A Patient with an Eating Disorder

“I had lived with my eating disorder for almost 15 years, spent two years in NHS treatment, both inpatient and outpatient but yet it was still controlling my life. I felt like everyone had given up on me as someone who didn’t want to get better.

“When I met the specialist dietitian it was like someone finally understood me and actually believed that I could do it. She listened, discussed and gave fantastic advice based both on science and experience which I could use and make sense of.

“Most importantly she made it work for me and adapted things around any problems I was having at that time. I was always cold, tired, and weak, I couldn’t sleep, I would get terrible night sweats and at the time I had no idea what they were.

“Later on thanks to the dietitian I learnt that it was just my body running out of glucose during the repairs the body carries out overnight. With the dietitian I was able to talk through my phobias around food and fears of losing control, the paranoia of putting “bad” food into my body.

“She had experience and logical answers to my concerns and anxieties. She was able to challenge my irrational thoughts with facts and make sense of the confusion in my head. Slowly they helped me believe I could fight this. I was the only one who could do it but she was there to support me.

“I know I’ve still got some way to go before I can finally call myself ‘recovered’ but I also know that if I slip back even slightly I can get the support and confidence I need to fight it, when I need it and that she will back me up all the way.”