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My name is Kristen and I have struggled with Bulimia for the past 30 years. When I tell people that, the response I usually get is "how could you have it for so long and never get help?" I always answer by saying "I didn't know I had it". Which is inevitably followed by "How could you NOT know that you had it" The answer to that is both simple and complicated.

I began Bulimic behavior at about the age of 12. Back then, it was the "cool" thing to do, among teenage girls, to lose weight. It started as a way to lose weight and then, over the years, the act of "purging" or "getting rid of the food" became automatic. In other words, I did not have to use methods to make myself get sick, my body had begun to do it automatically. Several times a week, I would eat and my stomach would expel the food without any assistance from me. I didn't know it at the time but it had become a way for me to deal with thoughts and feelings that I was trying to hide from. It was my comfort, my coping mechanism, my way to "control" 1 thing in my life.

There is a long story between when this disorder began and my life now, that I may share at some point but right now, I need to focus on recovery. I began this journey on March 5, 2013 after being diabetic for about 7 years, insulin dependent for 3 years, and recently having 2 stints placed in my legs because the diabetes had caused blockages in my abdominal aorta. It was finally clear to me that I was literally killing myself with food.

Finally on March 5, 2013 I entered a treatment center and began my road to recovery.

My motivation, I have a wonderful husband of 26 years and 2 great kids, I want to be here to share in their lives.

I hope this page will help someone else with this disorder come to love themselves and find the tools that they need to overcome this struggle and thrive in the life God has created them for.

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    Hello KJERVIN1, I saw that you are looking for an accountability partner. I have just joined Sparkpeople 4 days ago and joined Partnership Accountability to the Finish Line, today. Take a look at my Spark page. If you'd like to give it a go than I'm ready to give it a go. Talk to you soon.
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