Anorexia. It was a term that was once almost alien to me. I couldn't understand the illness, let alone comprehend that I, Hannah, miss resilient, happy and strong could become a victim of this viscously manipulative illness.
For years, I battled on my own, convincing myself that I was fine. It was just a diet. I would vow to change and then find myself succumbing to habit. Lie after lie.
This cycle and pattern lasted for weeks, the weeks turned into months and then to years with each day meaning that the mountain I would be left to climb was getting higher and higher.
Even in treatment I was dismissive, I lacked commitment and drive. My motivation remained in my illness, turning a life into an existence and a miserable one at that. The treatment that I was being offered, although of unprecedented quality, just wasn’t right for me, the one size fits all approach really didn't fit.
That is where something like FREED would have been so pivotal in my own recovery and why I can say so honestly that whilst recovery can be tough, long and gruelling the combination of early intervention together with the right level of comprehensive and personal support- that recovery doesn't have to be so exhausting or lonely.
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