Name: Sam T.
Location: Alberta, Canada
University of Calgary in kinesiology with a bachelor of science. I am hoping to get into vet school! I am also a long track speed skater on the BC provincal team.
How has Beating Eating Disorders helped you?
It gives me hope when I feel lost with recovery. It has also shown me I’m not alone in the way I feel. It gives me strength and the will to keep on trying on this journey.
Where are you in your recovery journey? Share some of your recovery insight.
In May, 2016 – my coach admitted me into the hospital for the eating disorder, depression, anxiety, and self harm. I ended up in being in a day program for 12 weeks, 11hours a day, 5 days a week. It contained therapy sessions and meals. It was probably the hardest thing I had to do but today I am glad I did it as I also learnt a lot from it. Fast forward to today, I still struggle from time to time, but I try to remember why I am in recovery. I am in recovery for my sport – speed skating which I love so much! I am in recovery to gain my life back which I lost a few years ago due to my mental health. I am in recovery for me because I want to go to the winter Olympics, I want to become a Vet and help animal in need, and I want to become an advocate for mental health in the athletic world!
What are your future recovery orientated goals?
My goals for recovery.. 1. To be able to look in the mirror and day “Damn I look amazing!!”. 2. To be able to go out with friends and not fear the food in front of me. 3. To know food is okay and that I need it to live a fulfilled life. 4. To be happy again.
What is the most helpful thing someone has said to you? What has been the most harmful?
Helpful – “I know you can do it. Your so strong. You have overcome a lot…. You can do it again. Life will always give you challenges. It makes it dynamic and exciting. How fucking boring would life be with out them.”
Harmful – “I find it annoying that you always need help for me and reassurance. I feel like it wastes my time.”
Is there anything else you would like to add that you want people to know? Any advice to give to fellow sufferers?
Things get better. Reach out for help sooner rather than later. I know its tough but I promise you it is worth it to get your life back!