My story started when I was 14 years old at school in Year 9, when I was too anxious to eat in the lunch hall with everyone else.

This started my eating disorder.

I had CBT for a while, which didn’t work for me. I decided to try and tackle my issues without CBT, which made things much, much worse.

I was diagnosed with Atypical Anorexia Nervosa around 3 years ago.

Struggling though so much pain, but thanks to my family, friends and First Steps, I am now recovered and actively volunteer at First Steps, supporting young people through their recovery journey, and facilitating the weekly CYP Group.

I am in a place now where I can talk about my issues, and help others to recover also, which feels amazing.

I wouldn’t be where I am without First Steps, and all their amazing, continuous support.

My Eating Disorder does not define me. My mental health does not define me.