Recovery from an eating disorder is a deeply personal journey. It involves a total reconstruction of the self, learning how to function in the world without disordered thoughts questioning and condemning your every move. Isolation is tempting and very little makes sense anymore. It was in that isolation that this project began, giving me a chance to explore this new body that I had not wanted to accept as my own.
I’ve been recovering from an eating disorder for about two and a half years now, and it wasn’t until recently that I began to reach out to others who were going through the same process. By first sharing my story, I was able to expand my personal documentary photos out to encompass the lives of other young women in recovery around my age. This project, though ongoing, takes a first look at how we’re each coming to terms with the fact that this eating disorder is something we may never fully shake.