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Hi, I'm pretty new here so I probably haven't "met" most of you before. I have anorexia and although I'm recovering now I did get pretty ill and was off school for 5 months. Just in September I was assessed by the eating disorders unit of a hospital and told that I had to be admitted the following week. Luckily I managed to turn things around and start putting on weight so I was allowed to stay at home.

I don't like talking about these things usually because I don't want to seem like an attention seeker. But my Mum has said that once my weight is restored (hopefully next summer) and I'm signed off by CAMHS (child and adolescent mental health service here in England), we can get a chihuahua. I've wanted a dog all my life and a chi since I was ten years old, I've saved up my money, read hundreds of chi/dog books and gone to every show in the area. I guess you could say I've been "chi obsessed" for the best part of six years.

Anyway, I want to recover as quickly as possible so I'm well and healthy enough to care for a dog. As you can see, if I can barely walk I could not exercise an energetic puppy. So I was wondering if anyone had any advice on recovery either from experience or not. Please understand though that I don't want to talk about weights, BMIs, calories, or how you got ill in the first place because I don't want to be "triggered". I want to get better for that chi!
 

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Not really got any tips for recovery but I know once you get a chi you will get obsessed by him/her! They seem to have that effect on people.
Hopefully that will redirect any obsessive thoughts re food/your looks etc. Keep up the good work with your recovery...you need to be fit and healthy to keep up with chi demands!

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I don*t have any advice on the eating, other that you have to eat and be able to move around if you are going to have a dog, at least a happy dog ! It is more time consuming than a child even..it*s hard work, and always putting someone over yourselv isn*t for everyone :) I haven*t been away from my Baby one single day in over 6 years. He is outside running and sniffing for minimum 4 hours a day, he has lots of friends and is a super activ boy, always alert and ready to go ! And so smart too, always five moves ahead ! It is very hard work spoiling a Chihuahua, and like I said, it isn*t for everyone. They are very expressive dogs, and you can easily see if they are happy or not. At least my boy is, he is just like Victoria Beckham in a dog, hahaha...never satisfied :D Good luck to you ! XOXO
 

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Hey hun, first off well done for wanting to turn your life around your incredibly brave so well done!
So your going to get a chi how exciting !! Have you thought about of you want a long coat or short coat yet ?

My sister had a similar issue a long time ago, I was very young but I remember that fizzy drinks really helped her. I also remember that her putting on weight took time and the right attitude, like you have. You have overcome the first steps and what better incentive than becoming a mummy to a chi !!

I'm seeing my sister today (who is now 30 and had the eating disorder at 17) I will ask her for you how she over come it. It's still something she doesn't like to talk about but I'm sure she can give some tips to help you out. I will pm you with what she says.

You seem like a great person and I know your chi when you get him/ her will love you lots and lots. If you ever need a chat or just someone to listen im here for you as sometimes its easier to talk to people you don't know. Also if you find a breeder or a chi you really like I can help you do some checks and see of they are healthy etc via online.

You heading in the right direction so well done. :)
 

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There was another young member here who got her Chi to help her overcome her anorexia. I can't remember her username, but if you search you should be able to find her posts. She did really well with her recovery, but doesn't come on here any more.
 

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Thanks so much for all the supportive replies, you have no idea how much it means to me and it's fantastic to know there are so many kind people out there. I'm grinning for the first time in ages right now :D . I feel so stupid for letting myself get ill in the first place but I'm determined to get better. It's so reassuring to hear that someone else was able to overcome this and got her chihuahua - I bet she more than deserved it and I'll have a look for her posts.

Sammyp, your sister sounds like a very brave person and you must be too. I know things have been just as hard for my family as they have been for me. I'm trying my best to look forwards to the day when I can get my chi because I truly believe that he or she will fill a hole in my life. I'd love to hear how your sister managed her recovery though if it's too hard for her to talk about, I'd completely understand.

I have been considering whether to get a LC or SC but I honestly can't decide - they're both equally adorable! I think I will just have to wait and see which puppy I fall in love with. I'm in the UK so I'm planning on contacting the BCC to see whether there are any breeders in my area with puppies avaliable but I'd definitely welcome any reccommendations :) . I guess all that will have to come nearer the time though, next summer seems so far away.
 

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i wish u the best of luck on recovering :albino: chihuahuas are simply ... chihuahuas <3 u'll know what that means when u have one of ur own! :lol:
Thank you! I'm doing very well and I'm finally finally back to school on a part time basis (after missing over five months - but never mind). Hopefully next summer I'll have put on all the weight and be getting my chi :-D
 

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Thank you! I'm doing very well and I'm finally finally back to school on a part time basis (after missing over five months - but never mind). Hopefully next summer I'll have put on all the weight and be getting my chi :-D
u go do your school thing and make the time fly by so next summer will arrive! :coolwink:
 

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Good for you going to school!!! Just take it one day at at a time.

You know, when you are a mom, doesnt matter if it is human or 4 legged, you will want to be healthy to care for your baby. A chi is wonderful motivation and your thoughts will not be preoccupied on your situation.. and it will be far more easier to stay well.

Do not feel "stupid" , everyone goes through something in their lives, some sort of personal struggle, but it does not define who you are as a person, it adds character to you for being strong to fight whatever comes your way. You might have a set back, you might not. For me, I see someone with a good head on their shoulders and that, to me, means you are going to be a great chi mama!

I cant want to read a post from you saying that you are on your way to pic up your baby!
 

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I have had many friends with eating disorders.
My advice is surround yourself with positive, loving people only. Those who want you healthy!
It may sound silly, but I have seen it again and again with my friends, they surround themselves with skinny people (not naturally thin but anorexic or bulimic or even both) Those people don't help at all, unless they are also getting help and trying to get better.

I think you are in the right path, you have admitted to have a problem, that's very important.
It may sound harsh but cut out of your life negative people. Once you are strong enough you can be friends with all kind of people, negative ones as well if that's what you wish.

In one of my friends case that person was her mom, she used to call her fat and ugly, the worst thing is that she was in reality skinny due to NOT eating and very beautiful. My friend one day finally decided to move out and cut her off till she got better and now they are friends, because she knows who she is and her value.

I think dogs and animals in general, are wonderful creatures capable of changing us for the better. A chihuahua is the best companion you could ever ask for. I wish you luck and a full recovery.

I just want to say that all I write here is my opinion only and the result of my own experiences.


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