Name: Ashley C
Location: Idaho, USA
I’m a senior studying social work about to graduate in April! I recently got accepted into a masters program to continue my education and become a counselor. My hobbies include blogging, going to the park with my puppy, and binge watching TV with my husband.
How has Beating Eating Disorders helped you?
I’ve loved seeing how social media can benefit those with eating disorders. Beating Eating Disorders is always careful to promote only positive, uplifting material to encourage eating disorders in a truthful manner.
Where are you in your recovery journey?
I’m three years recovered! After many years, I do not even consider myself in recovery because I am fully recovered from an eating disorder. My biggest insight is that this isn’t something you will have for the rest of your life. Recovery is possible!
What are your future recovery orientated goals?
My recover oriented goals include helping others recover. Because my recovery has been hard but achievable, continuing onto grad school and eventually specializing in eating disorders will help me change the mindset of girls and boys to realize that recovery is possible for everyone.
What is the most helpful thing someone has said to you? What has been the most harmful?
The most helpful thing someone has said to me is that they will be there for me. Thankfully, even after years of trying to help me recover, my husband, then boyfriend, was there with me through it all. Knowing someone is there for you through the good and the bad times is magical. The most harmful thing that has ever been said to me is that I do not even have a problem. If more people were aware of the signs and symptoms of eating disorders, people would not need to see extreme weight loss to believe that someone they know could have an eating disorder.
Is there anything else you would like to add that you want people to know? Any advice to give to fellow sufferers?
Your struggle is real, and you are not alone. Never believe that you cannot get past this because you can. It’s not easy, but it is possible. Fight the thoughts, go to therapy, go to a nutritionist, and be honest. With time, recovery is possible.