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By choosing recovery, you will give to yourself the best chance to find your real happiness.

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We need to challenge the perception that anorexia is purely about body image, or that we are ‘choosing’ not to eat.

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You have to learn how to live again and, like with any lessons, you often have to fail to learn the best way or the right way...

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In the past I’ve wanted to hide the eating disorders that are part of my history, but I want to shout from the rooftops: I'm proud of how far I had come!

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What a year 2020 has been in general for everyone – it was a year no one ever could have imagined, from panic buying, toilet roll shortages, lockdowns and restrictions. Yet for so many, including me, the battle against an eating disorder continued.

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I wanted to fundraise for Beat because I suffer from anorexia nervosa. I reached crisis last year when I was hospitalised for six months, but that should never have happened.

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To this day, my relationship with food is a complex one, but I am very much of the belief that next year will be better, and the year after that will be even better.

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When lockdown came into force – what seems like a whole lifetime ago – I struggled. Like many people who experience eating problems, I felt so threatened by the changes in routine, the limited availability of certain foods, the massive uncertainty of it all

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I want to shed some light on diet culture and what it drove me to do to myself for eight years. I will never get those eight years back, but what I do know is that I will never put myself through all the self-inflicted pain it took in order to look a certain way.

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10 June 2020

Let the Light In

In the present chaos of COVID-19, I write these words from my own personal story as a reminder to your precious self that there is light in the midst of the uncertainty, confusion and calamity.

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These two posts, written two years apart, show how Mel managed to overcome a lot of the anxiety she felt around shopping for food.

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