Let me say this one more time, that in my own direct, personal experience, there is never, ever, ever any reason to give up hope
Posted Feb 14 2012 8:14am
Let me say this one more time, that in my own direct, personal experience, there is never, ever, ever any reason to give up hope. You can do better than that. You must do better than that. (-Quote from Beating Ana , Part One: Welcome to Our World)
In all the years I was struggling to get away from Ed and take my life back, I never once met another person who had recovered from an eating disorder.
What I would have given - or so I thought - in those days, to meet living proof that recovery really was possible!
But the truth was that I didn't need proof. I knew it. I knew it like I knew that, if at any point my lungs were deprived of oxygen, I would do whatever it took to breathe air again.
We know recovery is possible. This is why giving up hope feels so terrible. We are lying to ourselves - and we know it.
We have to do better, because we know that we can. Once you admit that you are just scared, that it is just hard and you are tired, you will find fresh strength and courage and commitment to press onward again.
Don't lie to yourself. Don't lie about how hard it is, how exhausted you feel, or even how hopeless Ed makes recovery seem sometimes.
But most of all, don't lie to yourself about what is possible. You won't believe yourself anyway, because you already know the truth.
What can you do - starting today - right now - to tell yourself the truth about what is holding you back in pursuing your recovery goals?