Location: NY, USA
Work in food service for my local school district. Married to my best friend for 14 years, 2 beautiful children, 9 and 13. I really enjoy music, singing,(in my head I’m a pop star lol), reading and hanging out with my family.
How has Beating Eating Disorders helped you?
Every morning, I strive to start my day off in a positive way, and your Facebook posts provide daily inspiration. Whether it be someones success story, different coping strategies or just something brutally honest that really hits home that day.
Where are you in your recovery journey?
I have suffered with bulimia, restrictive anorexia, and purging disorder for over 20 years. It wasn’t until 4 years ago that I came clean to my husband, family and friends. Because of where I live, my recovery resources are very limited. No outpatient clinics or group therapy so I began seeing a therapist, a nutritionist and psychiatrist. All have helped in their own way, and honestly, I have relapsed quite a bit in the last few years. But when I do fall, I remember why I started my journey and that keeps me going.
What are your future recovery orientated goals?
I want to know what real recovery truly feels like. I know I’m not there yet, and I know I have a lot of work to do in order to get that place.
What is the most helpful thing someone has said to you? What has been the most harmful?
The most helpful things are when people say, ” you’re not alone in this, you are stronger than this disease, and the most important…”I believe in you.” The most harmful? Probably having a therapist tell me that if I didn’t like the way my thighs looked, I could always get liposuction. Needless to say, she’s no longer in the picture!
Is there anything else you would like to add that you want people to know? Any advice to give to fellow sufferers?
Since I’m still in recovery and from experience, talk about it. Don’t keep secrets. The guilt of that is unbearable. The best thing I ever did was call my husband at work and tell him. Find someone in your life who you can be accountable to. A good support system makes all the difference.