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The Complications of Bulimia Which Made me ugly and Almost killed me!

I knew that the complications of bulimia were looming over my shoulder... I was 17 at the time and had been suffering from bulimia for almost 1/2 my life. But, over the past 3 years it had completely spiraled out of control...

Throwing up had become easy... Too easy...

So easy in fact that I didn't even have to try, I didn't even need to want it... Sometimes, throwing up would just 'happen'...

When I was talking to a friend... burp... vomit...

When I was swimming in the ocean... splash... vomit...

When I was trying to sleep at night... rollover... vomit.

I knew that with so much vomiting going on in my life - there had to be side effects... I could feel the complications of bulimia beginning to hunt me down.

And then, they got me. One, by one...

The 1st was massive sores... Big crusty, bleeding wounds in the corner of my mouth...

The 2nd and 3rd complications of bulimia decided to team up and hit me at once... My body started getting hairier (lanugo it's called)... And, my periods disappeared (that's amenorrhea)

The 4th complication was yellow, rotten teeth. Bulimia and tooth decay go hand in hand... And, I, unfortunately, learnt this the hard way. 8 dentist visits at the age of 18 saw me wipe every last cent - every $6000 of it - from my teenage savings. Gone.

Then, as my illness entered into it's 10th year of existence, the complications of bulimia became much more serious...

5) I started to feel faint and would often have to sit down for fear of passing out

6) I developed depression - my life felt like it was beyond repair

and possibly, the most serious of all the complications of bulimia...

7) I had extreme electrolyte imbalances - which can lead to a sudden heart attack

 

Death From Bulimia

At the age of 20, after experiencing extreme bulimia side effects for many years, I became terrified. I suddenly realized what stress I was putting my body under.

I began to read stories about bulimia death - and I understood that considering the severity of my bulimia - I was lucky to be alive.

I was lucky to have gotten away so far with sores, lanugo, ammonoreah, rotten teeth, dizzy spells, depression and electrolyte imbalances...

But, there is only so much a human body will take... And I could feel in every fiber of my being that I was reaching that point.

I had to do something...

So, I broke the silence of my ordeal - which had started behind the lucky bean tree at aged 8 - where I vomited for the first time...

Finally, I built up the courage to ask for help for bulimia...

 

My Bulimia Recovery

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Now I enjoy the simple things in life...
health, happiness my cute little chihuahua!

A year later and I had fully recovered from bulimia...

That was in 2006 - and since then, I have been healthy, happy and bulimia free!

I feel blessed every single day that I managed to survive the complications of bulimia...

My body has been through hell and back - and for the rest of my life I will treat it with the love and kindness that it deserves!

 

 

 

 

 

Article by Shaye Boddington
Author of your-bulimia-recovery.com
and creator of The Bulimia Recovery Program and Community


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