WHICH TYPE OF EATING DISORDER DID YOU STRUGGLE WITH?
Anorexia. I’m a recovering alcoholic also.
WHICH ERC CENTER DID YOU GO TO FOR TREATMENT?
WHAT HAVE YOU RECOVERED IN YOUR LIFE SINCE OVERCOMING YOUR EATING DISORDER?
Recovery has been really exciting for me because so much of my life was based in shame. No matter how good I was, no matter what I did to impress people, I always felt shame. It has been a huge burden lifted off of me.
I have also gained the ability to authentically connect with people. I had never, ever sat down and had coffee with somebody until I had been through treatment at ERC. I might go running with somebody, I might work on a project at work with somebody, but to sit down and have an intimate conversation with somebody, sharing about our lives, was extremely scary for me.
That’s one of my favorite things to do now, is to sit down and have coffee with somebody and be like, “Who are you, really?” Being able to look someone in the eye. Shame doesn’t cover everything that I do.
WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE SOMEONE CURRENTLY STRUGGLING WITH AN EATING DISORDER?