About me –
Anorexia and I shared space in my world (Ana dominated it 85% of the time…) between the ages of 12 and 21. While the onset was pretty sudden at age 12, of course the interchange between “Anorexia Patient” and “Recovered” labels was not an overnight exchange – but I have put it as age 21 as that was the first time I honestly, truly decided for myself (and was not forced) that I wanted to recover. The actual road to recovery was a rocky one but I am happy to report that I have maintained a healthy weight for 5 years now. It’s part of my history, but I don’t allow it to define me. It is what it is. I would rather not have gone through it, but I do try to now focus on all of the lessons that I have learnt and am certainly hoping that some good will come from it via Ana to Athlete. I still refer to it as “Ana”, or the “Ana years”, for many reasons – not as an affectionate thing, more because “Anorexia” sounds so harsh and scary and brings back too many horrid memories. And I guess, because it’s a safer name, with softer connotations – it’s too easy to pigeonhole people with the more formal name when really, no two cases are ever the same and no two people are the same.
What I am these days, is a health professional and director of a successful sports injury and rehabilitation clinic with my amazing husband. I am a 5-time Ironman finisher (and counting), and my favourite thing in the world is running – I think my relationship with running is borderline unnatural. But running and I, we have been through A LOT (I started running at the age of 12, so, you know…..we have a bond that is unbreakable). I have two dogs, love my job, adore traveling and use baking as my therapy (did you think that went away after recovery?!).
This blog is a way for me to share some of the many things that I have learnt along my journey, things that I wish someone had told me when I was bridging the gap between “Anorexia patient” and “Ironman Athlete”…..things that your dietician, psychologist and doctor won’t tell you. I continue to learn every day, even as the lingering effects of my eating disorder decrease and my health and fitness increase. I hope that I can help many people along the way.