5 Reasons Why Recovery Is Worth It

5 Reasons Why Recovery Is Worth It

Recovery is something that you have to work on every single day and it's something that it doesn't get a day off.
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Having an eating disorder has changed my life forever. At first, I honestly didn't want to recover from the deadly disease. With the help of my family, friends, and treatment team I recovered and so happy in the long run I chose to recover. Here is why recovery is worth it.

1) I have CONFIDENCE

I know it's not going to be easy, but nothing about recovery is easy. But with the help of your support system, you can learn to love the body that you were born to have.

2) To not fear food

The food was never the enemy, your mind was. Your mind tried to make it seem like the worst thing in the world. Yet you probably missed things like Holidays, going out with friends, and so much more because you feared food. Someone once told me all food is good for you in moderation. So go ahead and eat that cupcake if you want to once and a while.

3) Regain energy and strength

With an eating disorder, everyday feels like a battle. Muscle pains, tiredness, and always feeling weak; it sucks. Yet when I recovered I found I wasn't in as much pain, I was more awake, I felt strong both mentally and physically.

4) It's like you regain your family

I will admit during the time of my eating disorder I was a bitch. I pushed people away. I fought with people and so much more. I just stopped caring about everything and I was letting my family watch me slowly kill myself, but they wouldn't let that happen, and I am so grateful for those who put up with me.

5) You become whole with yourself

I will admit at the start it's like everything is a secret. During recovery, I am proud to say "I am recovered from an eating disorder." There have been times of ups and downs, but I am better now.

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5 Perks Of Having A Long-Distance Best Friend

The best kind of long-distance relationship.
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Sometimes, people get annoyed when girls refer to multiple people as their "best friend," but they don't understand. We have different types of best friends. There's the going out together best friend, the see each other everyday best friend and the constant, low maintenance best friend.

While I'm lucky enough to have two out of the three at the same school as me, my "low maintenance" best friend goes to college six hours from Baton Rouge.

This type of friend is special because no matter how long you go without talking or seeing each other, you're always insanely close. Even though I miss her daily, having a long-distance best friend has its perks. Here are just a few of them...

1. Getting to see each other is a special event.

Sometimes when you see someone all the time, you take that person and their friendship for granted. When you don't get to see one of your favorite people very often, the times when you're together are truly appreciated.

2. You always have someone to give unbiased advice.

This person knows you best, but they probably don't know the people you're telling them about, so they can give you better advice than anyone else.

3. You always have someone to text and FaceTime.

While there may be hundreds of miles between you, they're also just a phone call away. You know they'll always be there for you even when they can't physically be there.

4. You can plan fun trips to visit each other.

When you can visit each other, you get to meet the people you've heard so much about and experience all the places they love. You get to have your own college experience and, sometimes, theirs, too.

5. You know they will always be a part of your life.

If you can survive going to school in different states, you've both proven that your friendship will last forever. You both care enough to make time for the other in the midst of exams, social events, and homework.

The long-distance best friend is a forever friend. While I wish I could see mine more, I wouldn't trade her for anything.

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Poetry On Odyssey: Some Days

A poem that reminds you that you're not alone.

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Some days,

You dread the sound of your alarm. You snooze and snooze and snooze and snooze.

When you finally pull yourself out of bed, pressed time forces you to throw on stained sweats

you find yourself chugging a cup of coffee.

You sit on the couch and contemplate calling out of work

You caught the stomach bug,

Or perhaps the flu,

Maybe you broke your collar bone

Or need a new phone

The endless list of excuses repeats through your head as you sit on the couch, wishing you were still in bed.

It takes every ounce

Every breath

Every fiber of your being to pull yourself off the couch

And into the car

And into the building where you work

Some days,

This is just how it goes

You are not alone.


Some days,

You awake to the beautiful sound of birds

Chirping outside your window

The sun sneaks its way into your room

A smile creeps across your face as you realize you are awake to see a new day

You make a good breakfast

You read a few pages of your favorite book

You get your mind ready for the things it will accomplish today

Before you know it you've worked an entire day

Your job is done

As you pull into your driveway,

you take a few breaths

Feeling grateful for another meaningful day.

Some days,

This is how it goes

You are not alone.


Every day is a gamble,

Every day is a gift

The key to getting more good days

Is believing that everyday is one.

You are not alone, this is just how it goes.

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