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Jessica

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2016-04-03

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Welcome to Every Step, Another Story. After several months in treatment for Anorexia, I am.. determined to use this blog to show that positivity can always be created from negative situations.

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  • One Assignment at a Time...
    on Dec 6, 2016
    I knew that starting university was going to push me. I knew that studying nutrition and public health was not going to be easy. But what I did not know is how proud of myself I would feel after tackling some seemingly small challenges. Every lecture...
  • Mental Health Awareness Project
    on Aug 25, 2016
    As many of you know, I have decided to use my personal experience of suffering with a mental health condition to make a positive difference in the way that such illnesses are perceived in society. This is mostly seen through my writing efforts on my...
  • One Week of Holiday Blues at a Time...
    on Aug 22, 2016
    How do you reintroduce somebody back to the reality of life after they have had the most incredible time away exploring Europe. Arrive home to a text from the doctors to say that you have an appointment for blood tests and ECG’s the following day?
  • One Voyage of Discovery at a Time...
    on Aug 15, 2016
    18 days, 11 destinations and 52 new friends- my Contiki European Whirl tour was by far the most rewarding experience of my life. I have no idea how I am going to condense every memory and accomplishment into this post, as I enjoyed every single secon...
  • What Can Happen In a Year...
    on Jul 22, 2016
    I just want to apologise in advance if this transformation image has a negative impact on anybody, but I just wanted to prove to myself, and everybody else that is suffering with Anorexia, that recovery is so worth it. Do not get me wrong, it is the...
  • One Need for Control at a Time...
    on Jul 21, 2016
    My eating disorder is primarily driven by the need for control. As my illness progressed, this became an absolute compulsion in all situations. Food products, meal preparation and timings were gradually manipulated, to ensure that I had control over...
  • One Family Occasion at a Time...
    on Jul 14, 2016
    With my family dispersed all over the country, seeing close relatives is a rare, yet hugely special occasion. Recently, I have had the pleasure of making the journey down south to see two sides of the family for two separate events. Now when I say th...
  • One Anniversary at a Time...
    on Jul 7, 2016
    Thursday 16th July 2015- the day I walked through the door of Rharian Fields Specialist Eating Disorder Unit as a voluntary inpatient. Emaciated, desperate and exhausted; I admitted defeat to a long battle with my mind and my body. Unable to live a l...
  • One Research Study at a Time...
    on Jul 1, 2016
    The ongoing development of treatment options for eating disorders is something that I have always been curious about. At the start of my own treatment, I was under the impression that the only way you can recover was to have self-motivation. I tried...
  • One Meal Out at a Time...
    on Jun 27, 2016
    The most common social event, yet unfortunately, the most common trigger of overwhelming anxiety. Vast menus containing dishes with unknown ingredients, and being served in unknown portion sizes; the whole process is full of daunting notions. In my p...
  • One Successful Event at a Time...
    on Jun 19, 2016
    I have always been a very keen fundraiser. As a child I always wanted to get involved in helping charities or people in need. With my friends I helped to arrange coffee mornings in the village hall, collections of necessities to be sent to those in e...
  • One Fundraiser at a Time...
    on Jun 9, 2016
    On the 18th June, it is our village's annual event- Eastrington Show. This year I have decided to set up a stall, which will have a raffle, a guessing jar and the opportunity to have a go at Play Your Cards Right! Obviously I hope that the stall will...
  • One Week of Joy at a Time...
    on Jun 6, 2016
    “Just be prepared Jess, this week may set you back. It is going to be a real challenge you know.” For days, weeks and even months before my departure to Majorca, this mental pep talk echoed the warnings I had listened to during my various appoint...
  • One Achievement at a Time...
    on May 21, 2016
    I have done it! I have completed my business administration apprenticeship! Granted it has taken longer than expected, but with an incredibly supportive team of colleagues, I have managed to come out of this hellish period of my life with an achievem...
  • One Baking Session at a Time...
    on May 15, 2016
    A new day, and I am ready for another challenge! Even saying that frustrates me. When has anybody ever referred to baking as a challenge? Yes, maybe when perfecting an identical array of petit four to meet the standards of The Ritz; but never for a b...
  • One Honest Reflection at a Time...
    on May 12, 2016
    I am struggling. I am openly admitting to myself that I am struggling. The torturous, tantalising tentacles of my Anorexia have managed to gradually coil around my ankles; pulling me under the body of water that just a few weeks ago, I was buoyantly...
  • One General Overlook at a Time...
    on May 5, 2016
    I am sure that I am not the only one when I say I have trouble accepting my body. I think it is something that we all struggle with, but most people do not let it rule their life. I wish I was one of the few that don’t care what they look like as l...
  • A Special Announcement...
    on Apr 28, 2016
    My commitment and passion to making a change in the way that mental health is viewed and dealt with in the UK has seen me embark on some exciting projects. My blog, being a guest speaker, attending radio interviews, becoming a columnist for The Yorks...
  • 4 Things That Launching a Mental Health Awareness Campaign Is Teaching Me
    on Apr 21, 2016
    1.     Speaking out is still a massive issue within society. There have been lots of people that have been very supportive about my own video for #ThePressurePlate, yet many of them have avoided doing a video themselves. Why is th...
  • #ThePressurePlate Campaign
    on Apr 15, 2016
    For some time now, I have been eager to start a campaign to raise awareness about mental health and eating disorders, and fundraise for two charities that are very close to my heart. SEED Eating Disorder Support Service has been an incredible help to...
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