Location: Ontario, Canada
Currently recovering aspects of myself. I have a medical background, and have found artwork a particularly therapeutic outlet. Balance brained I guess??
How has Beating Eating Disorders helped you?
It helps me stay connected to the recovery process when I’m feeling particularly isolated in my illness. I love hearing insights from others.
Where are you in your recovery journey?
It’s a constant effort, but for the first time I’m trying to utilize tools and therapies that work for ME, and not compare my recovery with others’. I wish I could expedite the process, but my goal is sustained recovery, even if that means doing things on my own timeline.
What are your future recovery orientated goals?
Medicine has always fascinated me. I would love to build on my existing experience and become a nurse practitioner and art therapist supporting those with EDs. I also really want to be a foster mom, both to humans and dogs
What is the most helpful thing someone has said to you? What has been the most harmful?
I had a GP say to me once, “But you’re human”– I don’t recall the context, only the profound relief that it was okay to feel.
The most harmful have been the suggestions that I “pray it away” or can simply change things all by myself.
Share some of your recovery insight.
Never underestimate the impact your actions can have, even while you are ill.
Furthermore, never underestimate the opportunities and possibilities you will have to impact this world in a state of improved health.
Your eating disorder is real. It is the most lethal of mental illnesses. It’s not a diet or a choice. Millions of people didn’t decide to have this affliction! Just because there’s a lack of research, doesn’t mean it isn’t a real illness. As with any illness, when you are aware of it, make the best choices you can.
Choose, choose, fail, and choose recovery again.