WHICH TYPE OF EATING DISORDER DID YOU STRUGGLE WITH?
Originally anorexia and later on bulimia, as well.
WHICH ERC CENTER DID YOU GO TO FOR TREATMENT?
San Antonio, TX.
WHAT HAVE YOU RECOVERED IN YOUR LIFE SINCE OVERCOMING YOUR EATING DISORDER?
I have recovered connection. I have recovered grace. I have recovered possibilities. There’s so many things that I’ve recovered, it’s so hard to pin it.
The first thing is, the ability to be gentle and experience grace in my life. Whatever you want that word to mean. For me, it’s so many things. Possibilities to understand that when I think it’s over, or when I think it’s hard, or when I think it’s impossible, the gift of recovery is that anything is possible. I’m not going to live a damaged, messed up life. I really can recover so many things. I really can experience so many things. Especially healing. Remember that nothing is impossible. That I’ve come this far. Anything is possible. I’ve recovered the ability to say, “You’re worth it.”
WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE SOMEONE CURRENTLY STRUGGLING WITH AN EATING DISORDER?
As far as families go, I tell them this is supposed to change you, so face the idea that things are going to change and you’re going to recover together. Especially, if it’s a child and a parent. Trust your child. You’re dealing with this, too, this isn’t just your child. This is supposed to change you, as well. Don’t be scared of that.
So often shame of having the disorder, or shame for a lot of the behaviors that go with the disorder, they scare us from recovery. The biggest gift you can give as a person in recovery is the ability to look someone in the eye and show them that you get it. There is just something about someone else who is going through that journey that you connect on such a different way. They’re not going to lie to you. They tell me sometimes, “This sucks. This is going to suck for a while and you’re okay.”
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