I am 28 years old and ED has been a part of my life for over 10 years. My weight was scary low at one point but I didn't think anything was wrong. It all started in highschool. I lost a few pounds after joining the cross country team. I wasn't trying to, but was the workouts were more intense than anything I had done before. I liked how I looked and felt after losing a little weight so I took it to the extreme. I really think that this was the start of it all.
ED has changed form over the years. There was crazy restrictive ED, workout like a manic ED, eat everything in sight and be sick ED... It really began to control my life. I would seclude myself and not participate in social events. I had a plan to stick to and wouldn't want to do anything to mess with that. There were certain times I had to eat, specific things/ways to eat, I had to be able to workout for 2 hours...It was way out of control.
After many years and ups and downs with ED I had finally had enough! I researched treatment centers and finally picked one. I quit my job, bought a one way plane ticket, and went to a place called Milestones in Florida. It was super scary and I had no idea how long I would be gone. All they told me was anywhere from 1-6 months. I ended up staying for about 45 days. Since then things have been better, but I am by no means "cured". I don't know if I ever will be. I am learning how to enjoy life again though. Each meal is still tough, but it gets easier day by day.
I am very lucky to have a supportive husband, family, and friends. They have stuck by me through thick and thin (literally, ha) I have found some people in the blogger world who have struggled with ED and who are doing wonderfully now. It is very motivating to read these blogs and know I am not alone and that I can too can overcome this.