It’s Eating Disorder Awareness Week this week and I want to do my bit to help spread awareness. I invited people to share their experiences of having an eating disorder, in the hopes that people who are suffering/ have suffered will know that they are not alone.
If you’d like to read more people’s eating disorder experiences this is:
This is Adele Neil’s story…
But I am alive. I survived it. I got through to the other side. And I am never going back.
I suffered from Bulimia Nervosa for 16 years! For most part it was my big secret, with very few people becoming aware. I had suffered for 13 years before i was finally brave enough to come forward and confront my family and get the proper medical attention i needed. And deserved.
If I can offer even a tiny ray of hope to anyone out there, I would like to say RECOVERY IS POSSIBLE. I was a long term sufferer and am I pleased as punch to be able to state that I have been FULLY RECOVERED for 2 and a half years.
I had it bad for a long time. I have long term heart issues (I ended up being fitted with a Pacemaker at age 27). I have to use prescription toothpaste, I developed stomach ulcers and still get bad acid reflux even now. But I am alive. I survived it. I got through to the other side. And I am never going back. I AM FULLY RECOVERED.
I can’t pinpoint one specific thing that worked for me. It was a combination of factors. It started online, finding forums and blogs, communicating with others in the same situation and reading every single piece of advice available. I constantly read self help books. Listened to self help audios and tried out the advice offered to me. I set myself challenges.
Never give up. Seek out the support you need, find people to trust. Talk when your ready.
Finally it was a doctors appointment which lead to referrals to hospital and then many months of group and individual therapy.
But the message I am adamantly trying to get across is that no matter how tough it gets, no matter how rock bottom you are at, or how hopeless you feel. Please know RECOVERY IS POSSIBLE.
No matter if you have had an eating disorder for a matter of months or even decades, as I have shown in my case, it can and will happen for you. Stick at it. Never give up. Seek out the support you need, find people to trust. Talk when your ready.
It really helped me to learn as much as possible online and open up to strangers before I was ready to talk openly face to face. And that’s fine. Take all the time you need. If you want it to happen it will happen. Never give up, RECOVERY IS POSSIBLE.