Have hope, chase joy, embrace life – recovery is possible.

“Recovery is possible.”

I had heard that sentence so many times. But what did it mean?
What was recovery? What did it look like? What did it feel like? How do i get there?
These were all questions i asked myself during the early stages of my recovery.

At first i thought recovery meant stabilising my weight. Then i tried to define my recovery by my ability to follow a meal plan that met my nutritional needs. Yet, even after achieving these things, i still felt lost & confused – i still didn’t feel recovered. And the truth is, 3 years down the track, i still don’t. Recovery is an ongoing process, & there is so much more to it than following a meal plan & stabilising your weight.

I think what made things so confusing for me during that time, was not having any answers to those questions – not knowing what recovery really looked like or how to get there. There were so many stories about what it was like to be sick, so many stories of what it was like to struggle, but i didn’t need to read them – i knew those stories already. I was living them. What i really wanted, was to hear stories of recovery – i wanted answers, i wanted guidance, & i wanted proof; “Recovery is possible.”

It’s hard to have hope, when you can’t see much to hope for. It’s hard to believe that things can change, when the only stories you hear are just echoes of the same familiar struggle.

But i am here to tell you a different story. I am here to tell you that you CAN, absolutely recover. I am here to tell you that recovery is hard, & incredibly exhausting sometimes, but that it also filled with such incredible growth & awareness, fun, laughter, & immeasurable beauty.

“Recovery is possible.” This is one of my deepest, most heart-felt beliefs. And i believe that it is possible for every single person out there – for anyone who is struggling with an eating disorder, for anyone caught up in diet cycle, for anyone experiencing a negative body image, for men, women, & children. I believe that recovery is possible for you.

If you are still navigating your path to recovery, you don’t have to do it alone. If you haven’t already, i really encourage you to connect with A Voice In Recovery, where you can surround yourself with the support of others as they share their own stories of a life in recovery. And remember – you too have a story to tell. Don’t ever be afraid to speak your truth πŸ™‚

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Comments on: "Hope & The Importance Of Recovery Stories" (4)

  1. You are so right – recovery IS possible. I am currently writing a book on eating disorder recovery stories and the process is leaving me both humbled and inspired. I want it to be a read that someone who is really wavering with the notion of not knowing whether recovery is possible or not – to be able to pick up, read, and know that it IS from so many people with so many varying experiences.

    It is hard to tell stories of recovery without the stories of illness too but I believe it can be done in a way that minimises the chances of triggering someone or making them despair that there is no hope.

    Thanks for sharing to share so much of yourself to others.

  2. When I was in IOP they had an assignment to “write a day in the life of recovery,” the point being to go through what a normal day would look like in recovery. While I had trouble myself with this concept, I can see how it can be helpful. I chose, instead, to write about my bigger picture of recovery (I posted it on OD a while ago, too). It was a good practice, a good assignment because it gave me some sort of goal towards which to aim and I think it really helped me to see where I still needed work and where I was making progress.

    • I think it is really important to be able to envisage what recovery might look like (& it will look somewhat different for everyone), because as you said, it gives you something to work towards. My dietitian asked me many times what recovery looked like to me, & at first i really had no idea! It was such a struggle to imagine what a life in recovery could be like, because i hadn’t heard many stories from people who had found it. I didn’t know if my expectations were too high, or too low – i had no idea what was possible. And that not knowing made it really hard for me to move forward, because i had no idea where i was going – no sense of direction. I think once you develop some sort of picture though, you can then begin to move forward with curiosity (for me, a very cautious curiosity!), & the details will fill themselves in over time πŸ™‚

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