Six word recovery stories

Ernest Hemingway was rumored to have been challenged to write a story in just six words. His masterpiece?

For sale, baby shoes, never worn.

( raises some doubts as to how true this story was, but it’s still a haunting piece.)

This story and the whole six word autobiography craze got me thinking about whether we could put together some good six word recovery stories.

A few of mine:

Start eating, keep eating, never stop.

But it is about the food.

Fall down? Get right back up.

Your task, dear readers, is to share your own six word recovery story. Ideally, I will include them in my book and share a compilation of all them on the blog.

So what are you waiting for? Start sharing!

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68 Responses to “Six word recovery stories”

  1. Each day is okay to restart.

    My perspective will catch reality eventually.

    My brain lies, food does cure.

  2. Can I have a four-word one?

    ‘stop trying; start living’ 🙂

  3. enjoy the moment, forget the pain.

  4. My son deserves a healthy mommy.

  5. Wait it out. It WILL get better.

    (7 words, sorry Carrie!)

  6. Practice self-care, then share the love.

  7. To paraphrase Elvis:
    Little less conversation, little more action

    Blame ED for pain, not recovery

    Anorexia told lies, health is awesome

    ED is dead, long live Katie

    This is fun!

  8. Can I ever leave this behind?

  9. Whatever ED says, do the opposite.

  10. My life is worth the fight.

  11. Recovery: keep calm and carry on.

    Slips are part of life. Perservere.

    Start. Stop. Retart. Slip. Keep going.

    Step by step is good walking.

  12. It is hard but worth it.

    Eating disorders suck. Recovery does not.

  13. Ok – this one is 7 words, but its often my “intention” when I go to yoga – helps refocus me in my recovery –

    Love your body, Love yourself, be Loved

    and then sometimes I use this –

    Take care of yourself, be yourself

  14. re: my ed:

    I crave emptiness that kills me.

    re: recovery:

    Let go, take in, find life.

  15. The glory of God is man fully alive. (That was eight words, I know, but it’s the thought that has kept me going. I want to be fully alive!)

    Great post idea. I loved reading everyone’s and I will check in later to read more.

  16. Life is worth braving anxiety’s jaws.

  17. No more life should be squandered.

  18. Needing to know that it’s okay.

    Just relax…just relax…Justin, relax.

    Stop giving a f*ck. Good luck.

    Today – okay. Yesterday – not so much.

    Tomorrow will come. I’ll greet it.

  19. two steps forward, one step back.

  20. Thriving and flourishing beat simply existing.

  21. I’m trying to be normal again.

  22. In trash, size zero, never again.

    This six word line replays in my head almost daily, but needs a small backstory to have the most meaning. One awful “relapsy” night I was talking to my boyfriend about how I felt more comfortable when I could “feel my bones”. He said, “Don’t lose weight, just press harder!”

    It made me giggle. And, though I know this was not his intention, spoke to a deeper meaning about recovery. It reminded me that, if I ever started to feel like relapsing again, I needed to remember to press harder at recovery!


  23. Here’s a couple:
    A mother, learning to mother me.

    Dug myself up; redesigning the structure.

    Thanks, Carrie!


  24. There’s more to life than bones.

  25. We are better without Ana’s help.

  26. Fighting to get my life back.

    Learning to walk without anorexia’s crutch.

    Scared to eat, scared not to.

    I wish for a better life.

    PS. Love your blog Carrie, you are an inspiration 🙂

  27. Just eat and see what happens.

  28. These are not original but borrowed from some of my favorite quotes:

    When going through hell keep going
    This too shall pass, now please!
    One day/meal at a time.
    Grant me serenity, courage, wisdom, acceptance
    DBT-Use my Skills-Radical Acceptance-Mindfulness-

  29. Try. Fail. Try again. Fail better.

  30. Recovery is hard but worth it.

    My kids need their mommy. Alive.

    It is darkest before the dawn.

    I am worth fighting for. ALWAYS.

    loving the other answers! Such a great post, Carrie and great answers as well 🙂

  31. Your life is always worth it.

    It’s okay to ask for help.

  32. Down, up, down, up, down, UP.

    Former suffering transformed into brilliant success.

    From the depths into the heights.

    Take one bite at a time.

    Gaining weight, gaining perspective, gaining life.

    Slow and steady wins the race.

    Get ED OUT of your head!!

  33. Worried woman, growing weary, finds strength.

  34. Too much, too little, try right.

  35. No more discarded lunchboxes in trashcans.

    Convincing yourself it’s just a banana.

    Having ice cream with friends again.

  36. Overwhelm does not mean quit.

    Being alone is not loneliness.

    ED isn’t my lover nor my friend. (okay that’s 7)

    Fall, get back up, fall again…

  37. Neverending battle of wills and won’ts.

    Send ED to Coventry…or further…

    Dump ED – find your TRUE freinds.

    Read Carrie’s blogs whenever you can!!!

  38. little steps on a big path…

  39. •I found balance amidst the extremes.

    •Thought I couldn’t. Then I did.

    •Started living when I stopped obsessing.

  40. Who do you want to be?

  41. Love this is idea, Carrie. Many dog people do a six-word memoir summing up their own dogs when they pass away.

    A few off the top of my head:

    Recovery is healing from your pain.

    Eating is one step to life.

    Eating is fuel for your dreams.

    Food is really not an enemy.

    From darkness, we can find hope.

    Healthy means letting go of ED.

    Part of recovery is finding yourself.

    Relapse does not mean you’ve failed.

    Recovery takes time, always be patient.

    Don’t be so hard on yourself.

    Today doesn’t have to be tomorrow.

    Having a supportive network is helpful.

    Learning to free yourself is hard.

    You never know until you try.

    There is a life beyond ED.

    Life is beautiful, take a look.

  42. Punitive starvation just makes me fatter.

  43. Screw insight; eat the next meal.

  44. recovery, it is in the grays.

  45. Someday your pain will be rewarded.

  46. Wish I could stop, but can’t
    Keep going, always fight
    Keep chewing until it’s gone

  47. The mirror is but a liar

    I am truley beautiful to someone

  48. I am no sicker than you.

    Cakes and ale? No…yes, please.

  49. There will be beauty from ashes.

    Remind yourself each day: I’m beautiful.

  50. Taking my life back from annorexia

    Never again will I live half alive (seven sorry!)

    *Your blog is great!*

  51. Bliss: Beauty Lies in Self-Satisfaction

  52. Eat to recover, then never stop

  53. recovery is worth whatever it takes.

  54. breathe in. breathe out. i am.

  55. try. one bite at a time.

    never give in to your thoughts.

    when you think you can’t, eat.

  56. The only way out is through

    my comfort zone is killing me

  57. Be yourself. Everyone else is taken.

    Thanks, Carrie, just for being you.

  58. *Use Kaitlyn’s voice, destroy ED’s choice

    *Death is no way to live

    *Be assertive, regain control, enjoy freedom!

  59. I forgot to say my favorite one last time I commented. I have often lately had to remind myself that…

    Recovery’s a process not an event.

  60. Speak Louder and Life will follow.

    Avoidance does not solve the issue.

  61. Ate right. Lost weight. Got sick.

  62. Food never f%^&ing goes away.

  63. Thought it mattered, but it didn’t.

    Don’t have time to not eat.

    What happens if they find out?

  64. The first step is always hardest.

  65. This is shit.
    i want that.

  66. no one-size-fits-all solution

    experiment, experience, adjust, accept, pray, persevere

    loving myself through ups and downs