I absolutely hated my eating disorder for so many years. I felt that it ruined my career, relationships, creativity and general progress in life. It took so many years from me that I could not get back. But today, I do genuinely feel great for what it has taught me and where it has brought me. So, in honor of thanksgiving, I would like to write a little gratitude and “Thanks Giving” list to my eating disorder:
You taught me that I can get through ANYTHING
You taught me to believe in myself
You taught me to listen to my own body
You taught me that I possess the greatest wisdom to take care of my own body
You taught me how to help other people
You taught me about recovery through service
You taught me how to connect with people
You taught me how to get out of isolation
You taught me about self care
You guided me to things I was too scared to ever try
You brought me to New York – in search of help to deal with you!
You forced me into relationships that terrified me
You taught me that whatever I dream CAN be real!
Can you think of the ways that your eating disorder has helped you? Is there anything you want to thank your eating disorder for?