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#mylifeisahashtag

# NUMBER SIGN

Even though the "#" is now referred to as a hashtag, it was originally known as the number sign (or pound sign).

That # sign has controlled my life for almost 11 years.

# of days I made it without binging/purging - so many times I checked off calendar days, excited when I reached 3 days, 5 days, 7+ days, only to feel horrible when I slipped up...yet again.

# of calories I ate - always counting, aware, until a binge set in and I stopped counting because I already know it was a #writeoffday

# on the scale - celebrating every time I lost, beating myself up every time I gained, measuring my worth on the number on the scale.

...and so much more.

#HASHTAG

#bulimia #food #body #disorder #eatingdisorder #binge #battle #instarecovery #lonely #tired #defeated #thelasttime #startoveragain #helpless #isolation #powerless #hopeless...

Hashtags intrigue me. As someone who loves words, stories, and connection, I love that a simple hashtag can be so much. It can be your unique stamp in the world, share your story, be a way of connecting and a way to search topics, groups and community.

Whether as a number sign or a hashtag, the # has been part of my life for over a decade, and now I am learning to embrace the healthy side of it:

# of days, weeks, months, years of recovery

# of ways I feel healthier

# of things I am grateful for

#recovery #transformation #gratitude #byebyebulimia #healthylife #Fitspo and so on...

My hope is that as I share, the hashtags transform as I do.

To whomever may read this, thank you for joining me on this journey, and I hope somewhere along the way, it helps you know you aren't alone.