Location: Marion, IN
Senior at IWU, loves wearing baseball caps, coffee drinker.
How Has Beating Eating Disorders Helped you?
It’s a very honest platform, doesn’t try to make recovery something that is bright and cheery all the time.
Where are you in your recovery journey?
I’ve been struggling with anorexia for 5 years now, have seen a therapist for the entirety of this time, have been to residential treatment twice. I think that people have the tools and the ability to reach out for what they need. Everyone’s journey in life is different. Everyone’s story is different. This shit takes time. SO much time. But I’ve never regretted choosing to strive for better mental health.
What are your future recovery oriented goals?
I want to get to a place where food can be joyful and exciting. I want to get to a place where it’s just a natural part of my life, but not my entire life.
What is the most helpful thing someone has said to you? What has been the most harmful?
The most helpful thing that someone said to me was “You can do hard things.” She constantly reminded me of this every day in treatment. The most harmful was “You look like you’re healthy do you have an eating disorder?
Is there anything else you would like to add that you want people to know?
Be an active participant in your own story. You are capable of making powerful and impactful decisions. On any given day, you are always enough. Someone out there needs you.