Sharing the tools, the steps, and the journey of recovery can be a moving and inspirational expression of support. Sharing not only supports others, but it helps to recognize the strength in yourself and to claim it publicly. For many people, the struggles of living with BED began before the diagnosis was ever made; while the fear and doubt and shame dictated the relationship between body and self. For others, the diagnosis was the first struggle, realizing there was something to challenge yet understanding how difficult that challenge often is.
The following stories are filled with tears and triumph; heartbreak and humor. They come from all types of people with diverse backgrounds and means of surviving.
Through these stories, please enjoy getting to better know the members of your BEDA Community, and possibly finding new ways or new paths to do your work along the way.
If you would like to contribute your story, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chevese: Her Personal Story
It is easy for me to acknowledge I have binge eating disorder (BED) at this point in my life. After years of silent shame, I now understand the purpose the disorder served. With this knowledge, I am able to be a whole person and map my future without living under the shadow of a never-ending preoccupation with food anymore.
It wasn’t always this way. <more…>
Lizabeth: Her Personal Story
My eating disorder followed me through many phases, many sizes, and many shame filled years. In hindsight I know that I’ve been either battling or hiding behind my disorder for decades, but because my behaviors included a love of food and eating, I had no idea that I had an ED. I had no idea, until it hit me like a freight train.
I’ll never forget the day I understood that I had something treatable… <more>