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Hi! I'm Shaye. I'm a 26 year old girl from Auckland, New Zealand and I consider myself one of the luckiest people on Earth.
Nope, I didn't win the lottery, my car isn't flashy and I don't have a career as a movie star...
But what I do have is a beautiful and simple life free from bulimia!
But it hasn't always been this way...
Bulimia entered into my life when I was just a scrawny little kid. I was 8 years old and for some reason I decided that I needed to stay thin and that restricting my food - or throwing up - was one way I could achieve this.
As a child, bulimia stayed in the background of my life, only rearing it's evil head from time to time. However, when I started getting a bum and boobs, my bulimia took off like a NASA spaceship on a mission!
Bulimia consumed many years of my life... It was my best friend, my worst enemy and my companion. I hated it but I didn't know how to live without it.
In the 20th year of my life I had hit rock bottom...
I was binging and purging constantly and spending upwards of $15,000 a year on binge food (Good Lord - imagine all the holidays I could have gone on!) I was absolutely exhausted. I believed that if I didn't do something about my bulimia soon, then it would be too late. My body was falling apart.
I had lived with bulimia for over 1/2 my life and I had no idea how to live without it... but I knew I had to...
I started by sharing my bulimia secret for the first time in my life with a counselor. It was a terrifying experience for me, but it was so important. The #1 thing I gained from talking to my counselor was that I felt like less of a freak. She didn't judge me - so maybe I shouldn't judge myself?
This revived confidence within myself and enabled me to start walking the rocky and uncertain road to recovery...
Along the way I discovered many strategies and tips which helped my recovery and many that didn't. I abandoned those that didn't help and walked forward with those that did.
At the age of 22 I graduated from university... but inside I was celebrating a far greater and more life-changing achievement...
I had beaten bulimia and I was never going back!
Never in my wildest dreams had I imagined that a life free from bulimia would be this beautiful... This simple... This free! Bulimia acts like a dark veil placed over your eyes... Everything you see is tinted dark. Recovery rips that veil off and finally you can see the world for what it truly is... A place of happiness and love! A place (as cheesy as it sounds) where dreams can come true!
For the first two years of my new bulimia free life, I wanted nothing to do with bulimia. I had no interest in reading about it, watching documentaries on it or ever having it play any part in my life ever again...
But as the years of my recovered life went by I got an itch... An itch to help people discover this beautiful bulimia free life that I am so in love with!
Your-bulimia-recovery.com was born!
Quickly, it grew into a passion. I would spend hours each day answering questions and writing articles trying to spread the word about bulimia recovery and how to achieve it.
Working on this website has been one of the best experiences of my life. Helping others recover from bulimia gives so much meaning to all the years that I suffered from it.
Early in 2010 I decided that I wanted to dedicate more than just my spare time to helping others recover from bulimia - I wanted to make it my life purpose and career...
This took me on another incredible journey planning, testing and creating The Bulimia Recovery Program and Community. I'd say that this experience has been even greater than creating your-bulimia-recovery.com because I have had the opportunity to meet some amazing men and women and walk with them towards recovery - whilst getting to know them personally in The Bulimia Recovery Community.
Looking back on my life to this point, I have no regrets...
I do not regret the first time I made myself throw up behind the lucky bean tree and I don't regret any of the 10+ years I suffered from bulimia... Every experience I had enabled me to be better equipped in helping and understanding you... and that is something that is priceless to me.
I'd like to finish off by saying thank you for taking the time to read this... I hope you feel as if you know me a little better now and I hope you are feeling inspired to begin walking your recovery journey!
Article by Shaye Boddington
Author of your-bulimia-recovery.com
and creator of The Bulimia Recovery Program and Community