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25 April 2018

My ongoing fight with an eating disorder

Eating disorders grow in the dark. Sharing my story might help or maybe inspire someone else to keep fighting. It may even help me to get closer to that finish line where I am fully in control.

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16 April 2018

It’s Not About Weight

My anorexia started when I was just 11 years old. However, I wasn’t officially diagnosed until 10 years later. That is a decade of illness before I started treatment, by which time my ED was well and truly ingrained.

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9 April 2018

Destruction or reconstruction?

I know how daunting it is to think of the recovery journey ahead. I know how easy it is to be deceived into thinking that it’s simpler to let your eating disorder control you and destroy you.

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30 March 2018

Light at the end of the tunnel

I used to believe that there was nothing wrong with me, that I was meant to be like this. That I was my eating disorder.

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28 March 2018

Returning to uni: the good, the bad, and the scary

Finally, for the first time in a long time, my day was not completely structured around when/what I would eat, and my mind was not completely consumed by thoughts of food and my eating disorder.

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21 March 2018

"You will get to your happy place!"

I never felt beautiful; I was always a little chubby. I have a tricky family life and a physical disadvantage, so I believed I couldn’t do anything. I was sure I was a disappointment and a load on the people around me.

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16 March 2018

The Aftermath of Recovery: What the Doctors Didn’t Tell You

I have talked a lot about my struggle with anorexia in the past; however, what I have failed to comment on is what happens after recovery.

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9 March 2018

Overcoming Anorexia and Bulimia; You're Stronger Than You Know

I started suffering from eating disorders when I was just 11 years old. It was a way to deal with the stress that I was facing concerning my parents’ abusive behaviours and divorce, as well as the bullying I was experiencing at school.

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7 March 2018

Always have hope

It’s been a rocky road but it’s been worth it, and I’ve met some amazing people along the way, including my best friend, whom my life would be so incomplete without.

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5 March 2018

Running a mile (or two) from Anorexia

As I approached 47 years of age I had expected my life to be entering the ‘relaxed’ phase. Not quite pipe and slippers, but I had in my sights sipping tea and eating cucumber sandwiches lying amongst the freshly cut grass of a farmer’s field.

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4 March 2018

Why You Are Already 'Sick Enough'

When I first started showing symptoms of anorexia and collapsed at school, the head of pastoral support asked if I had been eating enough. I was in the early stages of anorexia and everything in me wanted to say “No, please help me, I don’t think I’m in control anymore. It started as a diet.”

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3 March 2018

I’m so proud of the things I’ve gained…but I could’ve gained them sooner

There are so many things I have gained since deciding to seek help for my eating disorder. While I’m not 100% of the way there, and still have some weight to gain, there have already been so many improvements.

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