(25) Hannah Darvas: Eating Disorder Recovery

Hannah Darvis is an advocate for Mental Health Awareness and is in recovery for an eating disorder. She has personally experienced Bulimia for the past 9 years. For about five years nobody knew her struggle until one day she realized she needed to come clean or else the eating disorder would kill her.

Even if it takes you years you will get there. Keep believing in you. There is light at the end of the tunnel.

                                                                      -Hannah Darvis

  • “Wow. I can’t even believe that this is me. I’m shocked. It’s time we speak up about mental illness; for good.9th July 2015, not even that long ago. Totally consumed by a world that I thought was saving me.  In a bid to rid my life of bulimia, I’d fallen into a trap that was equally as dangerous; orthorexia. Clean eating was killing me. 

  • Crippled by body dysmorphia and the full belief that I was ‘fat’, my obsession with avoiding certain foods had lead me to spiral even closer to ill health and malnourishment. The misinformation on the Internet only condoning my lifestyle. I remember at the time of this picture believing that my body was too big, that I wasn’t worthy of happiness, that food was my enemy and the only way that I could continue with life was by avoiding all that I loved, suffocating myself with ‘safety’ and running a mile from all social situations thanks to a little friend of mine called anxiety.

  • I guess what I’m saying is that your mind is a powerful place. Listening to your demons can compromise not only your own life, but the lives of those around you too. Choosing your role models is important. Just because someone has 10,000 followers does not make them a worthy role model. Just because they are talented in a certain field does not mean that they know all of the answers. Just because they are smiling does not mean they’re happy.

  • I’m sorry that I was once the girl portraying a message that was false. I’m sorry that I smiled through the pain when instead I should have been sharing it. I could say I’m sorry that I let myself reach the point where my bones pierced through my skin and my face looked so gaunt, but in fact, I’m not. I’ve learnt the hard way how to pull myself out of a situation where my brain had the capacity to dictate and rule my life. Today I am strong, I have my body, my life and my energy back, and despite the occasional down day, I’m so proud to be me.”







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