With Eating Disorder Awareness Week taking place next week 27th - 5th March it's a little reminder just how crucial awareness of this 'silent' illness is. Eating disorders are a very secretive illness. Using myself as an example, to begin with I looked fine, my favourite phrase was 'I'm fine' or 'I'm ok' and I … Continue reading Giving the silent illness a voice
"Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year" It's that time of year again, where most people are busy planning all of the festive parties they will be attending, drinks nights, work parties and the ultimate family get together over a big Christmas lunch. For most this is what Christmas is all about, this … Continue reading The most difficult time of the year
There are lots of misconceptions surrounding Eating Didorders, here are 8 main myths that stand out to me and need to be challenged. 1. Anorexia is a phase It can often be thought that anorexia or bulimia are 'phases' that someone can and will 'grow out of'. This couldn't be further from the truth and … Continue reading Myths and Misconceptions
This time last year I was going into an inpatient unit to begin a recovery programme. I was weak, had little energy and just walking up the stairs gave me palpitations and left me breathless. Last weekend I ran my first half marathon. Needless to say I am extremely proud at how far I have … Continue reading I Only Went And Did It!
Having an eating disorder leads you into a different world, dark, self-absorbed and narrow. I found that I lost focus of the real world and didn't (or couldn't) see what was around me whether it be people, places, or family. My eating disorder became apparent while I was at university. It was there before but … Continue reading My Road to Recovery
If you had to write a letter to 'your younger self' what would you say? I was asked this question and it really got me thinking. This is such a valuable thing to do. My letter to my younger self: Hey there little one, You probably don't recognise me now. You won't recognise me for … Continue reading A Letter To My Younger self
A couple of years ago I was offered inpatient treatment. It was strongly advised that I admit myself into an eating disorder unit and when I refused I was almost sectioned. I don't quite know how I avoided it. The papers were as good as signed but I talked the talk and escaped that route. … Continue reading Taking A Chance