Just a short one- another Eating Disorder Awareness Week is upon us, kids. I have so many views on this week. My gut tells me that anything that draws eyes towards the often secretive world of the sufferer is a good thing- too little is known and too often too little is done. The idea of people sitting at home, right now, trying to disguise their symptoms from the world makes me shrivel. Please, reach out. I don't often post many of my details here, but today I'm going to. The only thing I ask is that you don't talk numbers with me. No weights, no calories. Part of it is because that type of thing is incredibly triggering and not good for anybody, and the other is that I think when we focus too much on numbers we don't focus enough on the mentality. I'm here, whether you're a friend or somebody I've never spoken to, I'm here.
On twitter, I'm @RebeccaXylo.
On facebook, I'm Rebecca Condron
And my email address is firstname.lastname@example.org
My reluctance with EDAW is that sometimes it almost becomes a competition and a bit elitist. Whether or not you're diagnosed, whether or not you are at/have been at an extremely low weight, whether or not you've been on units or force fed or gone the longest with nourishment... IT. DOES. NOT. MATTER. It hurts... It hurts like hell, no matter what. Somebody will always be more ill than you, or closer to recovery. As somebody in recovery, I can tell you now- it's messy and it's personal. You're more than enough.
I'm going to do a few posts on this subject, so this is more an introduction and an urge to bring people out of the shadows. If you're not suffering but think someone you know is, you're also welcome to get in touch. If you're not ill, but are curious, even. Let's make this a week of vocalisation.