New Sterling Silver "Life Without Ed" Charm Supports Eating Disorders Awareness

July 15, 2006 (PRLEAP.COM) Business News
Chicago – Jewelry designer, Sue Gillerlain, has designed a sterling silver charm and complementary jewelry line to raise awareness about eating disorders. The small rectangular charm, inscribed with the words, “Life Without Ed™” on its backside, has been created in partnership with Jenni Schaefer, author of Life Without Ed: How One Woman Declared Independence from Her Eating Disorder and How You Can Too (McGraw-Hill) and guest on the “Dr. Phil” show.

Psychotherapist and author Thom Rutledge treated Schaefer’s long-standing battle with anorexia and bulimia by teaching her to think of her eating disorder, “Ed,” as a person separate and distinct from herself. "Separating myself from Ed had immediate results for me,” says Schaefer. “My eating disorder didn't just go away, but I did feel a tremendous amount of relief once I knew that there was more to me than just my eating disorder. Working with Thom gave me much needed hope. And with lots of patience and persistence, I was finally able to divorce Ed."

Jewelry designer Sue Gillerlain, also divorced from her own “Ed,” is donating ten percent of the sale of each Life Without Ed™ charm and Life Without Ed™ bracelet and necklace to the Seattle-based National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA).

“It’s exciting to see two individuals who are recovering from their own eating disorders able to help others through their passions in jewelry design and writing,” says Lynn Grefe, CEO, NEDA. “We’re delighted to be a part of Sue and Jenni’s Life Without Ed™ jewelry collection.”

The rectangular-shaped, sterling silver charm weighs 2.5 grams and is two-sided. On one side, a hand-drawn flower, signifying personal growth, is the focal point. On the back of the charm, the phrase “Life Without Ed™” appears along side a smaller flower. Each charm is placed on a sterling silver jump ring along with a single freshwater pearl to symbolize the wisdom, “You do better when you know better.” All charms are cast and finished by hand in the United States. All sterling silver chains are made in the United States.
The sterling silver Life Without Ed™ charm with pearl ($32); sterling silver bracelet with charm and pearl ($56); and sterling silver necklace with charm and pearl ($54) can all be purchased at online at or or by calling Sue Gillerlain at (630) 482-9140. Wholesale pricing for retailers is also available.

For high-resolution, digital images of the Life Without Ed™ charm and accompanying jewelry pieces, please contact Sue Gillerlain at (630) 482-9140 or

More information about eating disorders can be found at:

About Author, Jenni Schaefer
Following years of individual and group psychotherapy, Jenni Schaefer, who is a singer/songwriter, wrote about her experience in her book Life Without Ed: How One Woman Declared Independence from Her Eating Disorder and How You Can Too (McGraw-Hill). She is a contributing author to both Chicken Soup for the Recovering Soul and the newly released book Chicken Soup for the Recovering Soul: Daily Inspirations (HCI Books). Schaefer is gaining a national reputation as an inspirational speaker and has been featured in Cosmopolitan, Cosmogirl, Publisher’s Weekly, and Woman’s World. She also appeared on the “Dr. Phil” show to help promote eating disorder awareness. For more information, visit For information about Schaefer’s availability as a speaker, e-mail

About Jewelry Designer, Sue Gillerlain
Sue Gillerlain, 39, owner of Sarah Kate (, a jewelry company named after her daughter, and a marketing manager for a trade publishing company, is using her talents in jewelry design and marketing, and her personal experience recovering from anorexia and bulimia, to help raise awareness about eating disorders. Gillerlain leads a weekly eating disorders recovery meeting at the Ragamuffin Coffeehouse in St. Charles, Illinois, every Saturday morning from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. For more information, please contact Sue Gillerlain at (630) 482-9140 or or

About the National Eating Disorders Association
Headquartered in Seattle, the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) is the largest not-for-profit organization in the country dedicated to supporting research for the prevention, treatment and cure of eating disorders; supporting state legislative and advocacy efforts for access to treatment; expanding public education and awareness of eating disorders; promoting access and providing referrals to quality treatment for those affected; and providing support for their loved ones. Since the inception of its helpline in 1999, NEDA has referred more than 50,000 people to treatment and tallies more than 40 million hits annually on its Web site, NEDA’s live helpline: (800) 931-2237; Monday: 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. (PST); Tuesday to Friday: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. (PST).