For years, Stephanie had a secret she didn’t tell anyone about.
She suffered from an eating disorder.
While Stephanie is unable to pinpoint the moment her downward spiral began, she admits that as a teenager she struggled from a desire to live the perfect life, and began changing her eating habits in her late teens.
Stephanie’s eating habits soon began to seriously affect her health. While Stephanie knew she needed to make a change, at first she was reluctant to seek help.
After seeking initial help from her GP, at 24, Stephanie was diagnosed with anorexia nervosa and admitted as an inpatient at Wesley Hospital Ashfield. It was here Stephanie’s journey of recovery began. Across the course of a few years, Stephanie stayed at Wesley Hospital Ashfield over four separate occasions as part of her recovery.
Since being discharged from Wesley Hospital Ashfield earlier this year, Stephanie has continued her recovery journey with the help of Wesley Mission. Every week Stephanie attends a Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) program, run by Wesley Hospital Ashfield, which focuses on helping Stephanie manage her emotions.
Carol, Wesley Hospital Ashfield DBT Therapy Coordinator and Group Facilitator and key influencer in Stephanie’s recovery journey adds:
Giving back to others is now a major life focus for Stephanie. Currently studying a social work degree at Western Sydney University, Stephanie is eager to work for an organisation like Wesley Mission that offers support to young people leaving foster care through the Wesley Take Charge of Your Life program. Stephanie also has a passion to help eradicate misconceptions about eating disorders.