I’ve made mention of my experience with an eating disorder here on my blog before, and today, we are going to sort of revisit the topic. Rather than discussing the details of my disordered eating, I wanted to share with you something that happened a few days ago that truly demonstrates how much it pays to communicate.
I’ve always been pretty open about my eating disorder and am more than willing to talk to individuals going through a similar experience. I’ve found that conversing about my own specific eating disorder has been a cathartic process for me, and as it turns out, it’s been helpful for others, too.
A family friend reached out to me a few nights ago wanting to get in touch with me pertaining to my knowledge about disordered eating. This individual knows someone who is exhibiting signs of what may be an eating disorder, and because this person is aware of my own struggles with one, they asked me to contact this person of concern and try to connect with them and encourage them to open up to me about what they are going through.
This isn’t the first time someone has reached out to connect with me about eating disorders, likely because I have always been so willing to chat with people about what they entail. I realize not everyone feels comfortable sharing such sensitive and personal details with others, and that is perfectly okay. I have no hesitancy when it comes to conversing about disordered eating, and since I am passionate about the subject, I am more than happy to educate, advocate, and connect with anyone who would like to learn more about them.
By no means am I an expert on the topic, but I do know a thing or two since going through it myself. It is so rewarding to know I am able to help others enduring the same condition I once did to any extent, and I believe this scenario to be a great example of how much can be gained via open conversation.