Editor's note: Well you found your way to the first post ever published on Libero--congratulations! A little context before you read further: this post was originally published on my personal blog back in 2010 before I even knew Libero would come to be. It was through my blog "Expos(ED)" that I met other writers in the recovery world and ultimately joined forces with them to lay the foundation for what Libero is today. I want to give a special thank you to those who have walked this journey with me since day one. If you are new here, I encourage you to explore our site, because a lot has grown and changed since this piece was written. What originally started as a personal blog about Eating Disorder recovery is now an entire mental health magazine and community. Explore, learn, and, above all, find support, because that is what Libero is all about. Much love, Lauren Bersaglio (Founder of Libero)
My name is Lauren Bersaglio, I am twenty-one, and I am in my second year of University studying Communications. I was born in BC, Canada and when I was ten my family and I moved overseas to Zambia (in Southern Africa) where I lived for nine years.
When I was seventeen I became anorexic and since then I have switched between anorexia, bulimia, and nearly every type of disordered eating in the book.
The first time I went public about my struggles was in April of this year. I wrote an article that was published in my University newspaper (click here to read it) and since then I have not been able to stop sharing my story. I believe eating disorders (and mental health) need to be talked about more.
Eating disorders are rampant in our society, but for the most part, they are kept secret, hidden beneath fear and shame. I believe it’s time we bring them out of the darkness and into the light.
When I was first struggling with anorexia I was afraid to talk about it with anybody because I felt they wouldn’t understand. The sad thing is, my fears were valid. The truth is most people likely wouldn’t understand my ED because, let’s face it, there just isn’t much information being spread around about these disorders.
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Since going public about my struggles, I’ve had many people approach me and ask me to explain anorexia or bulimia because they don’t fully understand what it means to be anorexic or what makes someone want to binge and purge.
Maybe they saw a brief special on “60 Minutes” or an article in the newspaper about Mary-Kate Olsen, but this hardly gives insight into the true emotions, feelings, and inner battles that are all part of an eating disorder.
This is why I decided to start blogging. I want to share my experiences with anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating and also share my journey towards recovery (which I am still in the process of).
Eating disorders are in many ways like an addiction. Like any addiction, there is always that voice in your head that provokes unhealthy behaviours through deceitful promises, abusive words, and illogical calculations. A popular name for this voice amongst those struggling with an eating disorder is “ED”.
My intention is to expose ED and to strip him of his power so that he can no longer stand.
So this is my promise to you: I will be fully honest and disclose as much information as I possibly can about my situation and what I have learnt along the way.
So whether you know someone who is struggling with an eating disorder and are searching for insight, or are curious and would like to learn more, or you are struggling with an ED and are looking for someone who understands what you are going through, I hope you will find my writing helpful.
If you fall under the latter group and you are feeling discouraged and feel there is no hope let me say this – a month ago I was there, I was ready to throw in the towel and give up, but now I am on day 23 of recovery and every day I get a little stronger and every day it gets a little easier so don’t give up–there is hope!
I look forward to sharing this journey with you…
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