On November 15th, 2017 I was on TV for the first time! As part of 9News’ Addiction Week series I was interviewed as a survivor of Anorexia Nervosa. I shared my story of struggling with and recovering from an eating disorder in conjunction with an interview with Dr. Jennifer Gaudiani (MD CEDS, FAED) who spoke from the perspective of a medical professional in the field.
You can see the interview here. Please share!
I am extremely proud to be an advocate for recovery in such a powerful way. I have an intimate understanding of eating disorders. However, many people barely know what an eating disorder is, much less how to recognize an eating disorder in a loved one, have an awareness of the factors that can contribute to the development of an eating disorder, or what signs could mean that they are struggling with an eating disorder. My hope with sharing my story is that more people will know a little bit more about these terrible illnesses and that those who are struggling will know that recovery is possible.
I am also excited to share my story because these illnesses feed on isolation. By sharing my story I am breaking the silence around struggling with an eating disorder. I believe that moving out of the darkness facilitates healing…not only for the individual struggling or in recovery but also for the stigma surrounding mental health in our culture. I hope that by sharing my story others will be inspired to move into the light so that we may stand together, united and strong.
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Also, please feel free to contact me with questions, concerns, stories, or need for support!