Location: Connecticut, USA
I work as a reading specialist with grades 4-8, providing intervention to students who need remedial reading assistance. I am also an artist at the Claypen, a paint your own pottery studio. I love to read, paint, write, spend time with family and friends, and raise awareness surrounding anxiety disorder and eating disorders. I also am a blogger for ‘Where I Stand’.
How has Beating Eating Disorders helped you?
Inspirational quotes, featured articles and blogs have helped me feel less alone and increase my motivation to continue on my journey.
Where are you in your recovery journey?
Seeing an outpatient team that is helping me through IFS and EMDR therapy.
What are your future recovery orientated goals?
To live the life I deserve. To minimize the self-loathing voice that lurks in my mind and realize that I am enough, I don’t need to be perfect, and that I deserve recovery.
What is the most helpful thing someone has said to you? What has been the most harmful?
Most helpful…recovery is a process; have compassion for yourself and show yourself the love you show others
Harmful…you don’t look look you are sick.
Share some of your recovery insight.
It is a constant battle to make recovery oriented decisions. Although I struggle it is important to remember how far I’ve come and to celebrate my successes no matter how small. I could not do this alone and am fortunate to be surrounded by friends, family, and a treatment team who believe in me, see my strengths and remind me that I deserve a future. They hold onto hope when I lose touch with it.
Is there anything else you would like to add that you want people to know? Any advice to give to fellow sufferers?
Believe. Have faith. Be open and ask for help. And most of all have self-compassion.