Location: Minnesota, USA
I am the Certified Veterinary Technician at a zoo. I have the following degrees: Master’s Environmental Health and Safety, B.S. Cell Biology/Chemistry, A.A.S. Veterinary Technology. When I’m not hanging out with exotic animals, I can be found curling (my favorite sport!), teaching yoga, or kayaking.
How has Beating Eating Disorders helped you?
It has helped to keep me inspired in my journey through recovery and to know that I’m not alone! The positive posts throughout the day always brighten up my mood!
Where are you in your recovery journey?
I have been in recovery for over three years now and am loving it. Being in recovery has now given me a life worth living.
What are your future recovery orientated goals?
A recovery friend and I started the first chapter of Eating Disorders Anonymous in our town and we hope to expand our meetings!
What is the most helpful thing someone has said to you? What has been the most harmful?
The most helpful thing came from my psychologist when I was going to be admitted to residential treatment – he told me to “submit to treatment.” Now my eating disorder immediately twisted that into “What?! You want me to SUCCUMB to treatment?!” He quickly corrected me and explained that I knew my eating disorder better than anyone else, but I didn’t know much about recovery at all. If I wanted to recover I would need to trust my treatment team and follow their advice – that is submitting. The worst thing said came from my physician, of all people, who looked at my bloodwork and told me to “Just go and eat something.” True story!
Share some of your recovery insight.
Talk about it, talk about it, and talk even more about it. Vulnerability can be terrifying, but staying hidden in the darkness behind an eating disorder is way more painful and detrimental – it is no way to live!
Is there anything else you would like to add that you want people to know? Any advice to give to fellow sufferers?
It is okay to like yourself, or love yourself for that matter – you are worth it! Remind yourself that there is NO SUCH THING AS PERFECT – it is just an arbitrary level set by your eating disorder that is never-ending, never good enough, and will only give your eating disorder more power over you!