Mum, moody, messy, manic. Retired musician and aspiring writer.
From dark, sordid, private journaling, this website became my greatest recovery asset for major depression and anxiety, and the eating disorder and self harm behaviours I used to mask them.
I imploded like a smashed egg, and from within I've found a fledgling bird, ready to spread its wings and fly.
I hope within these pages, you find a moment of connection, truth, revelation and understanding. This is my story. Perhaps it's yours too.
Today I'm very sad. I guess it was inevitable. After 25 years of marriage I don't normally blink an eye when spending time apart from my significant other - but this is different. We've been apart a month and will now be apart another 2-4 weeks. Which in the big scheme of things will become a blip on the radar, but today we're surfing the blip.
One of our tasks in group therapy today was to "create three characters to live in your own 'Land of Oz'. Give them each something to search for that YOU are searching for through your eating disorder (NOT related to weight). Give reasons why the Mighty Wizard would say that you already have what you are looking for."
Today I am afraid of recovery. I've been in this place before - where I've felt the beginnings of change and then become overwhelmed with the fear of that change and what it might herald. so I rush back to the safe and familiar.
As I may have mentioned once or thrice, I suck at art. And the thought of doing art therapy leaves me feeling cold and slightly nauseated. However, it is also true the art therapist is not only a lovely person, but also a very good therapist. Plus she's nice to me - and by that I mean, she often lets me write in lieu of drawing. So here's a few of my art therapy, "works of art". Spontaneously produced. Unedited. Raw. Cheerless...
I've spent a lifetime as a highly anxious person pretending it wasn't so and secretly not coping. Nobody knew. I hid it. Very well. Now I don't want to. I want to accept and manage it instead. It won't solve all my problems but it will be a good start. I have no idea how to manage it...