I took 6 years of Spanish and 4 years of French in high school and college, and I don’t have much to show for it. I can count to 10, Uno, Does, Tres in Espanoal, and say hello in French. I worked hard during those years to conquer my eating disorder, and am proud to say I have been in recovery for 10 years.
As I began my work as a therapist and met other people working on their eating disorders I realized one of my gifts. French and Spanish may not have come naturally to me, but I could speak ED a.k.a an Eating Disorder, fluently. I can not tell you how many parents, teachers, clinicians, doctors, and loved ones have asked me to help them understand ED to better understand this terrible illness and help their loved one.
This is what inspired me to start this blog. This language is terrible, but it is also what connects us survivors and makes us feel so close, because there is something so comforting when someone else says they hear this voice too. This is not like hearing voices that are not their or real, it is a voice that you believe is your own. Recovery, I think is finding your voice, your inner wisdom, and listening to that, rather than the distorted voice, that is our ego. Early in recovery this voice speaks to you 100 to 200 times a day sometimes more. Subscribe to my monthly newsletter, and I will share with you Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) skills to reduce those thoughts and helped your loved one when you don’t know what to say.
Loved ones I am happy to be your translator. Fellow survivors and friends part of the #bodypositive movement lets #talkbacktoED together. I invite you to be a part of this community where we can talk or rather write to each other and come up with things to say back in all kinds of triggering situations.