“Friendship with oneself is all important, because without it one cannot be friends with anyone else in the world.”
― Eleanor Roosevelt.
My journey of my acceptance of who I am and my body has shaped the way that I live my life today.
Many of the people that I’ve worked with me have asked me whether I’ve suffered with an eating disorder and whether it’s that, that drives me to do what I do. What I will say is this: I know what it is to be a woman. A woman who fought many battles during years when she should have just been a kid, having fun and enjoying being young. I once read something by an amazing writer called Camilla Pinkola Estes who referred to her age in the amount of ‘battles’ she’d faced. I am 12 battles old. My battles, as painful as they might have been at the time, have taught me so many valuable lessons about life and about who I wanted to be.
I no longer look back on my past hurts with sadness, shame or regret but with a new perspective and pride that I not only survived but also that today, because of my battles, I am strong and full of love for my life, my family & friends and those I work with. I am grateful that my battles have given me the chance to share what I’ve learnt with the many women who come in to the clinic.
The women that we treat continue to inspire me with their relentless courage & they remind me everyday why I’m grateful to be where I am. Healing is possible for everyone and being a strong, healthy woman is awesome.
“Wanting to be someone else is a waste of the person you are.”
― Marilyn Monroe