Anorexia: My Experience
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I've debated for a very long time whether or not to share my personal experience with eating disorders. In the interest of promoting awareness, I have decided to be more open and share my story.
My entire life I have been riddled with anxiety, and not the cute kind. I'm talking severe OCD and anxiety. So in 2012 I was no stranger to mental health issues. At age 14, I was diagnosed with Anorexia Nervosa and spent 10 weeks completing treatment for my eating disorder. After treatment, I was in a sort of quasi-recovery... not really "better", but functional. Almost 5 years later, I headed off to college in a much shakier state. Freshman year of college was fairly typical at first, but the uncertainty and doubt that I had about my identity and my body quickly overtook any chance I had at staying stable. What followed was a slow decline during the first semester of school and a rapid decline second semester and during the summer. Eventually, I was so overcome by my illness that my parents had no choice but to force me into treatment where I remained for four months in an effort to get me medically stable. When I say I was forced, I'm not joking. This illness had it's hooks in me deep and I'm only now beginning to realize just how unhealthy and sick I had become by July 2017. I will be forever grateful for my family and medical professionals for stepping in when I was at my worst and most unstable - mentally and physically.
This eating disorder has taken far too much from me. From enjoying pasta dinners for cross country in high school, to relationships, the ability to engage with my sorority, and my desired level of academic achievement in college, I've experienced and seen the toll this disorder takes. Although I'm not "pro-recovery" many days, I've made a lot of progress in recognizing the life-sucker that this disease is, and I certainly don't desire to be a slave to Anorexia any longer. I cannot begin to describe the incredible pain and sufferring I have seen caused by eating disorders. The women I have met in treatment are some of the most beautiful, strong, and loving women I have ever met. Nobody should have to suffer from an eating disorder, and too many men and women are unable to receive the treatment they deserve. I wish nothing more than to see powerful, effective treatments become available to all who suffer from eating disorders.
If you donate to this organization and this event in Tulsa, I can guarantee that you are supporting a noble cause. The advocacy and awareness that the National Eating Disorders Association provides is essential in making sure that those who suffer from eating disorders are supported. With your help, hopefully, one day we will see the demise of this illness. Thank you for listening to my story and thank you for supporting the NEDA Tulsa Walk.
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