I have many things that I want to do with my precious life

At the start of 2019, I bought myself a new planner. I do this every year, relishing the opportunity to outline my short-term and long-term goals for the 12 months ahead.

Under the headline of ‘Family and Social’ goals, I had written “Spend more time with Granny”. I had been so unwell for so long, you see, and addiction can steal many things from you — money, health, friends — but one of the greatest things it steals from you is time.

When I was in the throes of my eating disorder, I found it difficult to be around other people for extended periods. I could maintain the mask of normalcy for only so long before I would need to be alone, slaking my thirst in the dark.

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