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Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Life Without Ed

Today, I was convinced by my outpatient therapist to read Jenni Schaefer's Life Without Ed. I suppose my resistance to read her memoir surfaces from others' reviews and my own fear-- fear that this book may help me, maybe? After all, I did believe I was the brilliant eating disorder patient who claimed Ed as an abusive significant other. Perhaps I'm afraid I'll be too inspired, or maybe I fear the 'aha' moment, when everything will click. Maybe. But more importantly, I think I've resisted because I still have difficulty separating myself from the eating disorder. It has become such a big part of my life that I've lost sight of who I was beforehand.
For those of you who want to know more about what I may be going through and eating disorders in general, I suggest reading a copy of Schaefer's book. I'm sure it can be found at any library or Barnes & Noble near you and I strongly feel is may help share the insight I am unable to explain in words.

3 comments:

  1. Haha, I was hesitant/resistant to read it for the same reason. Oh NO! It may actually HELP me, hah! Right. Its very helpful, but it seemed a little corny/too happy/positive in the end. But I'm a realist...so, I dunno. I think it does help with separating the Ed voice, in fact, it really does work. Hope you read/enjoy it!

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  2. Hey Rebecca,

    I read Life Without ED too and found it very inspiring. That said, I honestly think that ED-help books don't necessarily help if you can't find it within yourself to want to recover. But you know what?! I know you can recover because there is so much, so VERY VERY much wonderful things waiting for you in this world. It may be hard to see that now but I assure you, great things will come to you as you gain your health back!!

    xx

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  3. I'm with Ames on that...I def feel like she made it seem like all rainbows and butterflies.. BUT it kinda gives ED a personality thati was able to separate from. If only this book and Wasted were combined..that would be a great read. It has the dark side and the light side of an eating disorder and then recovery.
    i know the ambivelant feeling of wanting to get better and essentially have a life again not revolving around food and how you look, but i can tell you first hand, even though it's hard as hell, it's incredibly worth it.

    with time and patience.
    enjoy!
    kath

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