Anatomy of Recovery


Pro-Recovery
I'm Jules, a 23 year old recent college graduate, currently working and applying for grad school. I was diagnosed with anorexia nervosa when I was 14. I'm 100% committed to recovery because I know how amazing it can be. This blog is about my journey and any help and inspiration I can offer others on their own journeys.
I tag all my personal pics "julespic" so that you can block the tag if you find them triggering. I also tag all photos of food with the "food" tag in case they are triggering to you.

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tranquilityyqueen replied to your photo “I think Trader Joe’s has come out with a truly absurd number of…”

WHAT that isn’t fair, I don’t have a Trader Joe’s where I live

That’s a tragedy!!!  You should be sent some TJs stuff!!

genesis21-6 replied to your post: I think Trader Joe’s has come out with…

trader joe’s is a trap, like target.

I don’t live near a Target so when I get to one I freak out.  It’s so exciting I can hardly stand it.

sleepless-nights-and replied to your post: I think Trader Joe’s has come out with…

are they any good?

They taste like the cinnamon poptarts.  So, nothing special.  I guess I kinda like cinnamon pop tarts though.

I think Trader Joe’s has come out with a truly absurd number of pumpkin things so I decided not to participate in the madness.  But somehow I came home with these, pumpkin butter, and crackers with pumpkin seeds and dried cranberries.  Oops.

I think Trader Joe’s has come out with a truly absurd number of pumpkin things so I decided not to participate in the madness.  But somehow I came home with these, pumpkin butter, and crackers with pumpkin seeds and dried cranberries.  Oops.

muchwillbedemanded replied to your post: I really wish there was a simple tag r…

#EDulting. Make it happen.

OOh, I like that even better!!!

I really wish there was a simple tag related to adult eating disorders where we could talk about adulting with ed/recovery

anatomy-of-recovery:

Maybe we/I should make one?  Is anyone else interested in this?

How about EDulting as suggested by muchwillbedemanded?  That’s currently pretty empty empty.  Reblog to get out the word?

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I really wish there was a simple tag related to adult eating disorders where we could talk about adulting with ed/recovery

Maybe we/I should make one?  Is anyone else interested in this?

"I have a cold which started with a sore throat on the weekend, now it's gone but I also lost my voice, I can barely speak. The problem is I have an ED and I've been bp-ing during this sickness too and I'm worried about my vocal chords. Does it cause significant further damage to them if I keep throwing up while my voice is so hoarse and I can barely speak?" With love, Anonymous.

TW, trigger warning
I’m answering from my phone, so this might be a little shorter than my usual answers. This is a question for an ENT doctor but I would go ahead and assume that causing further trauma to an area that is significantly inflamed is always going to cause further damage. The extent of this damage is hard to predict, but adding acid to an area that is raw like a skinned knee is not going to be good. Being sick can also throw off your electrolytes, adding to the risks if purging now. I hope you feel better soon and that you are able to see a doctor ASAP. They might be able to help suggest things to heal your throat or do some damage prevention. It sounds like talk therapy is going to be difficult right now but if you have a therapist, can you email with them about what is going on? Obviously the best answer is not to purge anymore but I understand it’s not nearly that simple to just do. I think it’s important to get medical and psychological support.

"why do you tag all your posts that are about things other than recovery #anorexia#ed#recovery etc" With love, Anonymous.

I have an auto tag-er but I try not to let it tag anything irrelevant, although I’m sure I miss some. You haven’t given me an example but I’ll respond in general. I think you may be misunderstand what kinds of things are also involved in recovery. I don’t post a ton of “fear foods” or things about weight anymore because a lot of my current recovery efforts are focused on how to function as an adult on my own without the negative coping skills that I’d been relying on. Learning to respect myself and deal with setbacks is a big part of my recovery right now. So is coping with change and learning emotional regulation. Sometimes it’s about getting out if bed in the morning or avoiding hopelessness pulling you under at night. I’m dealing with anxiety and feelings of self punishment. Basically I’m trying to learn how to adult because my eating disorder stunted that and the works terrifies me. I post about all these things as aspects of my recovery journey. It’s not going to be about meal plans and hospital appointments on my blog right now.

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thisurlishumorous:

anatomy-of-recovery:

thisurlishumorous:

anatomy-of-recovery:

This is the largest study that has ever been conducted to examine the genetic basis of anorexia.  Their goal is to collect 25k samples by 2016 from anyone who has ever been diagnosed with Anorexia Nervosa at some point in their life.  There are branches of the study in the US, Denmark, Sweden, Australia, and the UK to meet this goal.

I donated my DNA to this study about 6 months ago because there have been three generations of eating disorders in my family and I want to fund research so we can understand why this happens and how I can minimize the risks for my potential children.

Click the link to find more about how to donate your DNA and whether you are eligible to participate by answering some questions about your eating disorder history.

I think this is a really cool thing to be a part of :)

I just participated in this study as well and I think you should include heavy trigger warnings for anyone who wants to participate. Once they deem you eligible you have to fill out an eating behavior questionnaire which could be really triggering for anyone with an eating disorder, especially those in recovery. The survey includes questions about high and low weights and really detailed questions about eating behaviors such as which ones and how often they occurred.
I feel like the team did not do a good job warning me about the potential of these questions to be triggering and I let them know, so hopefully they will adjust their practices to warn people. But I’d hate for anyone who wants to participate not know that this is a part of it.
I do think this is an important study and anyone with an eating disorder should consider participating but please take care of yourself first.

Please be sure to read the introduction before deciding to participate.  They will ask questions about your eating disorder history in order to determine your eligibility.  Since a diagnosis of anorexia does require a weight criteria, a history of concerns about body image and weight gain, and often amenorrhea, this is something that needs to be asked about in terms of eligibility.  If answering questions about your medical history might upset you, then you should decide not to participate.  

I’m sorry that you feel like the team did not do a good job in their pre-study information.  It is the job of a research team to inform potential participants of potential risks of participating in a given study, which they could have done a better job of, but the disclaimer of “questions that may make you uncomfortable” is a pretty common one in eating disorder research but for some people this doesn’t go far enough in terms of what they may feel.  Again, you can stop participating in any study at any point and not answer anything that you do not wish to answer about anything.  Research studies don’t do the same things that a lot of tumblr users may do in terms of trigger warnings, but thanks for giving folks the extra heads-up.

I actually want to work in research so I understand this process pretty well. When I spoke w a woman about the consent to participate she did not provide any information about the nature of the questions in the eating behavior questionnaire. I understand that it would not be a tumblr like “trigger warning” but I do still believe she did not adhere to IRB protocols of establishing the risks I faced participating in the questions. I addressed all of this in an email to her in order to help those in the future but I don’t know how seriously they will take my suggestions. I do thank you for Reblogging that so other people can see before they decide to participate!

Yeah, I’ve participated in a number of studies about eating disorders at this point, and folks can be less than sensitive about how they treat things.  I’ve seen this mostly happen for researchers who are focused on other things like genetics or endocrinology.  I think there needs to be more communication and training in terms of how to mesh the mental illness aspect with the medical part.  Like, I was in a neuroendocrine study for anorexia and they would like accidently leave my chart with my blind weights where I could see it or talk about another participant’s weight in front of me.  Even just being measured could be upsetting without any form of emotional support at the visit.  I ended up meeting with the NP for the study and letting her know why I was upset.  She was incredibly kind and understanding but it was kind of shitty.  I feel like this is one of the reasons why research into eating disorders is so important and so is getting people to communicate better about research.  This kind of stuff is shockingly still in its infancy.  I’m sure that they will appreciate your feedback about it!

thisurlishumorous:

anatomy-of-recovery:

This is the largest study that has ever been conducted to examine the genetic basis of anorexia.  Their goal is to collect 25k samples by 2016 from anyone who has ever been diagnosed with Anorexia Nervosa at some point in their life.  There are branches of the study in the US, Denmark, Sweden, Australia, and the UK to meet this goal.

I donated my DNA to this study about 6 months ago because there have been three generations of eating disorders in my family and I want to fund research so we can understand why this happens and how I can minimize the risks for my potential children.

Click the link to find more about how to donate your DNA and whether you are eligible to participate by answering some questions about your eating disorder history.

I think this is a really cool thing to be a part of :)

I just participated in this study as well and I think you should include heavy trigger warnings for anyone who wants to participate. Once they deem you eligible you have to fill out an eating behavior questionnaire which could be really triggering for anyone with an eating disorder, especially those in recovery. The survey includes questions about high and low weights and really detailed questions about eating behaviors such as which ones and how often they occurred.
I feel like the team did not do a good job warning me about the potential of these questions to be triggering and I let them know, so hopefully they will adjust their practices to warn people. But I’d hate for anyone who wants to participate not know that this is a part of it.
I do think this is an important study and anyone with an eating disorder should consider participating but please take care of yourself first.

Please be sure to read the introduction before deciding to participate.  They will ask questions about your eating disorder history in order to determine your eligibility.  Since a diagnosis of anorexia does require a weight criteria, a history of concerns about body image and weight gain, and often amenorrhea, this is something that needs to be asked about in terms of eligibility.  If answering questions about your medical history might upset you, then you should decide not to participate.  

I’m sorry that you feel like the team did not do a good job in their pre-study information.  It is the job of a research team to inform potential participants of potential risks of participating in a given study, which they could have done a better job of, but the disclaimer of “questions that may make you uncomfortable” is a pretty common one in eating disorder research but for some people this doesn’t go far enough in terms of what they may feel.  Again, you can stop participating in any study at any point and not answer anything that you do not wish to answer about anything.  Research studies don’t do the same things that a lot of tumblr users may do in terms of trigger warnings, but thanks for giving folks the extra heads-up.

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voiceactresskurutta:

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REASONS WHY COMFORT DOGS SHOULD BE ALLOWED AT MY SCHOOL

Did you know that dogs are great companions for treating stress, depression, anxiety, and loneliness. Many universities have created “Dog rooms” as a way for students to relieve stress before exams.


Ahhh I’ve never lived with a dog before and when I came home sobbing today the pup came and gave me a million kisses and it was so unexpected!!  Bless this pup even though he is a terror.

ultrafacts:

voiceactresskurutta:

ultrafacts:

Source If you want more facts, follow Ultrafacts

REASONS WHY COMFORT DOGS SHOULD BE ALLOWED AT MY SCHOOL

Did you know that dogs are great companions for treating stress, depression, anxiety, and loneliness. Many universities have created “Dog rooms” as a way for students to relieve stress before exams.

Ahhh I’ve never lived with a dog before and when I came home sobbing today the pup came and gave me a million kisses and it was so unexpected!!  Bless this pup even though he is a terror.

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"I'm sorry to hear that you had a bad days, Jules. Hope tomorrow goes better, sending you a big hug! XX" With love, Anonymous.

Thank you, you’re very kind <3