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Type(s) of eating disorder:
Not sure how to describe, varies from ana to binging... i try to avoid any ana tendensis now since im still nursing (im worried how it will be when im not nursing since i think i will just start to avoid food again)
Length (how long you have struggled with your ED): Not sure to be very honest, I think it came slowely but its been a while now
Are you in Recovery?: Yep, I want to have a nice and normal life regards to my health, weight and eating.
How long in recovery (we all know its a lifetime struggle): 1 ish year
Tools you have used in your recovery: support site online with some ladies on another site
Anything else you'd like to share with us?
I really can't promise i will keep posting, I honestly don't feel like I belong seeing everything some of the other ladies in here goes thought, hard to explain why
Anniken - 20 years - Mama to 4 year old -student - Norway
Length (how long you have struggled with your ED): I struggled a little over 13 years with it - 4 years recover... now not in recovery so it's been a 17 year process
Are you in Recovery?: i was for 4 years until about august
How long in recovery (we all know its a lifetime struggle): i was in recovery for a little over 4 years
Tools you have used in your recovery: Honesty, with myself and my family, making boundaries for myself, my family and my friends, surrounding myself with healthy people and healthy habits. Keeping myself in check. When I am starting to struggle - admitting it and getting my b*tt back in gear. Positive affirmations - cheesy but they did help. My Son was a huge huge proponent for my recovery.
Anything else you'd like to share with us? I'm here to keep myself in check and to support you ladies as well - no matter where you are in your journey!
Last edited by alethia; November 29th, 2011 at 09:37 AM.
I have bulimia
I have struggled with eating my whole life. As a child I was overweight, and all through jr high, high school, and my first years of university I would skip meals and eat/binge in secret ( which I now realize was ed behavior). after leaving school my eating slowly progressed to restricting and I got more and more restrictive and eventually my body took over and I was bingeing which lead to purging, then that progressed and eventually I was purging everything I ate.
I am currently in a recovery program, this is my 17th week
I am in full time treatment 3 days a week, which consists of supervised group meals, a nutrition group, skills groups, and group psychotherapy.
We make weekly goals around eating and other behaviours, practice preparing meals, and our skill groups are on assertiveness, body image, and mindfulness
About your ED - I started starving myself at 15 but then I would have to eat in front of people so I used laxatives to get rid of what I ate and eventually started bingeing and purging after days of not eating
Type(s) of eating disorder: anorexia with some bullemic tendencies
Length (how long you have struggled with your ED): 10 years
Are you in Recovery?: Yes and no, it creeps up sometimes I can control it sometimes I can't. My family knows and are very supportive which helps.
How long in recovery (we all know its a lifetime struggle): It has been a year since it got bad again although I still have my days
Tools you have used in your recovery: mostly just the support of family and friends. My doctor threatened to hospitalize me when I was 17 and I just stopped going to see her.
Hi. I am new to the boards but would love to be active in this group. I think it is very important and wonderful.
My name is Ashlee
I live in Maryland *USA*
I am 25 years old
I have an awesome 9-month-old baby boy (Liam)
About my eating disorder:
Type: Anorexia nervosa
Length of time dealing: I just realized it has been 10 years since I was diagnosed!
Am I in recovery: Yes, thankfully
Length of time in recovery: I just hit five years in June
Tools I used in my recovery: Therapy was a biggie (I have had the same therapist for all five of the years I have been in recovery). I was in treatment for quite some time, so I got TONS of skills that when I finally applied them...they worked!! I also moved from my home of origin and struck out on my own, it made a huge difference. Another big thing for me was gaining a bunch of weight because I had to be on meds that made me gain for a liver issue (wonder where that came from!?). I can't explain why it was so freeing, but in my illness I was so controlled and that took the control away and when I stopped the steroids and I was so much heavier...I was the same person. And that was a really wonderful awareness. I gradually balanced to a more normal weight...but it was a really interesting turn of events. Can't say you can really "use" that, but I thought it was important for me.
Anything else? Not really, I have babbled long enough.
Length (how long you have struggled with your ED): 13 years
Are you in Recovery?: Yes
How long in recovery (we all know its a lifetime struggle): 3 years
Tools you have used in your recovery: The biggest step for me was accepting that I had a problem. I have always had a rough relationship with food. As a child I used to hoard food - I like looking at it, but not eating eating it. As I hit my teenage years, I felt alot of pressure to be the best at school, sports, everything, and my response to the pressure was to quit eating. I first accepted my problem when I was 17 and began counseling. Since then I have had several relapses. My husband has been a huge support. He encourages me to attend periodic counseling sessions and to see a nutritionist several times a year. I am worried how I will react to the stresses and changes of pregnancy though.
About your ED - I remember the day I first made myself sick like it was yesterday. I'd eaten McDonald's after a track meet and just thought to myself...hmmm I wonder if I can get rid of this. And so I did. Thus began a battle that would haunt me to this day. Even before that day I never felt "skinny enough" so I'd say it really began much sooner than that.
Type(s) of eating disorder: Anorexia/Bulimia/EDNOS
Length (how long you have struggled with your ED): 14 years
Are you in Recovery?: Yes, my best attempt so far
How long in recovery (we all know its a lifetime struggle): 1-2 years or sometime after I met my husband, he's the first person in my life (aside from family) who made me feel beautiful for ME
Tools you have used in your recovery: My husband! I've also had to remove myself from damaging relationships. I had a friend who was struggling with Ana and it was like she was a trigger, always "better" than me. I've since tried to repair the friendship but I think the damage was done. But I think you have to do what's best for you sometimes. It's sometimes difficult for women to help other women with ED's especially when they are both in the depths of it rather than in a stable recovery. Now that I am recovering I find it easier to talk to people that have dealt with the same things.
I'm glad to have found this board. I'm pretty personal about my ED so this may be a good way for me to express myself.
Length (how long you have struggled with your ED): I have had BED since before I can remember and developed bulimia around the age of 19.
Are you in Recovery?: I'm in the middle of a relapse with bulimia. =(
How long in recovery (we all know its a lifetime struggle): I have never been able to have a lengthy recovery. When I was pregnant with both of my kiddos I stopped purging but continued to binge. A few months after they were born the purging would come back.
Tools you have used in your recovery: I'm still trying to find them. It's embarrassing to have an ED. Especially if you are obese, as I am now. I like to keep it to myself but that doesn't work anymore. When I have told friends the truth I was shunned and treated like I was lying. It hurt so badly that I've just tried to ignore it. I can't anymore. I have started getting heart palpitations and my teeth are eroding from all the stomach acid. It's a miserable existence and I feel powerless to stop it.
Big thanks to *Kiliki* for my GORGEOUS siggy! [/URL]
Type(s) of eating disorder: I guess its anorexia-I used to eat and then avoid to make up for it...now it seems that I just don't eat much or not enough I guess.
Length (how long you have struggled with your ED): Since I was 12 I think
Are you in Recovery?: Not really-I am relapsing at the moment
How long in recovery (we all know its a lifetime struggle): I had been doing well for a while-kinda relapsing every now and then but nothing too serious until recently
Tools you have used in your recovery: Support from my Husband and trying to focus on my kids and being healthy during pg and nursing.
Anything else you'd like to share with us? I don't know...for a long time I thought I didn't really h ave an official disorder. I felt like I had control over my weight and eating...but now I don't know. I am way smaller than I want to be but at the same time I am not happy with how I look. I really am having a hard time-harder than since I was a junior in HS. That was my lowest point I think. I actually ended up fainting in class and the school councilor had to talk to my mom about it.