I’m lucky enough to have an awesome group of friends who have supported me and stuck by me over the past few years, despite the fact that I really was not myself.
My best friend Stephy is top of the list. She’s continued to put up with me and has been so unbelievably patient when I really haven’t deserved it.
We have an amazing friendship, which I think is pretty much unbreakable, but the ED definitely put it to the test. A bit of background: We’ve been best friends since birth (or at least, for as long as we can remember). Our two families are unbelievably close and she (along with her whole family) are some of the best and most important people in my life. They have been, and always will be, family to me.
On paper though it’s a friendship that really doesn’t make a lot of sense. We’re polar opposites in most ways and don’t have a hell of a lot in common, but somehow it’s always worked and actually continued to grow and become stronger through the years. Although we’re very different, we’ve always have one common interest: food. We both love to cook and to eat. We’ve shared so many amazing memories together (a lot of which involve food), from being young girls cooking Betty Crocker bikkies in the kitchen, to foodie adventures with our beautiful mums and midnight feast cook ups after big nights out.
Over the past few years our friendship has been under strain because we couldn’t be our usual selves. We couldn’t go out and enjoy food or stay in and cook together. But lately – I’m ecstatic to report – we’ve been getting back to normal and last weekend we were finally able to have a little dinner party and it was soooooo nice!
Steph cooked up an amazing feast for me, Matt and her partner James, and it was the first time in a long time we felt back to our old selves and like everything was as it should be.
Last weekend is just one more example to me of why recovery is non-negotiable. Our lives are meant to be full of friendships and good times, not isolation and anxiety. So thank you Steph for being a light in my life 🙂