Making an Impact

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Making an Impact

Today I was reminded the value in simple words. I was reminded why I started this boutique and foundation and why it is so important for us all to continue to know, speak, and own our truth. You never know how sharing your truth can help someone else. We all have stories to share and life experiences that have made us who we are...today I was reminded why I share. 

A lovely woman came into the boutique today. She said to me how thankful she was that I was so open about eating disorders and OCD on social media. How in sharing, her daughter no longer felt alone. That is what it's all about. Sharing our truth to help others know their pain is understood. 

Feeling alone was the most painful part of OCD. I honestly thought I was crazy and back in the 90's, the doctors didn't seem to understand it at all. And then the anorexia started. For me, it was just another expression of the OCD. Something tangible to obsess over and a very clear compulsion that went along with it. Being medicated has been the MOST helpful thing for me with the OCD. After Everett was born, it became bad again and I had to go back on my meds. At first there was a lot of shame around that. I am a mom now and apparently somehow that meant I shouldn't "need" to take them. Well...yeah, that's just dumb. OCD is a simple mis-firing in the brain. Eating disorders are highly linked to OCD and other anxiety disorders. There is a huge brain component to them. Yes, the societal pressure to be thin has a negative impact on us all, but not the same as an eating disorder. Eating disorders are a mental illness. They are highly heritable and based in the brain. I may not agree with a clinic I went to when I was younger overall, but a thing they always said that is so incredibly true is "children do not chose to have eating disorders and parents do not cause them" I applaud that clinic for recognizing that and taking down the shame associated with a diagnosis. 

I know this is long and thank you for reading. I truly hope you all know that you have the power to make a difference. Find a way to share your story and hope with others. Whether that is writing, art, volunteering, however you best can express yourself. I cannot tell you how much that meant to me today to hear that this gals daughter no longer feels alone. We're not alone. We are a strong community full of beautiful, courageous hopeful women  

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