Mental health issues? Eating disorders? “Curing it,” or staying in recovery, is kind of like having acne… and to get rid of or “fix” the acne, you scrub it with a really harsh exfoliating face soap like St. Ives. You know the one – with what seems to be shards of glass in the mixture.
This is a weird analogy but stick with me. If you’ve ever been a teenager and/or have teenagers, you know what I’m talking about… especially as a teen with oily skin (*raises hand*). Continue reading So, It’s Kind of Like Having Acne
I’ll never forget the week or so I lived in a mood of depression, objection, and annoyance in my inpatient treatment program. It was about three weeks into my stay and I was questioning everything. What was uncharacteristic of me at the time was a turning point in my recovery and how I welcome and acknowledge feelings in my life today. Continue reading A Lesson of Change: Feeling Is Progress
Facing it, always facing it, that’s the way to get through. Face it. -Conrad Joseph
Before checking into eating disorder treatment at Renfrew, my family lived in a rose-colored world. We didn’t talk about uncomfortable things, or things that were hard. Obstacles, to us, were achievable, and we were taught to overcome hard things and move on. Everything is fine. No problems here. Continue reading Facing It: My New Daily Reality
Thank you all so much for your support with my first blog post, here. If you haven’t seen it, it’s a little glimpse into the 12 year anniversary of my journey to healing. Here I talk a little about the reality of eating disorders and body image issues, why you should care, and what we can begin to do about it… Continue reading The Food and Body Problem, and Why You Should Care
On this day, October 13, 12 years ago in 2006, my whole world absolutely got turned upside down, was shaken around, and I would eventually be spat out into a new life. But, that was better than the alternative. I was 18. Continue reading Second Life: 12 Years In