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During my recovery, I read a ton of blogs by people going through eating disorders and recovering just like I was/am. They helped me a lot, because a lot of times they expressed the same feelings I was feeling, but in a far more understandable way than I ever could. I guess you could say reading these blogs helped me recognize what I was feeling, as well as convey those feelings and struggles to my family and treatment team in order to help them better help me.
When I began to near my goal weight, I got the desire to give back to this community that helped me so much during my recovery. I started a blog documenting my recovery journey, struggles, hardships, triumphs, and everything in between. I also began to comment on the blogs I read that helped me so much during my early stages of recovery. I even began to build friendships with the authors of the blogs. These relationships helped me so much in my recovery, and continue to do so to this day. Friends who know what you are going through, understand, and care are a true blessing and I am very grateful.
After blogging for about two years, I got in touch with Lauren Bersaglio, our editor-in-chief at Libero Network. I was given the opportunity to write about my experiences as a guy with an eating disorder as well as share tips that have helped me throughout my journey. It has been over a year now, and I am so grateful for the work I am able to do here at Libero. I have been able to reach a much larger audience than ever before, and I truly feel I am reaching an audience that was largely unreached before. Libero is a structured, positive resource that is much more accessible to people in need than a private blog could be. For this reason, I feel that my work here at Libero has allowed me to give back to those suffering with eating disorders like I was.
Giving back is extremely important to me. Going through an eating disorder was absolutely hellacious, and I had a loving family, dedicated professionals, and every advantage on my side. I know that not everyone has these advantages; battling an eating disorder is hard, no ifs, ands, or buts.If my writing helps one person get through one day just a little bit easier, I am ecstatic.
I also think giving back to the community through writing has helped me in my own recovery. I have never been very good at expressing myself and sharing my emotions, but I have felt that change for the better the more I have been writing. The positivity of my readers has encouraged me to be more open, and to learn how to express myself more effectively.
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In addition to the support and encouragement I have received from others through blogging, I have also been encouraged to show a positive example for all of my readers. Whether in times of need or times of triumph, I have been able to grow stronger in my recovery through blogging both at Libero Network and on my personal blog.
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