Melody believes YOU have the power to own your recovery

Hello recovery community! My name is Melody Pierce and I am currently Miss Tucson Desert Rose with the Miss America Organization. However, I can tell you that 6 years ago I could have NEVER imagined that I would be where I am today. From a young age, I battled an eating disorder as well as depression and anxiety. After the loss of my father, I used these behaviors in order to cope with my pain. By working with a team of highly qualified professionals including psychiatrists, psychologists, and nutritionists, I have now exceeded all of my expectations of what life can be.

I knew I needed help when my eating disorder and depression started to impact my everyday life and the lives of those around me. I hold my family and friends very close and they were a big reason as to why I decided to get the help that I deserved.

I got started with the Miss America Organization this year once I felt that I was in a solid place in my recovery. I knew that by struggling with my mental illness these past few years that I now have the opportunity to help others by sharing my story. I work with national and local organizations such as the National Eating Disorder Association and Recovery Rising at Arizona State University to bring awareness to eating disorders and other mental illnesses. I also work very closely with the Andy Hull Sunshine Foundation, which promotes suicide awareness because eating disorders are the deadliest mental illness.

For my platform, I created a program called S.T.E.P.S. toward eating disorder recovery and awareness, which provides community members with the tools they need to combat the presence of an eating disorder in their lives or in those around them. S.T.E.P.S. stands for support, talk, educate, prepare and strengthen. By being a part of these organizations I have truly owned my recovery and am now able to share my story and my S.T.E.P.S. program to the Arizona community in hoping that I can help prevent causalities due to mental illness and give people the tools that they need to get through this difficult time.

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YOU have the power to own your recovery and come out stronger than ever, this illness does not define you, only you can define yourself.

You matter,

Melody Pierce