As I read what I've written this week, I feel like I need to leave this on a hopeful note. I'm going to share with you 2 quotes, both written by women who are recovery:
Carrie Arnold who writes ED Bites:
I mean, I would be very very stupid to forget that I had an eating disorder. When I was first diagnosed (before it turned into the 8 year drama that it has), my mom would say that she hoped I could "put this all behind me" one day. Forget about it. Move on. Except to forget that my brain chemistry changes when I don't eat properly would set me up for a relapse.
Working through lunch isn't good for anyone; for me, it's playing with fire. And I will get burned.
But that doesn't mean I'm going to be anorexic forever. It doesn't mean that I have to obsess about food and weight and exercise every day. It just means I have to be mindful.
Shelly Guillory via Mama Vision:
Slowly, it is staring to get a little easier and I am grateful I didn’t give up. I am now trying to find a job. The nursing field is stressful and because I am now just starting to take care of myself I don’t feel I am ready to take care of people in that environment just yet. Plus, I might go back to school because I am healthy to do so. I guess I feel like I CAN really do anything I want to do. I hate to admit when I am wrong, but I guess everyone was right…again!
To those of you who are fighting don’t give up no matter how hard it gets…you have already made the commitment to at least start to fight. For those of you contemplating recovery my hope is that you try before it is too late.
I think it's tremendously brave of them to share so much of themselves, and I am so grateful for these words today.