Name: Krystle R.
Location: BC Canada
I am a mom. A survivor for 10 yrs of bulimia and anorexia. It is still a constant battle. Maybe not everyday but when I least expect it, it raises its ugly head. I am recovering alcoholic (basically self medicated) I work part time in customer service and am going to college in Sept for Human Service Worker. I am on the parent advisory board for Confident Parents Thriving Kids (a funded program for parents with kids that have behavioural issues) and I just found out 2 months ago that I was sexually abused when I was 2. My whole life I thought I was crazy. Why do I hate myself so much to self harm? My brain finally broke just a little over a yr ago and had a nervous break down. Thus my journey to healing began for real this time. Now I want to focus my upcoming training and career on eating disorders
How has Beating Eating Disorders helped you?
Its reminds me Im not alone and gives me small positive reinforcements throughout out my day
Where are you in your recovery journey?
My body is not perfect and it never will be but thats ok. Im healthy, my kids are healthy. Im a survivor of this. I will not be a victim.
What are your future recovery orientated goals?
Just stay focused on positive body thoughts. Take one day at a time. Always full with food. It makes me work better as a person as a mom as a wife as a friend
What is the most helpful thing someone has said to you? What has been the most harmful?
Most helpful – Im worried about you. Please get help
Most harmful – I dont know what your problem is…I dont have time to deal with you right now.
Is there anything else you would like to add that you want people to know? Any advice to give to fellow sufferers?
Not everyone, even doctors, are going to understand whats happening in your brain when these thoughts over power you and you just cant fight them anymore. It is not you being selfish (what I was told which made it worse) it is something happening that needs support and love and trust. I know stresses of life makes it ten times worse but know that you are not worthless. You deserve to feel healthy. I know the feeling of your body taking over and you feel like you are out of control. But with love and support, you can beat this!