“But let me ask you this: How many times have you lost and gained weight and how many times did you get all that you believed you would get once you had the body of your dreams?”
“I was left bruised, aching. Collapsed in a heap on my kitchen floor with swollen eyes and a battered heart.”
“It was at 11 when Kobbii’s life took a turn and his freedom and carefree childhood was stripped from him.”
“I often describe my journey with anorexia, depression and anxiety as an abusive relationship.”
“I was put on anti-depressants after an attempt to run away from hospital and take my life.”
“From the age of eight, I first encountered the detrimental and domineering voice of Anorexia Nervosa.”
“Anxiety is the best storyteller you will ever find. It creates anything and everything out of nothing, until you let it, until you act, until you believe what it’s telling you.”
“I was very concerned about my disappearing daughter”
" When I was nineteen, I told my parents I had bulimia. They didn’t believe me. Or at least they didn’t believe it was the dark problem that it was.”
If you are struggling with any kind of eating disorder, you are sick enough and you deserve access to treatment and support.
“Within those few short years, I arrived at a choice between life or death and I chose life.”
“Eighteen months have now passed since I lost my boy and it still feels like it was a week ago”
“Knowing what I know now, lots of people deal with mental health issues. You do not need to feel alone or ashamed but you do need to keep fighting.”
“Find that one thing that you can sink your teeth into and don’t let it go, no matter what!”
"Whaiora describes her Dysthymia as a storm; It blew into her life with no warning and attempted to destroy everything in its path."
"My self-belief at the time was that people would be better off without me and with me gone, they wouldn’t stress so much.”