Eating disorders: Theresa’s journey to recovery | Rogers Behavioral Health
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Eating disorders: Theresa’s journey to recovery | Rogers Behavioral Health

August 23, 2019

My name is Teresa, and I suffered with an eating disorder anorexia nervosa I’ve never been happy with the way I looked since even since I was a child and I saw these people who looked happy, and then I thought they had perfect bodies when I was in eighth grade I thought okay well I’ll just try to lose a few pounds too and then it just got out of control really fast I lost like 1/3 of my body weight in two months Parents right away like jumped in trying to get me to help and just 14 years old. I wasn’t receptive I would say rock-bottom was definitely my freshman year of college and I was so cold And I would fantasize In class about going home turning the electric blanket on high and just sleeping I would just lie down there And I would literally pray to God to just let me die like I just I couldn’t wake up and fight in the morning anymore Somewhere like deep down like there was a normal healthy Theresa that was like okay you need to do this like this is part of the step to get better Cognitive behavioral therapy I would say was the where the bulk of my recovery started to happen the hardest part was definitely eating and Knowing that I had to eat Which is something that like a normal person like it’s great like you get to eat It’s fantastic people are excited for lunch done but I remember waking up and in the middle of the night thinking I have to eat breakfast in the morning and being terrified and crying that I’d have to eat One of the nurses on the floor she cried with me and I’m like okay like she cares She’s crying with me when I’m crying She cares, and it’s it’s important to be an environment where people like understand what you’re thinking I needed that month of intensive care and inpatient and then a little more freedom in my six weeks of residential and Then what seemed like a lot more freedom in my ten weeks of partial before I went home Ahh the happy ending I am in nursing school I have amazing friends and a wonderful family and the man of my dreams I love waking up happy

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