Jen(Story) - Mother, Therapist, Recovered from Bulimia


“Like an ember in a tinder bundle, the brightness that I had as a child remained despite the darkness that surrounded it. My flight into recovery became focused on one thing: tend to that light. So I did.” – Jen

In this episode of Eating Disorder Recovery Speakers, Jen tells a detailed account of her struggle with and recovery from bulimia. Her story consists of what her life was like during her illness, her positive experiences in residential treatment, and what it was like to be in recovery from an eating disorder while pregnant and with a newborn. In the interview portion of this episode, we go deeper into these topics, as well as talk about depression, blind weights, intuitive eating, and the DBT skill of opposite action.

Questions Answered:

  • What did you love about your experience at the Renfrew Center? What are some tools that you gained? What are the good things about residential treatment?
  • How did your depression and eating disorder coexist and drive each other?
  • What makes you want to live and thrive?
  • How would you summarize Intuitive eating?
  • What is your experience with being pregnant and being in recovery from an eating disorder?
  • What is the cost of being so concerned about your weight?
  • How does acting the opposite of your urges or “acting as if” help?
  • What are you doing now?