Location: Gold Coast, Australia
Registered Nurse in ED in the busiest hospital in Australia. Love beaches and rainforests, sleep, NRL and cats. I think I was suppose to be a pirate in another life and was massively disappointed to learn dragons never existed.
How has Beating Eating Disorders helped you?
You’ll be having a crappy day, you know the ones where you are subconsciously planning your relapse, and you are aimlessly scrolling through Facebook, looking but not watching. Then a “Beating Eating Disorders” post will appear, and it might only be a 4-word “meme” or poster but I am soon reunited with my fight for complete recovery.
Where are you in your recovery journey?
I am currently in partial recovery. Definitely weight restored however learning mindful meditation to deal with unhelpful thoughts. I was diagnosed with OCD as a 3 year old so rather than my ED and OCD co-existing and fluctuating like most sufferers, both my ED and OCD exist separately and run parallel.
What are your future recovery orientated goals?
Learn how to rest and respect my body.
What is the most helpful thing someone has said to you? What has been the most harmful?
The most helpful thing said to me is “you cannot help others until you help yourself.” Which really hit my core as a nurse. The most harmful have been the cliche stuff “you are what you eat…. you don’t look like you have an eating disorder….are you pregnant…. are you really going to eat all THAT…. you look so healthy now.”
Is there anything else you would like to add that you want people to know? Any advice to give to fellow sufferers?
You do you. No ones recovery or journey is the same; recovery is not linear. Don’t base your recovery on any one else’s. You find that one thing that makes you happy and you hold onto it with everything you have and you fight. For me it was graduating my nursing degree. I couldn’t have other peoples lives in my hand whilst barely being alive myself