Hello everyone!

Hi everyone,

My name is Samantha (clearly from my username, lol). I just signed up for this site a few minutes ago, so I'm still trying to find my way around. I have been struggling with anorexia for about 4 years now. I have been through inpatient treatment and a partial hospitalization program - both of which helped me restore weight but didn't help too much mentally. I faked my way through it and told the doctors what I knew they wanted to hear. At the time, I was about to start my first year of college, and I didn't want to be told I couldn't go - a big reason I wasn't 100% honest throughout my treatment. That backfired, though, as I have relapsed again. I am currently living at home and having a tough time with weight restoration. I want to recover, because my disorder has taken a lot away from me - friends, school, energy, happiness, LIFE. I used to be bubbly, giggly, happy... Now? Not so much. I'm hoping this site will help me find the motivation and courage to do what I need to recover by providing me with support and encouragement along the way.

Thanks for reading!

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Hi Samantha,
I am sorry you are having a struggle. I made a similar mistake and pushed too fast with recovery. I ended up with a relapse. There is hope you can get there. It may seem like a long road but it is possible. My therapist gave me a small target to go for and then moved it up a little bit more. I am there. It can happen. What has helped me, was going to Michaels and getting poster boards, to put my hobbies and what I like to do. This is outside the ED wants. Write down some goals, and when you achieve these goals celebrate with a pedicure or something simple like a bubble bath. Be gentle with yourself.

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