Emma's Story

Mindfulness, medication and her husband’s support helped Emma overcome people’s negative perceptions of her health problem. Anxiety had led to an eating disorder and depression. 

I got unwell and I wasn’t having the support I probably needed

You know, it doesn’t make them bad people, they’re just probably not the right person, at this time. Endometriosis played a huge role within my depression and anxiety because it’s something I can’t control.

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I had quite bad perception, of how I was

Constantly worrying about, how you look, how others are perceiving you. Anxiety for me was probably bigger than depression. It’s an awful, uneasy feeling. It’s like being a worry wart on steroids.  I developed an eating disorder from it.

Depression or anxiety is different for everyone

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Therapy played a huge roll in figuring out why I have an eating disorder and get anxious

Putting your hands up saying, okay I need help - that was a very hard thing to do. I’ve been teaching myself a lot more about mindfulness (and) try and come up with five positives a day.

There are things that can help you get through

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To keep well now, I do a bit of a mixture

Acupuncture is incredible for my pain and stress levels. Exercise is big -taking our puppy for walks and seeing her happy, makes me happy. My husband plays a huge role in my journey to being well

There are changes you can make to stay well

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He’s just full ball on my team, and that’s incredible in itself

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I set my own expectations

I take my medication and attend therapy

I celebrate my successes

I make music