gifts. Gifts that help so many of us Type A overachievers know we’re not alone.
Even in areas we’re pretty sure no one else can relate to…
This week I sent Lee an invitation to appear in one of our webinars for our Lasting Freedom online support program at FINDINGbalance.
She said yes, which wasn’t surprising. We’re friends, after all. But a line in her response caught my attention. With Lee’s permission, I will now share the following UNEDITED email exchange…