About this website
I have created this site to encourage self-confidence and allow readers the opportunity to feel validated and supported through sharing their experiences with like-minded people. This site is a community for those who struggle and for those who watch a loved one struggle.
Do you, or anyone you know, suffer from an eating disorder (ED) or have autism spectrum disorder (ASD)? If yes, I hope this blog is right for you. These disorders don’t need to affect you directly; I welcome everyone, including carers, family and loved ones, and friends of those affected by ED and ASD. This is because these conditions impact the lives of everyone who knows the person with the disorder. This website welcomes all.
My goal is to guide, promote empowerment, and encourage you to share your stories and experiences. I am here to read and engage with you on my blog, and I want you to know that I genuinely care about hearing your voice.
While we must be mindful of triggers, everyone’s experience is different and equally important. This will be a safe and judgmental-free community for all. I want to help you feel heard by providing this safe place to express your thoughts and feelings.
Who I am and what has brought me along this path
I want to promote body positivity and shine the light on the impact that advocacy has had on me. I want to be open, honest, and raw in my words. Writing has been a massive recovery tool for me, enabling me to express myself and engage with others in similar situations. Sharing in a safe environment allows us to know we’re not alone and that support is available. Despite the complex challenges of these disorders, recovery is possible.
My experiences with Anorexia Nervosa and Autism
I wish I could start by saying that my healing journey has been along an easy road. However, that is not so. I worked day and night; I researched information to find support and gain self-knowledge; I suffered depression and was extremely unwell. “Unwell” is a big understatement.
From my earliest memories, at around seven years of age, I was very picky with my food, and experienced hunger strikes, where I’d refuse to eat. As a child, I was very petite and endured a lot of comments about my body shape and size. My mother sought help from doctors only to be told I was “just picky”. Her concerns were dismissed, and she did not know what to do or where to go with so many turndowns. My parents always provided food for each meal. I had loving parents, and while all families have complications, I cannot fault mine. I do not blame anyone for my mental health challenges. Sometimes things just develop.
About Anorexia Nervosa & Autism
In my experience with ASD, I was left deep in the shadows. I was not diagnosed until my late 20s with ASD level 3 while battling AN at its worst. I looked everywhere for help and turned away. I was considered to belong in the ''too hard basket'' due to my ASD diagnosis.
This site's purpose is to support people experiencing symptoms of anorexia nervosa (AN) and autism and need connection. If you need medical intervention, I encourage you to seek it out; don't wait until it's too late.