It's been 7 years suffering with anorexia - both mentally and physically - but I can finally say that I have beaten it. I'm still not 100% there in terms of my weight, but mentally I feel strong, and the issues that I had with my body still linger slightly, but for the most part I'm ready to leave this chapter of my life behind.
I've been fortunate enough to have huge support from my friends and family since I first realised that I had anorexia, something they all accepted long before I had. My boyfriend has been supportive too and quite incredible, especially considering that there were long periods of time when I didn't even want him to look at me.
I guess this is what I wanted to tell you guys about, the importance of having support. You might think that nobody knows you better than you do, but I've come to learn how wrong that is. I spent a huge amount of time convincing myself that I was fine, and that I didn't need help. But once I learnt to accept the help and advice that others were giving me, I immediately started to notice improvements in my health.
This advice doesn't just apply to anorexia sufferers. I truly believe that any eating disorder can be helped immensely with support. I also found myself participating in quite a few forums and Facebook groups with other sufferers, which helped me to get through it.
Sorry if this post seems a bit random but this is something that I've needed to address for a while.