Monday, 27 February 2017

On the radio....

It's been a busy week
Last Monday did an interview with a local newspaper 
About my story 
And it bring EDAW 
It was very timely 
I did my best 
And I did it for all ED sufferers
Whether you are in the midst of your illness 
Or in recovery 
I did it for you 
The newspaper came out today 
It was a good article 
And both mine and Mary's main points were covered 
Today I did an interview on local radio
Which was an experience let me tell you 
Again Mary was with me 
And we both got through it 
At times I looked to Mary for support 
And she would give me a little wink to let me know I was doing ok 
I have to tell you 
It was nerve wrecking 
And I was a bit of a nervous wreck 
Sitting in the studio
Waiting for my cue
Was pretty terrifying 
But once I started to speak
I was ok
T he interviewer was very good 
And had obviously done some research about the subject
At one point
After he had asked a question
I am went completely blank
I couldn't remember the question
What I was talking about
And what the fell was going on
But somehow I managed to pick it up again
And I don't think it was noticed 
In the middle of the interview 
One of my friend texted in to the show 
And I have him a shout out which was funny
I really did my best though 
And try to cover the main points 
Dispel the myths 
And advice for people who are struggling 
All too soon 
It was over 
And the relief was massive 
I was glad just to have got through it 
And I hope it goes somewhat to help others who are suffering 
Tomorrow I have another interview on radio
And then I am finished thank God
I am not cut for this craic
It's exhausting 
But so worth doing 
I got some feedback after the interview 
It was all very positive 
And great to hear people's thoughts 

Helping people with an ED can be a minefield 
What do you say?
What do you not say?
When do you play good cop?
And when do you play bad cop?
I think you have to judge each case individually 
Sometimes it's appropriate to be gentle 
And sometimes stronger words are needed
I guess I am in the position now that I've seen the benefits of recovery 
And I know there is no need to suffer 
So it can be frustrating to watch someone self destruct again and again
I can only imagine what my family went through over the years 
Endless patience is a must when dealing with EDs
I am no poster girl for recovery 
I make mistakes every single day 
I say the wrong thing
Do the wrong thing
But I know that my heart is in the right place 
And I just want the best for those around me

I missed Coco today
Am going straight over to see him tomorrow adternoon
And tell him all about my adventures 
Because he has been part of my recovery too
He's part of the jigsaw puzzle that is my life and my recovery

If you would like to listen to the interview
You can find it on line 
Google Ocean FM
And look for the podcasts and Ruth's story
Now you know my real name 
But if you get a chance 
Have a listen
I'd love to know what you think...


  1. i'm so proud of how far you've come. you really have outdone yourself spectacularly. i'm sure the whole thing went by well!

    "But somehow I managed to pick it up again." it probably isn't. you're so hyperaware when it's yourself but honestly, looking at it from an outsider's prospective you were probably doing grand. i can't imagine anything short from you but brilliance though!

    i'm sure that you have helped a lot of people that are suffering.

    "I guess I am in the position now that I've seen the benefits of recovery
    And I know there is no need to suffer
    So it can be frustrating to watch someone self destruct again and again
    I can only imagine what my family went through over the years
    Endless patience is a must when dealing with EDs" that is so true. right now, even though i'm in a period where i'm struggling a little and making mistakes, it is nothing like it used to be. and i know that there has to be patience from you too. recovery is an extremely long process. and it doesn't ever really stop. one slip and it's so easy to relapse. so easy.

    "But I know that my heart is in the right place" that is the best thing about you. you are so willing to see the best in people. you are wonderful. your story is inspiring. you are inspiring. it is so great to feel like once before you were just knocking on death's door and now, here you are, like a phoenix, rising from the ashes. i am so so glad to live to see this.

    i'm hoping you have a wonderful week! unfortunately, i am pressed for time slightly as i have to go to the university soon but i don't need to listen to know to know that it is exceptional! because you are exceptional.

    - Sam Lupin

  2. Well I would have never guessed your name. You said it was close to Ruby (which it is) but I was way off base! Ha ha! I was thinking gemstones (Pearl) or fashionable nana names like Ivy.

  3. i think you spoke very clearly and bravely, mary seems lovely jo xx

  4. I am so proud of you! You have come so far!

  5. You really are a good speaker.

  6. I finally got around to listening to it. I'm so proud of you! It's also kinda weird to actually hear a blogger's voice :) You're a great public speaker though. I can see why you were approached to do that speech last year (the year before? I can't remember exactly).

    Keeping chugging along there Ruby :)



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