Life without Anorexia
My motto is 'Dont let the sadness of your past & the fear of your future ruin the happiness of your present'
My life at the moment is completely different to how it once was. I spent 5 years sick with anorexia nervosia and depression as well as struggling with self harm and overexercising. I spent 2 years in different treatment centres.
And since 2012 i have been declared healthy from my eating disorder.
I have been blogging for 7 years, and my whole journey is written in my posts. I now represent healthy and happiness. I want to show anyone struggling that it is possible to recover, no matter how hard it may seem.
I now blog about recovery, my life, veganism and positivity!
If you have any questions leave them in the comment section as i am much quicker at answering there, otherwise you can always send an email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunday, April 26, 2015
Readers story - beginning and choosing recovery
My name is Karly and I am a 20 year old Australian girl currently recovering from Anorexia. People have always told me that no one can make someone suffering from Anorexia recover, except for the sufferer themselves and I completely agree with this. I believe that for someone with anorexia to recover, they need to be ready and decide that recovery is what they truly want, more than anything else in the world. I can say that I think this is true as it is exactely what happened to me.
A year and a half ago I decided that I didn't want to be sick anymore but I wasn't completely dedicated to my recovery. I increased my intake a lot so stoppped losing weight but still was not eating anywhere near enough. While I gained a little weight, this soon stopped as my metabolism sped back up so I was still significantly underweight. I was too frightened to gain anymore weight so didn't increase my intake any further. I wasn't happy as my life still revolved around my anorexic thoughts and behaviors but changing felt too hard.
Anorexia has managed to steal away the last 3 years of my life but I refuse to let it take anything else from me. I can honestly say that for the first time, I really do want to gain weight and I really do want to recover. I think quite a few things have contributed to this breakthrough in my thinking, the main thing being my blogging. Writing my own blog has given me a chance to express what I have had to bottle up inside for many years and in a way, I feel as though it is allowing me to 'let go' of my anorexia.
Reading other peoples blogs about recovery has also helped me enormously as they have proven to me that recovery is possible and definitely worth the fight. I feel as though this little support network I am a part of is so amazing and I really apppreciate the fact that I always have someone willing and able to offer fantastic support and advice when I need it. That is the main reason I wanted to write a guest post on Izzy's blog, so I could hopefully reach out to more people who are going through or who have gone through similar experiences to me. I want to be able to help other people through their recovery journeys just as I am being helped through my own.
I know that it's not going to be easy, especially once I start getting closer to my goal weight as I will most likely start feeling uncomfortable with my body but I am determined to keep fighting and never give up. I deserve to be free of Anorexia and enjoy my life. Up until now I have not felt strong enough to recover but now I do. My blog has given me the extra motivation that I needed to make my recovery happen. I now feel as though I owe it to the wonderful people I have met through my blog, as well as my family and myself to make a full recovery.
Karly enjoying chocolate with her sister.
You can read more about Karlys journey towards healthy and help support her by checking out her blog - leaving a comment or some words of support:
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