February 26th to March 4th marks National Eating Disorder Awareness Week for the 2018 year. Every year I take it upon myself to post something to social media signifying my own experience with an eating disorder in hopes of potentially helping others who may be suffering in silence.
By choosing to be transparent in regard to my own experience with an eating disorder, I have had several individuals approach me asking me about my affiliation with the illness. It saddens me to learn that people I have known for years have also been suffering from this disease, but at the same time, it comforts me to know that sharing my own perceptions of an eating disorder with them could aid in helping them to seek recovery as I did.
Each time someone reaches out to me about my own experiences, they express their gratitude for my choosing to be vulnerable and make my experiences public. I never anticipated helping anyone when I decided to share my story, but now that I realize that I have helped people, I am so grateful. I can’t really explain it, but when people inform me that my transparency has helped them in even the slightest manner, I feel like I have done my duty in advocating for victims of eating disorders. I often tell people that I wish I had someone to converse with while I was will who also had endured an eating disorder, so perhaps I am able to be that person for someone else who is currently suffering.
Eating disorders are absolute hell, so if my own experiences can help someone to even consider recovery, I have done what I am aiming to do. If you or someone you know is suffering from an eating disorder or has experienced one in the past, please do not hesitate to reach out to me. I would be happy to chat.
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