When I was at my worst in anorexia, I had a co-worker tell me to “go eat a hamburger”. I laughed off the insensitive and ignorant comment when it was said, but I went back to my classroom and I cried. My first thoughts were, “I wish it were that simple.”
Not everyone suffers from an eating disorder, but many have experienced disordered eating habits from time to time.
I have always been told, what you put out there is what you get back. In recovering from any disease or addiction, this phrase could not be more appropriate. Yes, recovery is hard, but you decide your future with what you put into your present.
If I wanted my life to change, I had to put the effort into getting better in the present so I could live the life I wanted in the future.
Never underestimate what a person is going through to fight the demons of an eating disorder. When they are in the ED trenches, it is a battle like no other. Emotions are not logical, nor are they rational. A person with an eating disorder is fighting the battle of getting to live the life that every human being deserves; a life with laughter, joy, pain, happiness, love, hope, and self-acceptance.
The struggle is real, so let us not diminish the work that it takes to recover. Oh, but Warrior, it is so worth it in the end. I promise. / art by @paperfashion 😍