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Self-Love Motivated by Motherhood

 

Jodie Boyd found both power and peace despite her eating disorder.

Jodie was only 13 when she started experiencing anorexic and bulimic symptoms. Over the course of 13 years, Jodie was admitted to multiple eating disorder programs, most of which she was kicked out of. “At 18, I got kicked out six times for breaking the rules. I refused to engage in activities, ignored my therapists, and stopped focusing on recovery.”

Jodie felt inadequate, lonely, and hopeless. She missed out on high school events such as dances and parties, lost touch with friends and family, and most importantly, lost sight of who she really was.

I realized that it wasn’t just about me anymore, now, it was about my son. I had to be there for every moment.

With a history of both trauma and mental illness, programs that focused on her eating disorder as an isolated issue were unsuccessful. Jodie says, “I spent years entering and re-entering programs. I needed to find a program that would address everything I was experiencing.”

Despite fighting an eating disorder for almost half her life, Jodie found inspiration and kept pushing. Her motivation came in the form of motherhood. Jodie explains, “I realized that it wasn’t just about me anymore, now, it was about my son. I had to be there for every moment.”

 

 

Jodie found an eating disorder program that fit her needs. She learned ways to manage her eating disorder and mental illness and made it her mission to become the best version of herself.

Today, Jodie uses her experience as a peer support worker, daily, to help others find their path to wellness. A strong mother of three, dedicated student, and proud mental health champion, Jodie has learned how to love herself, her family and fight for recovery every day.

Help others, like Jodie, work their way toward recovery. 

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