Followers of my blog will have seen me pour my heart out as I battle with my recovery from Binge Eating Disorder. They will also have seen me grow very quiet over the last few months.
Part of this may be me reaching a plateau in my recovery. Part of it maybe me running out of things to say. I have still be working away, doing little bits here and there to raise the awareness of the disorder, of Eating Disorders in general and also wider mental health. And I still enjoy it, but I feel when I come down to write that it’s the same old story. I have countless drafts that have just not been posted!
And now I shuffle about in my seat as I’m about to post something controversial.
A few months ago I saw a video about the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Many of you will have seen this as it hit the world news with many celebrities taking part. The original video was inspiring. I’d never heard about ALS before and I felt this was a fantastic way of increasing awareness of the illness, especially since it went virul. I got all excited about the thought of being nominated.
But the person who nominated me did it in the name of Cancer Awareness. Now, don’t get me wrong, cancer is horrible and it needs more funding to help find a cure, I get that. But awareness? If people are not aware of cancer by now I very much doubt throwing a bucket of icy water over your head is going to get the message across. I felt angry. A little known but devastating illness was having it’s limelight ripped away from it.
This January I also took part in ‘Dry January’ and I gave up alcohol for a month. It was in aid of Alcohol Concern, an organisation close to my heart since I lost a friend to alcoholism. They have run this event every year for many years. And yet this year, a cancer charity was running the same event at the same time. Most people I knew had not even heard of Alcohol Concern. And let’s face it – since Alcoholism is considered a self-inflicted illness, it’s not going to get the same sympathy vote as a cancer charity. And who was going to have the guts to say to a cancer charity “hey, that’s not fair”.
So when I knew Eating Disorder Awareness Week was coming up, I felt I didn’t want the same thing to happen. Eating Disorders and Mental Health NEED awareness. Even if they don’t get much money, the awareness and discussion about them is SO important.
So I made a Facebook page called Awareness Days UK. And then I made a blog to back it up. This has been the focus of my attention in the last month. They say a change is as good as a rest and maybe in time I’ll come back and give you more updates. In the meantime, maybe some of my regular followers would like to see my new page?
Peace and love to you all x