I spoke last night at the new Perth Children’s Hospital for Body Awareness and Eating Disorder Awareness Week.
I wanted to share with you my talk for the night.
Hi my name is Tracey and I am going to talk tonight about what recovery is actually like for me now.
I had an eating disorder for a long time and have now I have been recovered for over 10 years now. I am never going back.
I have this saying that today is a gift, it was a day that I didn’t think that I would have and I embrace every moment.
I am passionate about giving back and sharing my journey.
Tonight, I wanted to share what recovery for me is like. This is my journey and what I have learnt along the way.
Recovery for me was about finding my purpose, it is about rediscovering who I am- Tracey without the control and thoughts of the eating disorder consuming me and keeping my world small.
I have great support of amazing friends who were there for me.
It is about embracing the new, I had to learn to explore new ways of doing things. It was doing things totally different then what I was used to. I had to step out of my comfort zone.
I had one year where I would just say yes to new experiences. A friend of mine challenged me. Just to say yes and to see what happened.
Which was a little bit aaagh but it was so important in expanding my world and experiences.
Recovery for me was -discovering my creativity and that was such an important part in my recovery.
Journaling helped me so much, I love to journal.
Being creative helped me so much. I love writing. I can now call myself a blogger, I have a blog,I write about my journey, I write about encouraging women. I have written for some publications in America, I just submitted an article and it was accepted, I am a singer/songwriter and I am passionate about making a difference.
I work as a primary school chaplain for nearly 7 years and I love what I get to do. Every day is an adventure. My days are so varied and my life now is so completely different to the woman I was who was stuck in an eating disorder.
I laugh, I have a very distinct laugh and I make no apology, there was a time where the eating disorder stole my joy. I laugh and I have learnt to laugh at myself.
My role as a primary school Chaplain has seen me-
- Speak at assemblies
- I run a girls’ group for years 4 to 6 where we look at friendships, identity, self-esteem.
- I have run a Disco, never run a disco before.
- I have a Drumbeat group.
- I have gone on camps where I have gone abseiling, rock climbing and orienteering.
- I am there for the whole school community. Love community.
I am still learning that my life has meaning, my life has purpose.
I am a work in progress, I love that cause it just allows us to rest in it.
She designed a life that she loved.
I want to leave you with these words tonight you are worthy, valued and loved. Yes, you are.