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iwanttolive
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Hi. I do not know if you know me as I changed my user name to iwanttolive. It used to be related to chirping. I just wanted to check in and to see how you and your daughter and family are doing. As for me, I am in my seventh month of recovery. NEVER thought that would happen. I have been through tremendous struggles with family (sister), crashing a second car in eight months, and being out of work, as I have had to deal with very low blood pressure. But I can say that throughout it all, I am doing better than I had been doing, and I haven't returned to the eating disorder or self harm. I say this to encourage you that recovery is possible. For you daughter, how is she doing?

A big part of my recovery is because of God and people's prayers. I would not be where I am today without my parent's support or God. I miss you and we haven't communicated since I changed my user name. I pray things are going well. I would love to hear from you. Enjoy this beautiful day, on the east coast anyways. Take care, iwanttolive

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iwanttolive

Hi iwanttolive,
just saw your post. I have been wondering how you have been. I am so happy to hear you are doing so well with your ED. and that your faith in God is strong. I am learning to enjoy each day, even the very hard ones.
Thank you for asking about my daughter. She is doing really well. She is a senior this year and has already decided where she is going to college next year. We both completed the DBT program, it helped us both so much. We are giving her a lot more freedom and responsibility and she likes it and is uncomfortable with it at the same time. She is going to most of her doctors appointments by herself, I want her to get use to doing it before she moves out on her own. We are letting her make a lot more decisions, it has been good for all of us.
I am doing great. I want to thank you for your support and prayers. I lost myself for about a year when she was struggling so much with ED. You helped me get through some hard times. Thank you.
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iwanttolive
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Hi!!!! It is sooooo good to hear from you. I am thankful your daughter is doing so well. It only took me thirty years and twenty-five hospitalizations to finally get to recovery. Almost eight months now. Yea, I took the long road, like the Israelites in the desert. I am indebted to my parents. I suffered two car crashes in eight months, the one should have killed me. But God's hand of mercy was on me. I am still not driving after three plus months and have to wait to undergo a program that will help identify any cognitive issues that interfere with my driving. I have handled that really well. Before that would have landed me in another hospital. I am starting to get a little antsy but my folks drive me to work and pick me up, and if I need to go shopping my mom usually takes the time to take me.

I am living in a state of surrender. It is so freeing. Also, a quote of my own, I am flying is the zone of walking in recovery.

Things aren't good with my sister but she spends 23 plus hours in her room, in bed with the curtains drawn. That causes me pain. But it is her choice and there is nothing I can do. She does not like me, nor do my other sisters and we are all going to be together for my nieces wedding. Overnight in a hotel.. That should prove interesting. But with all this stress I have not used any behaviors. Going on my third walk with NEDA next Saturday. No binging, restricting or self harm. That is a testimony to the power of God. Thank you for reading this and again, I am so happy to hear from you.
Take care, iwanttolive

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iwanttolive

Hi iwanttolive.
I am so glad to hear that you are doing so well. That even though life is hard, you are using your skills and you conquering ED. I hope you enjoyed your NEDA walk. It sounds empowering to get out and walk with others who have had some of the same struggles.
It sounds like your mom is amazing. How awesome that you have her support and her love.
Remember you are never alone.
Have a great day, take time to enjoy the moments. One of the things I have started doing is to write down kind things I see people do, and also kind things I do for each other, It helps me feel happy and hopeful.
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