* sure to fade (morethanflesh) wrote in xxanti_edxx,
* sure to fade

new member... hello everyone :)

I think I'll start off by introducing myself...

-My name's Erica, I'm 16 yrs. old (17 in less than a month woo hoo!), and I've had an eating disorder for about 2 years now (anorexia nervosa with bulimic tendencies, or so it says on the diagnoses sheets my parents were given from the hospital).
-Therapy, hospitalizations, and such: I attend an adolecent support group once a week, see my therapist/psychologist/counselor/whatever you want to call it once a week, see my dietitian every 2-3 weeks, and my mom takes me to get my blood drawn once in a while (to check my potassium and electrolyte levels... i was at risk for cardiac arrest the last time i was hospitalized). I've been hospitalized in an eating disorders unit twice and hospitalized once before that in an adolecent psychiatric ward for attempted suicide, cutting, and depression. I also go to ANAD meetings once in a while when I have the time.

-I've spoken at a conference for girls with my adolecent group and just the other day I had the opportunity to speak at the ANAD candle light vigil... which honors those who have died from eating disorders and those who still struggle and are trying to recover.

-What my attitude towards EDs is right now: I've been in recovery for a few months now, but I hope that one day I will be completely recovered. I also hope that one day, the people that i know personally with eating disorders, as well as those i don't know and may never meet that also struggle, will be able to choose to recover or at least open their eyes and attempt to recover.

--- i think this is a pretty good introduction... so yeah, hi all...!
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