Hi (I am waving hello). My name is Jonna, and I have been in recovery from an eating disorder for 16 years. It started when I was 15 with daily restricting here and there which felt innocent at the time. That was just the beginning of a downward spiral into a full blown clinical eating disorder. I bounced from anorexia, bulimia, binging, and over-exercising while counting calories hour by hour and weighing myself up to 20 times a day. It sounds exhausting, right? You have no idea.
By the age of 19, my life was fully consumed by ED (a.k.a eating disorder). I was a prisoner in my own flesh and subconsciously knew if I spent one more year in that cycle I would be dead. At the end of my freshman year, I emailed my parents about eating disorders, treatment facilities, and that their daughter had one. My journey in recovery started that summer…into in-patient treatment I went.
I am here to share my story throughout my 16 year and counting recovery journey – my 30 day in/out-patient treatment at the age of 19, my relapse at the age of 24, my second 30 day in-patient treatment, and my 11 years in full recovery since then. If I can go from contemplating suicide at the age of 15 to finding pure happiness in my soul, I truly believe that miracles are possible. I am here to share my journey and help others struggling in any way that I can.
Look I am not here to tell you…wow I am just a ray of fucking sunshine every day. That would be a lie. However, I can honestly say that I am overall happy and can get through the tough struggles in life seeing them in a brighter light without the use of ED. I spent years so lost that I didn’t even know which direction to walk. Yet somehow still wanted to walk somewhere ahead…so can you!