Colleen (story) - HAES Informed Clinical Psychologist, Living Life in Color


“I don’t know how I truly feel about the fully recovered vs. recovery debate. But I can tell you this. I am a different person than when I was in the throes of an eating disorder. Nothing is the same. Nothing. I laugh, cry, take risks, speak in front of people, bake for fun, go out to eat, foster warm, caring relationships. I have my sense of humor back. Life is huge, and chaotic, and painful, and lovely, and I’m living it. Life in color with all of its uncertainties is so preferable to that cold, sterile certain life with an ED.” – Colleen

In her story, Colleen describes the “perfect storm” that led to her eating disorder. Now a Health at Every Size informed Clinical Psychologist in Virginia, Colleen also tells of how finding meaning and purpose in her life helped her in her recovery. As someone who escaped the fire of an eating disorder, she is running back with buckets of water to help those still stuck.


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