I have struggled with anorexia and bulimia for over 11 years. I have been in treatment for my eating disorder 9 different times. I met Kayla when I was admitted to an Eating Disorder Hospital in California. At that point in my life, I was in the depths of my eating disorder. I was anxious, depressed and underweight. My body was not functioning the way it was created to function. I was terrified to be back in a treatment center for my eating disorder because I was scared of gaining too much weight and getting fat. I never had a Registered dietitian that I trusted with my meal plan until I met Kayla.
When I first met Kayla she was warm and welcoming. This helped relieve some of my anxiety and fear. Kayla listened to me as I shared my feelings and concerns. She believed that it was important for her and I to develop a relationship so that I would trust her to care for my nutrition. By building that relationship we worked as a team. Kayla helped me let go of the control that my eating disorder had over my life. Even though I had to let go of my control, she provided me with support and encouragement so that i could feel in control with my recovery.
Kayla educated me on the causes and effects that my eating disorder was having on my body. She helped me understand the purpose of having a balanced variety in my meal plan. Through her teachings I developed a better relationship with my body. I learned how to face fear foods, exercise in a healthy manner and listen to what my body is saying.
Recovery from an eating disorder is hard and still is a daily choice for me. When I was at my lowest point in my life and I believed I was going to die from my eating disorder, Kayla walked along side me and changed my life. Through out my recovery, Kayla has been one of my biggest cheerleaders. She showed me through her life that life is beautiful and life is worth living. Kayla taught me so much about nutrition but the one thing that sticks with me to this day is that I am good enough just as I am. That I am worth recovery. Kayla never let me get off easy. She pushed me each and every day. I don’t know where I would be today without her constant support, her understanding and her passion for helping others.
After being out of treatment for over two years and living on the other side of the country, Kayla is one of the dearest people to me. She is one of the most incredible and inspiring people that I have ever met. I am grateful for her dedication and her passion in seeing me find my path in recovery. I hope that one day I can be an inspiration to someone else like she has be to me.