Recovering and healing from an eating disorder is an ongoing journey. Like life itself, the process can be as fulfilling and rewarding as we choose to make it.
Accordingly, I am delighted to announce the time has come for www. I am delighted because this new site provides opportunities for reader interaction and contribution through narrative forms of expression. Safe and supportive, this online environment has been built to invite sharing with like-minded others through the medium of writing and particularly, diary writing.
Diary writing is important because, while we can benefit from engagement with and guidance from others, we also need to work privately within, and develop a loving Inside - Sting - Sacred Love with our self. Above all, www. Early that year, I developed an eating disorder but a gift of a diary at Christmas seemed to offer a reprieve and give me hope.
Writing helped me to feel better. Words were like good friends — they were always there for me and did not judge. The diary provided somewhere to offload confused thoughts and store the calorie numbers, and food and exercise rules, that were cluttering and dominating my mind. The pen and paper provided an external connection, a tangible recording tool. In this way my diary, like the eating disorder, became a coping mechanism for easing anxiety and meeting the demands of daily life.
Becoming what seemed an immediate, trusted friend, my first little diary marked the start of a literary journey that, over the next plus years, would chronicle the disintegration and reintegration of my identity and self. My first diary entry is crammed with detailed records of food consumed, exercise routines, the time of awakening and going to bed, and sport results. In the months and years that followed, I transitioned into anorexia-bulimia and more self-expression became evident.
In adolescence, words tumbled onto the pages as I For You - June Alexander Trio - June Alexander Presents Her Men to make sense of thoughts and feelings, and the limitation of one page a day was sometimes a challenge — my handwriting would reduce in size as the end of the page approached.
My world was small. There was the diary and me. The eating disorder, like the diary, thrived on For You - June Alexander Trio - June Alexander Presents Her Men encouraged the keeping of secrets. As I progressed into adulthood, the diary For You - June Alexander Trio - June Alexander Presents Her Men a safe place in which to express and analyze thoughts, and develop coping strategies. But I was unaware that confiding in the diary was also strengthening the eating disorder, with its unrelenting and stringent demands embedded on every page.
Nothing I did was enough and the impossible-to-keep rules of the illness became shameful secrets within secrets that had to be guarded and hidden from others. By age 28, my diary had recorded an almost complete disconnection of self from body and increasingly I was losing the will to live. Молитва - Мертвий Півень - Спільні Проекти. 8 Альбомів У Форматі Mp3. CD2, I was a wife and mother with a full-time career but within, the diary revealed a desperate struggle to honor daily lists and pledges revolving around weight, exercise and food intake.
After 17 years of struggling privately with these demands, desperation drove me to break the silence by revealing the thoughts confined to my diaries to a doctor for the first time. Upon learning I kept a diary this doctor, and others who followed, encouraged me to continue my diary Mother Machine Gun - Mushroomhead - XIII as a coping tool.
Eventually, in my 30s, a trusted psychiatrist suggested the diary could For You - June Alexander Trio - June Alexander Presents Her Men the healing process and encouraged its use as a means to engage in written communication with him. Gradually, under his therapeutic guidance, what I wrote in my diary began to reconnect with authentic thoughts and feelings.
Self-abuse and self-harm gave way to self-care as my body and mind progressively reintegrated. Additionally, the creation of www. Many adult readers wrote at length, explaining that they had felt isolated and had kept their eating disorders a secret for decades, but upon reading, connecting and identifying with my story, felt empowered to share and externalize their thoughts and experiences for the first time. My reflection on these heartfelt reader responses sparked a revelation that perhaps my friend the diary had been destructive as well as constructive throughout my long illness.
This insight in turn became the catalyst for my PhD in Creative Writing, investigating how diary entries might be used in writing a book to assist people in healing from and eating disorder. Upon observing and studying my own diary records, I was shocked to discover the extent to which this private friend had been an accomplice of my own illness.
The two had been in collusion over many years. Yet, despite this illness-driven self-deception, diary writing had helped me to function and survive during decades of chronic mental illness. Moreover, with the right therapeutic intervention, the diary had helped me to reconnect with and reconstruct a long-suppressed true identity.
My diaries had helped me to develop the ability and skills to live a full, rather than part, life. But did my healing journey have to be so long and tortuous? How much did the diary help and how much did it hinder my recovery? Could the diary have provided a more pro-active role in healing? I wanted to find out. Keeping a diary and writing a memoir contributed greatly to my healing from a long-term eating disorder and to my process of self-renewal.
Seventy diarists became my research participants, generously sharing excerpts from their personal diaries to help me explain the pitfalls and benefits of diary writing and, specifically, to explore the ambivalent relationship with body and identity that can occur when experiencing an eating disorder.
This collaborative sharing in the narrative epitomizes the essence and purpose of my new website home, www. I hope you enjoy exploring this new home as much as I have enjoyed designing and furnishing it. There is room for all of us. About My Diary My first diary entry is crammed with detailed records of food consumed, exercise routines, the time of awakening and going to bed, and sport results.
A voice when one cannot speak Outwardly, I was a wife and mother with a full-time career but within, the diary revealed a desperate struggle to honor daily lists and pledges revolving around weight, exercise and food intake. Revelation — a foe as well as friend My reflection on these heartfelt reader responses sparked a revelation that perhaps my friend the diary had been destructive as well as constructive throughout my long illness.
Using your diary as power tool for self Keeping a diary and writing a memoir contributed greatly to my healing from a long-term eating disorder and to my process of self-renewal. Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post. Both comments and trackbacks are currently closed.
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