Friday, July 17, 2020

What I Learned from Hospital (Recovery Chat)

I recently uploaded a video bashing my anorexia inpatient experience. I talked about all the nasty aspects that many people ignore and / or sweep under carpet. 'Certainly,' they tell me, 'you wouldn't want to list the negatives and instil a fear in the people who would benefit most from hospitalization?'

Well, of course not. That was never my intention. However, I think it is important to be open about the good, the bad, the ugly. My first hospitalization felt like hell on earth, and my one-to-last killed me on the inside. I can easily find something in all of my inpatient stays that I (and / or my ED) did not like.

However, that is not to say I wouldn't do it all over again. My first hospitalization saved my life. My last hospitalization is the one that pushed me, finally, into full recovery. There's always two sides to the same coin, so today I'm talking about everything I learned and gained from my inpatient experiences.

I think it is definitely worth checking out, particularly if you are feeling stuck in your recovery or scared/afraid about how to break through any remaining barriers.

(If not for these reasons, check it out just to give it a little thumbs up. 300 likes and I'll be doing a 24 hour food challenge: eating like I did in hospital!)

I also uploaded a video on Monday, all about my experience at the University of Bath. I talk about going to university with an eating disorder, how to deal, and what I gained from the experience. If you haven't seen that one yet, I do think it is a good one, and the tips probably extend to any other major life changes (moving out of home, becoming more independent, deciding to take recovery into your own hands, etc.)

Lastly, before I sign off, I want to mention that another exciting and long-awaited vid has gone live. On Wednesday, I posted the long-awaited boyfriend decides what I eat onto my Patreon page. If you're not yet a part of the Patreon family, there's no better time to join than now :) ;)

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