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EDV have collated a diverse range of recovery stories from members of the community. Recovery stories are first hand examples of people’s journey to recovery from an eating disorder. They show that recovery is possible. Stories are from both people who have experienced an eating disorder, and from those who have supported them.
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RECOVERY STORIES

My anger at anorexia

I get very angry and upset about my eating disorder: what it did to me, what it took from me. It put so much strain on my body and brain and I lost so much time and freedom, having to spend so long in hospital.

Read Lauren's story
RECOVERY STORIES

Choosing recovery everyday

"If you are just starting on your recovery journey, I want to tell you firstly how proud I am of you for taking those steps, and to not give up entirely if you have slip ups along the way – it is part of the journey, no story of recovery is linear."

Read Georgia's story
RECOVERY STORIES

Learning to nourish my soul

To my body, thank you for not giving up on me. You’re the only one I have to take me through the journey of life. The only vehicle to connect my soul to the world, to touch, taste and smell the flavours of life. I promise to care and nurture you.

Read Elise's story
RECOVERY STORIES

Thriving

There is no magic word, prescription or motivational speech that will force recovery upon you. Only you can make that choice. That choice will dissipate the loneliness and isolation that your eating disorder compels you to feel.

Read Amy's story
RECOVERY STORIES

Young, professional, male — and living with an eating disorder

“I am a 30 year old male. I am professionally employed and degree qualified. I have also been suffering from anorexia for the past three years. During this time, it has taken a devastating toll on my physical and emotional health, and my professional and personal life. This is my story.”

Read Ben's story
RECOVERY STORIES

Understanding together

"Eating disorders are not well understood, and part of my recovery meant holding the hands of those around me ... This, in turn, lead to increased understanding from my family and friends and eventually, I understood myself.”

Read Ann's story
RECOVERY STORIES

The labyrinth of recovery from an eating disorder

Recovery from an eating disorder is a complex and confusing journey. My experience is that it is not a linear pathway where one jumps a hurdle and then leaves it behind – conquered.

Read Jo's story
RECOVERY STORIES

Putting binge eating behind me

"The binge itself, followed by the preoccupation with shame, guilt and planning the next diet, managed to distract me from avoiding my uncomfortable emotions for about 15 years. I was stunned at how obvious it all was!”

Read Carol's story
RECOVERY STORIES

Beating anorexia after 10 years

I think that controlling my food and exercise subconsciously acted as a coping mechanism for me to deal with my constant anxiety. I strived for perfection at any cost and just wanted to prove that I was worthy.

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FAMILY AND FRIENDS STORIES

A mother's love

"At times I have felt strong and other times I have cried myself to sleep. I wished I could have carried the burden for her, but in the end she had to have the strength and will to fight and my job was to help guide her and fight for her when she was not able to."

Read Tracey's story