Who were your caregivers during that period?
My family and friends. I’m very thankful for how my family handled me because the eating disorder caused significant mood swings. Whether I ate too little or ate too much, I would get very angsty.
It took a long while for my parents and my younger sister to understand what I was going through. They didn’t really get what it was like to have a mental health condition and for a period of time, I just felt so alone. And the worst part is that I didn't fully understand it either, so I couldn’t explain it.
Thankfully I could speak to my therapist, who had a lot more knowledge about the issue.
I’ve learned over the years that often I don't really need someone to give me advice, because I know what I need to do. But just that in that moment, in that moment of weakness, I just need someone to hear me out and hold space for me.