Who am I? That’s an excellent question. I’m still trying to figure that out! Lets start with the easy stuff – My name is Claire! I have amazing friends, a wonderful husband named Carson, a beautiful son Christopher, a puppy named Rosie and a cat named Sir (he’s a gentleman).
I am currently 30 years old, have been married since 2007 and my son was born in 2015. I practice yoga and teach yoga, crochet (mostly baby blankets but I do a lot of other things as well) and I”m working on my sewing skills. I am a good baker, and slowly getting better at cooking. I love going to the movies, crime shows or thriller movies, spending time in nature, walking our dog and swimming.
I have been struggling with disordered eating since I was 14, was diagnosed with EDNOS (restrictive) at 16 and in recovery on and off since I was 22 (2009). In 2010 I was re-diagnosed with AN (purging type) and have only recently recommitted to recovery in the last 16 months. I searched for help from others so often but their stories never helped me because I felt they didn’t apply to me. I also found their suggestions immensely unhelpful. I felt that it was impossible for me to recover, that I was sick for too long and it just wasn’t in the cards for me. Guess what? It IS possible for me, and it is possible for you too. Creating content about my recovery process was a suggestion from my husband, hoping that my story could bring hope to others. The purpose of this blog is for me to have a place where I can share HOW I discovered that recovery was possible for me, my story and suggestions for how you can find your recovery too.
I am also a strong advocate for the de-stigmatization of mental illnesses, especially eating disorders. I work with a few local groups to help bring awareness and understanding to the public. I wrote a blog article for the National Eating Disorder Information Centre (NEDIC) visible here and am took part in an expert panel for the National Initiative for Eating Disorders (NIED) in June of 2014. It is my philosophy that our secrets keep us sick, and I hope that through sharing my story, others will feel safer and more able to get the help they need and deserve. Please feel free to contact me if there’s anything I can do to support you in your recovery or in supporting someone you love.