I am always happy to welcome guest authors here at my little lo-fi blog...
Libby and I were at school together, and she recently got in touch with me via Facebook. Libby writes very bravely about how she overcame her long-standing eating disorders.
Her guest post below tells us a little about her road to recovery, and includes some links to organisations that provided her with the help and support she needed.
Run Run Run
by Libby Horsman
Life does not always go the way you want it to. It can change in a second and turn your whole world upside down.
Have you ever felt like running away and disappearing? Not going back home, because you think that if you go away everything will be all right again, the pain will go away and you will not be hurting your friends and family anymore?
Question is: will anything really change if you leave? I once felt like this. I battled with eating disorders from the age of 13. When I was younger, the way I would try and cope with it all was to hide away in my room, turn on music really loud and go into a bubble to escape from the hurt and pain.
Only a few years ago, things got so bad at one point that all I wanted to do was disappear, never to be seen again. I thought, if I left, my eating disorder would go away; I did not want to hurt my family and friends anymore; I thought I could cope on my own. In reality I was deep in denial. Even if I did leave, nothing would have changed: I would not have got better as I would have had no help, and then not only would I have been hurting myself, but I would also have been hurting my family.
If you do run away, how will you actually survive on your own? You will have no money, the phone battery won’t last long—if anything happens, you cannot ring anyone to let them know you need their help. You slowly become weaker and weaker. You will just be running away from your problems, and they will always remain with you until you start dealing with them.
Some of the benefits of not running away are that you are staying with family, with friends all around you, and you will be able to access help from professionals so you can start dealing with your problems. In time, this will help you overcome them and live a better and happier life
After nearly 20 years of battling with eating disorders, I have recovered. It was only because I had help from my counsellor, a self-help group and the amazing support from family and friends that I was able to recover.
While running away seems to be the answer, getting the right help and being with family and friends is best for you in the long run: far better than running away and trying to cope on your own.
When I am not writing I work as a independent beauty consultant, I enjoy reading books by Jodi Picoult and Sophie Kinsella. I am a mummy to a 6-year-old Lhasa Apso called Lulu. I am a published author and I am planning on writing more books.
Read Libby's blog at: https://wordpress.com/posts/butterflygirl82.wordpress.com