Monday, March 2, 2015

Concerns Sharing My Story + Starting A Monthly Support Post!


You all continue to open my eyes to how amazing people can be. So many of you have taken my survey, and overall the majority of you want me to do some more posts about eating disorders, and do a monthly anonymous support post! I think that is so awesome that you guys want to learn more and spread awareness. The consensus is that there should be more about eating disorders in blogland, so let's do that guys! So today I want to share with you how you can submit stories, thoughts, etc. to the monthly support post, and also my thoughts and fears about me talking about my own eating disorder (because I think it's important to share).

In general I feel like there needs to be more support for people with eating disorders. I go to college, and you would think there would be something on campus in terms of support, but there is nothing. Even the counseling center turns people with eating disorders away! There are also those who have never opened up about their eating disorder, who need to talk about it, but want to stay anonymous. That is why I'm going to do the monthly post! I'm thinking of it like a support group. You can submit your story, struggles, victories, thoughts, or questions in regards to eating disorders here ANONYMOUSLY, or send me an email. It's completely up to you! For those of you who send me an email, I will not share your name unless you ask me to (maybe those of you who also discuss eating disorders on your blog?). I will do the post on the 20th of every month, share stories, discuss questions, and talk about how to overcome whatever you all submit to me. I'm going to see if there is a way I can do anonymous comments on that post, so that people can join in the discussion!

Now that I've gone over that, I feel like I need to be open and honest with you all about my concerns. I honestly thought I would write that one post about having an eating disorder, and never talk about it again on the blog. Announcing it for anyone to read is terrifying, and also puts me in a tricky position.  As I said before, I am doing well right now, but I'm not fully recovered and probably won't be for a long time. Sometimes it's hard to stay on my healthy path (especially this time of year), and I don't want to feel like I have to pretend I'm okay so I can write a post, if I'm actually not (at the time). So besides the monthly post, there may be times when I don't post anything about eating disorders, because I don't feel like I can at the time. I hope you all can understand that. This is something so deeply personal and quite frankly scary to talk about, I need to take it one step at a time.


My other concern is over what I will and will not share. I haven't decided if I'm going to share my "classification" yet (meaning anorexic, bulimic, etc) because that is just a smidge too personal and I don't know how I feel about it. I also don't want to share too much because I'm afraid it will give ideas to people. If someone is on the brink of having an eating disorder, I don't want to be that person who tells them how, if that makes sense. I'm probably just being paranoid, but that's just how I feel!

Anyway, thanks for letting me be open with you guys, and for the continuing love and support (pictured above are some of the many nice things you all have said). It's truly incredible! Don't forget to submit whatever you would like to say here for the monthly post! Also, all of my eating disorder posts are going to be a series, and I need to come up with a name! If you have any suggestions for the series name, PLEASE leave them below!

6 comments:

  1. I completely support you on this 100%. From my own personal struggles to reading about others, I think it not only helps people feel less alone in the battle but gives them hope. It can be done but it is never easy, speaking as someone who is 18 months "clean and sobber".

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    1. Thank you Laura!! I would love love LOVE for you to share anything you are comfortable with, even that you are doing well, for the monthly support post! You can click the link above to submit anonymously, or leave your name and I can add it in!

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  2. Thank you so much for sharing,it's so helpful for people for people going through this to know someone else is going through the same thing.Thank you for sharing your story.
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    1. Thanks for the support! Feel free to contribute anonymously to the monthly support post!

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  3. I had an eating disorder for 4 years. I've been considering sharing my story on my blog but haven't done it yet. I definitely think there is a lack of help for those struggling. They're made to feel shameful. And there is WAY too much out there that tells someone how to have a disorder or even inspires them to do so.

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    1. Thanks for sharing Casey. I agree, there needs to be so much more done for people with ED's. I would love for you to share your story (anonymously via the link, or email me) and give your thoughts for the monthly support post!

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