Thank you for stumbling onto my website…
I am Helen, a woman who was sailing happily through life – working as a nurse, newly married, body accepting and with a very good relationship with food when a misguided exercise kick led me to spiral into negative energy, triggering genes I did not know I carried to develop anorexia.
At the age of 27 years I found myself with a severe restrictive eating disorder (anorexia nervosa)… which after 13 years of illness and unsuccessful spells in ‘treatment’ left my life depleted in every sense of the word.
Hitting the age of 40 in April 2019, I finally knew that it was do or die.
I either do everything that it was going to take to recover – put myself through the pain and the torment and seek the support I would need to do that or I could not guarantee that I would be able to stay alive.
At the end of May 2019 I started a journey into real recovery – not the half in / half out attempts I had made before… This time it was all in or not at all!
For the first time in 13 years I made real progress in not just weight restoration ‘recovery’ but in fixing my head as well as my body and facing fears like I never have before.
I had been told over the years that I was a chronic case of anorexia, I had an enduring illness and that the best I could hope for in my future was, ‘maintaining my quality of life with the illness’.
I refused to accept that fate – I believe fully anyone can recover from an eating disorder no matter age or length or severity of illness…. and no one should be left without hope.
In May 2019 I started an Instagram account to document my recovery, largely for myself (@Recovering_Nomad – now dormant).
This website became an extension of that.
Here I have shared my original Instagram posts from those earlier days in recovery and more recent blog posts, which I still write form time to time, now that I am no longer facing those daunting and intense early weeks and months.
Since the early days of my recovery, I have achieved more than ever before and more than I could allow myself to believe possible for all those years of being so ill.
Because I have lived with an eating disorder, I will never take for granted the small things in life and I am grateful everyday for more mental freedom than I have known for too many years.
All I wish for now is that others who are still suffering find their way to recovery and to freedom.
If you do have any questions for me or want me to write about anything in particular then please do contact me:
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