This was hard to watch. It brought back a lot of past emotions and painful memories. I have always been an outsider looking into this world of eating disorders. My sister’s eating disorder had the greatest impact on my life and my family’s life.
When you feel like giving up, there will be people there to keep you going. There are countless times that you will have slip ups, but your support group, whether it’s your family or friends, will help you get back up. Never underestimate the power of relationships. Even if you’re quick to give up, the people who care and love for you won’t. I know that I would have given up everything I had if it meant I could see my sister happy and healthy again.
Edit: A fellow tumblr user reblogged this video and wrote some things that I feel are important to address. Trying to help someone without the right information can do more damage than good. There are a lot of things I said that I wish I could take back during this period of time because they weren’t helpful or supportive. They were words of ignorance. I hardly knew anything about eating disorders at the time, so I barely knew how to address it let alone help my sister. But I wanted to and as a result, there were a lot of hit and misses. The therapist helped my family, but also educating myself about eating disorders gave me the foundation to work on. Telling someone with an eating disorder that they’re hurting you or hurting the family isn’t helping them. They didn’t choose to have an eating disorder. That’s a huge misconception.