Recovery is a Bumpy Road, But Worth the Hike
Hope After Being Diagnosed With an Eating Disorder
I know I am not the only one who can relate to not feeling confident in their own skin. This lack of confidence took a toll on my health after I was diagnosed with an eating disorder. My identity was in my eating disorder and I did not think there was any other way to live. It took a serious hospitalization to realize how deadly this disease is. I was lucky and fortunate enough to receive treatment.
During my recovery, I found hope in roles models and peers who understood the struggle. When I understood that I was not alone, that others could relate, I felt such a sense of hope. To everyone struggling, use your supports in your life, be honest, and don’t give up.
When I understood that I was not alone, that others could relate, I felt such a sense of hope.
After treatment, I found my passion teaching special education students. Teaching is a strength that I joined in with my recovery. During my freshman year of college, I helped start a club, “BODYpeace.” We would meet and discuss important aspects of body image, self-esteem, and self worth. Bringing teaching and recovery together helped join my life in a full circle.
Being honest, using family and friends, and keeping your goals up front, will help skyrocket recovery. It will be a bumpy and rocky road, but way worth the hike.
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