So, this is it.
After 18 months, I have been officially discharged from the eating disorders service. Many of you have been following me throughout this absolute roller coaster of a journey, and I’m so very grateful for all your support during such a challenging time. So, since it’s now over, I thought I’d do a little round up of all the posts I have written and shared along the way.
A Confession From Me – the post I wrote first admitting that I had relapsed and that I was seeking treatment again.
The Paradox of Eating Disorder Services – the details about the difficulty I was having accessing treatment based on not fitting strict criteria.
The Unglamourous Side of Anorexia – all the gory details about the horrible side effects of having anorexia, many of which I had by this point started to experience.
I Am Done – a post about reaching my wits end with anorexia and talking about all the things I hate about it.
Brain Dump: Starting Treatment – my scrambled thoughts after I got the phone call telling me I had reached the top of the waiting list.
The Unicorn Syndrome – my realisation that anorexia was hurting me after a trip to the hospital.
Recovery Is A Full Time Job – a summary of my first week in day patient treatment.
I Am Stuck – a post written a few weeks into treatment when I felt like I couldn’t go on.
Two Steps Forward – a couple of weeks later things started looking up and I felt like I was making some good progress.
A Week with Me – a general reflection on my week with details about the day programme.
Checkpoint – my reflections on having made it to half way through the programme.
The Recovery Rollercoaster – the ups and downs I’ve experienced in this process so far.
Coping With An Eating Disorder During a Pandemic – my thoughts on what could be helpful once day patient closed and coronavirus struck.
Cara vs Yoghurt – talking about the challenges that continue to arise through recovery, no matter how big or small.
Pushing Past Quasi-Recovery – why we can’t stop halfway, and why full recovery needs to be the goal.
I Miss You, Anorexia – an explanation of why we sometimes don’t want to recover.
Healthy Body, Healthy Mind? – how it felt reaching my target BMI
Onwards and Upwards – being discharged from day patient services into outpatient
Grief and Recovery – how it feels to start letting your eating disorder go
Coping with Recovery Guilt – managing those guilty feelings while trying to get better
10 Recovery Wins – a list of things I have achieved since starting recovery
Goodbye Eating Disorders Service – getting discharged after my treatment comes to a close
Thank you so much to everybody who has followed me and supported me through this journey!