End of an Era —
When I was first booted from the Fatosphere two years ago, I had no idea what I was going to do with myself. I wanted to continue writing about issues surrounding obesity and health, but believed it was impossible to run a successful Size Acceptance blog outside of the Fatosphere.
I had been toying with the idea of creating an FA supergroup, sort of like a Traveling Wilburys for fatties. So, I contacted a handful of friends who seemed to be as disenfranchised with Fat Acceptance as I was, including the rascally dufmanno, the indomitable jenincanada, the resilient erylin, and the irascible vesta, all of whom have contributed significantly to this blog and have helped turn us into the Size Acceptance powerhouse that we are today.
But there is one person in particular who has been my right-hand woman since the brainstorming stage. While we bounced ideas off of each other, she developed the FFFFeed and provided me support through my doubts and fears, while simultaneously kicking some hardcore fatty ass. Without Elizebeth Turnquist, the Fat Activist, this blog would not be what it is today.
Throughout her tenure as Co-Editor-in-Chief, she has shared her passion for playwriting and poetry, and her struggles with food security. She outlined the tenets of Fat Acceptance, busted wide open the weight distribution curve, reminded us that thin is not the enemy, encouraged us to take in opposing viewpoints and to be good to ourselves. She even explained how “diet” is just euphemism for “forever hungry.” Then, last February, she shared her personal heartbreak, her mental anguish, and her struggle to make it on her own and find a job.
The great news is that since her divorce, she has landed on her feet and is making a fresh start and a new life for herself. The terrible news is that since starting her job this past summer, she has lost time and energy in order to succeed, which meant scaling back on her literary contributions from weekly to monthly post. Although I understood her reasons, I lamented the less frequent sound of her wise and powerful voice in the fight for Fat Acceptance. But life has a way of squeezing the time out of you, and without a car to cut her commute time, Elizebeth has been losing what precious free time she had for even those monthly contributions.
Now, it is with a heavy heart that I must announce that Elizebeth needs that precious little time to attend to her personal life. We don’t pay our bloggers; they write because they love to explore and dissect the issues surrounding fat that affects each and every one of us on a daily basis. But ultimately, this is a hobby for all of us, and as sometimes occurs with hobbies, life takes precedence.
We wish Elizebeth the very best in her life, and hope that she finds all of the happiness and peace of mind that she so dearly deserves. She knows that she has an open invitation to return at any time and that she will always have a home with us here. Thank you, Elizebeth, for all that you have contributed to our community. We won’t be the same without.
You can enjoy all of her contributions over the years in Elizebeth’s Hall of Fame page.