Guidelines for Personal Stories

Bodywhys is sometimes contacted by people who wish to share their experience of an eating disorder through the organisation’s website or social media accounts. Personal stories can play an important role in highlighting the impact of living with an eating disorder. In order to facilitate the sharing of personal stories which are safe and non-triggering Bodywhys asks that you try to:

  • Avoid highlighting detailed eating disorder behaviours
  • Avoid graphic descriptions of weight or methods of weight loss and control
  • Avoid use of potentially distressing photographs or imagery
  • Where possible, focus on feelings
  • If you further require clarification, please email Mary Crean info@bodywhys.ie

    Thanks to all those who contributed to this page, and helped to bring it alive. If you have a poem or other piece that you would like to submit please send it to Mary Crean info@bodywhys.ie

    All poems and stories that appear have been submitted and reprinted with the permission of the authors. Copyrights are retained by the original authors and you must contact us in order to obtain permission to reprint. Note: poems can sometimes be written by people trying to make sense of a very painful time in their lives, and thus you may find the content upsetting from time to time. DISCLAIMER: Bodywhys offers the Personal Stories Section as an outlet for personal expression. We are not responsible for the content and writing is hosted on the website unedited. Writing directly related to eating disorders will be prioritised.

    Anorexia, A distorted perception of self

    By Sharon

    Check out this blog post and personal story written by Sharon read more

    Untitled

    By B

    When the light comes in. It will come in, if u let it. My soul yearned for it but my head said no for quite ... read more

    I don't know how it started

    By Alf

    I don’t know how it started. I don’t know when it started. There was no event that I could point to that made me do ... read more

    Where Am I?

    By G.G.

    Where am I ? I peer in the glass that mirrors me But it's not me I see I glare and stare hard into her ... read more

    My Story Of Recovery

    By M.E.

    There have been many milestones in my life. A lot of them in my younger years marked the beginnings of traumatic and negative experiences. Thankfully, ... read more

    Claire's Story

    By Claire

    I suppose you could say that my eating disorder started at 14 but, as many people with disordered eating will tell you, the foundations were ... read more

    Tired

    By Audrey

    Do you think it's easy to carry this weight upon my head? Do you think it's easy to see the things I have to see? ... read more

    Chance

    By G

    Hey. I’m G, the girl who wrote "How Important It Is To Talk". Two years later I'm going on 20 and having the time of ... read more

    You're Strong Enough

    By R.D.

    Have you ever looked inside your soul? Or tried to see into your heart Wonder is it just you that feels this way If from ... read more

    A Story of a Recovered Compulsive Eater

    By Sarah

    I had no peace, no joy I just obsessed about my weight. I was focused on dieting and restricting and binging. I was never in ... read more

    My Story, by Helen

    By Helen

    While our past struggles do not define us, the past shapes our present self and our struggles make us stronger. I believe it is important ... read more