Recovery Blog Showcase

The recovery blog showcase is all about introducing members of this wonderful, positive community to each other. Each week, a different blogger will be featured so that we can get to know the person behind the blog a little better. All these bloggers love to receive messages, so please drop them a little hello if you get the time!

This week, we are featuring freeingeileen

1. Please introduce yourself.

My name is Eileen. I’m 18 years old and from the United States. I like cats, sweaters, coffee, going for walks, social justice, and helping others.

2. What inspired you to start your blog?

Four years ago I had a (different) blog on which I gave advice. Being able to help people was one of the few things that made me feel good about myself. It later got deleted for personal reasons. When I entered my recovery, I wanted to continue helping myself and helping others, so I created a recovery blog. I’ve been a recovery blogger for three and a half years now.

3. Who or what inspires you day-to-day?

My Tumblr followers inspire me immensely. They’ve been such a huge support for me over the years and I can’t thank them enough. Recently I’ve also been inspired by the mother of my best friend (who recently passed away). She’s been doing everything she can to turn her grief into action and it’s very inspiring.

4. What is the best piece of advice you have ever heard?

A friend once told me to stop waiting to get sicker before I got better. That was something I really needed to hear. “Sick enough” is a lie. Anyone and everyone is worthy of recovery at any stage in their illness.

5. What’s the hardest challenge you’ve had to overcome?

Recovery in itself has been a challenge. There are times when I’ve nearly died and being able to come back from that and continue living is really difficult, but so worth it.

6. Are you going/have you been through recovery?

I’ve been in recovery from self-harm, an eating disorder, anxiety, depression, and chronic suicidal ideation for over four years. I also struggle with dermatillomania and trichotillomania.

7. How is it going/how did it go?

Relapse happens. The journey is very up and down, but I’m still on this road and I’m still moving forward. I’ve been really lucky to have the support of friends and family and professionals throughout my treatment.

8. Tell us about a really happy memory.

A really happy memory that I have is my “graduation” from residential treatment, which I completed four years ago in 2011. I was feeling good and confident about my ability to recover. I felt really ready to take on this journey. And it hasn’t been easy, but I haven’t lost that spirit.

9. What’s one thing you would like people to remember?

You are loved. Somebody cares about you. I care about you. You have so much potential to do wonderful things in this world. Don’t give that away to your disorder. Your life is infinitely more meaningful than your death. Nothing can change that.

10. Any last comments?

I just want to thank everyone who has helped me in my recovery. This includes my parents, my teachers, my friends, my cats, and of course my followers. I love you all so much. If anyone ever needs anything, my ask box is always open! Take care of yourselves <3