Part one can be found here and part two here. Feel free to check them out. They aren’t directed at anyone in particular (well, maybe you (and maybe you too)) but rather, are meant to be general in their content. This letter in particular is an interesting one – it comes from the other side of the fence, from a recovered mindset and is directed at someone who may still feel trapped by their eating disorder, or who is in recovery. Continue reading
I’m not generally one who sits in bed at 11:30 at night with a row of chocolate sitting on my bedside table and a nice strong cup of tea right next to it, serving as the perfect accompaniment. I’m also generally not one who has a shower at 11pm at night when I’m not feeling in a good frame of mind to wind down for sleep. All of the aforementioned things however, are perfectly accurate of me this evening and I’ve decided this: what the heck, I may as well blog about it.
The purpose of my blog is to educate individuals about eating disorders. It also is to (God willing!) give those who may be in the midst of eating disorder recovery a glimpse of hope that it’s something that’s achievable. So again, generally speaking, I tend to avoid writing about all the mundane stuff, the ‘Me Stuff’, the ‘How I Really Am Stuff’. Really, most of the time – I’m A-OK. But if I’m going to be honest here, half the time I shy back from saying things because I know a lot of you who read my blog rather personally – so being “too” honest here could get a little awkward, right?
Every now and then, someone will write a guest post for me. I’ve had some pretty special people write so far; one of my loveliest of friends, a teacher from my high school, a guy who’s experienced an eating disorder firsthand. I share these posts because I think they are important; I share them because I think giving people a voice is vital. And I share them because I think what they have to say is helpful and insightful.
So today I have another guest post to share with you. It comes from another lovely friend of mine who currently is battling an eating disorder. Her story is raw and insightful and honest and useful. But in saying all of that, if you are experiencing an eating disorder yourself, it may also be triggering. Please be wise about reading this post – if you have an inkling that this might be unhelpful for you and your recovery, please be brave and walk away from the computer. Honestly, I don’t think it’s too triggering – but we’re all different and we all react differently to these things. So yes – the choice is up to you, friend.
And regardless of if you choose to continue reading or you shut down the computer – I hope you have the most splendid of days.
As per the norm, I sat down to begin writing an essay for college and was distracted by thoughts of blogging. I haven’t been doing a great deal lately (which I suspect is because my eating disorder doesn’t have a role in defining who I am these days) but I’ve reached a new milestone just this weekend – 6 months bulimia free, at last! Bring on the next 6 months. It shall be exciting to see what God has in store.
In the last few days I have been thinking about the notion of dieting – and thus this blog post is relevant not only for those who may have eating disorders or who are in recovery, but also for parents and friends and grandparents and young people and boy and girls and adolescents and anyone else I have forgotten. Because (and forgive me if I’m wrong) dieting is something that affects all of us in one way or another and if we haven’t toyed with the idea of it ourselves, then our wife or child or aunty or friend or father probably has. So yes. Shall we proceed? Continue reading