If you’re reading this, I’d like to welcome you and give you a hug.

Maybe you’re the parent or loved one of someone suffering with an eating disorder. Perhaps you’re in the throes of anorexia yourself. Maybe you think you may have the beginning stages of disordered eating. Or perhaps you’re on the journey to recovery.

Whatever has brought you here, I hope that through the story of my brokenness, and redemption through the Lord, you are able to find hope, encouragement, advice, healing, support, and comfort.

This blog chronicles my journey from severe anorexia to recovery, and every twist and turn along the way. The blog posts are meant to be read from beginning to end, as a book. (( Glorious Wounds is the Introduction.)) So I would suggest reading “up” — starting from my oldest post, and working backwards to the most recent. This is my first post.

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I must warn you that the beginning is very dark — intense, raw, and despairing. It is an uncensored view into my mind when I was deep in my anorexia. However, I chose to be vulnerable and share that utter brokenness — that wreckage — in order for you to truly grasp the gravity of the disease, and how sincerely meaningful freedom through Christ has been in my life.

I also hope that you’ll find the resources section of my blog helpful. If you or a loved one is suffering with disordered eating habits, please seek professional help.

With that being said, I am not a doctor. I’m not a therapist, dietician, counselor, psychiatrist, etc. I’m just a girl. Who had a severe case of anorexia. And who is journeying through recovery, one day at a time. I’m just sharing my story with the hopes that it will help even one person.

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1,716 thoughts on “Read This First

  1. Thanks for liking my post, I like the title of your blog, sums it up perfectly. As a teenager I suffered an assault, the trauma of which made me stop eating..and lose a lot of weight! God helped me through, so thanks for helping others with your experiences here. God bless.

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  2. […] If you are not familiar with her, Caralyn has just celebrated her 10th anniversary of recovery from anorexia.  She has blogged about her recovery since 2015 and is inspirational.  25,000+ followers think so.  I wrote an article about her IN January 2016, Beauty and the (ED) Beast, in case you’d like a fuller description.  If you really want the full impact of her ministry, start at the beginning. […]

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  3. Hey Caralyn, I have a big ask. You how I’m always right? I have a youth mental health workshop coming up on May 27 (details at https://www.come2life.net) and today I had a brainwave and I believe I’m right about it.
    Would you please be wiling to create a short video (less than 3 minutes) that tells your story? I’m thinking highlights: struggle, turn around, recovery journey today. The emphasis would be on help, hope, and healing. We would then include your video in our workshop to encourage youth to ask for help and give them hope – we would be changing lives, setting captives free!
    This would be so valuable I am even willing to offer you some funds, keeping in mind I have no budget and it would be Canadian funds. Please, please, please.

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  4. Looking good Caralyn, You, lol, who would have thought eh? and also the great work of hope for others starting to take shape here. Your courage in being open will empower others to follow suit and be set free.
    God Bless and thanks for all the likes. Nanny.

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  5. I’m remiss thanking you for visiting my site and liking a couple of my posts. It means a lot to me, I’m still quite new to blogging and it feels great to have pieces liked. You are clearly doing important work on your blog, being very open and vulnerable about your experiences to help others and that is something to be incredibly proud of.
    Best wishes,
    Leslie

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  6. Hey, this is a beautiful blog. I’m looking forward to unraveling the gems you’ve poured all over it.:-) It so accurately reminds me of my own struggle with depression.

    PS: Thank you for liking my post. It means so much.

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  7. Hey Caralyn, I don’t know if you remember but last year I posted my Essential Meditations over at “the Grace Apparatus” blog which is no longer there, sadly. You had liked some of the devotions and I wanted to let you know that I have a new site up now. I’m also getting ready to publish those devotions as a book. Anyway, not to be sleazy in self-promoting, but I wanted to invite you to come take a look if you’re interested. My site is http://genebrodejr.com Thanks!

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  8. Just a great blog! I was able to refer it to some of my friends via email, and I know it’ll help them as it does others! 😀 Thanks for liking my post, I’m a new blogger so everything helps, and thanks for ultimately leading me here.

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  9. […] Beauty Beyond Bones is a blog written by a young woman named Caralyn who is recovering from anorexia.  Her posts are always inspirational and uplifting, especially if someone you love is a victim of this terrible disease.  Her most recent post is called Something’s Gotta Give and I encourage you to read it right now. […]

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  10. Hi! Thanks for reading some of my devotions. I’ve started reading your story and it was hard to stop reading; I need to get to bed now but I hope to finish reading it soon. Your story is incredible and you write very well. Thank you so much for your devotion to God by ministering to others through this blog. I praise God for you! Keep up the great work. Blessings in Christ!

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  11. Thank you for liking my post. I’m hopeful in reading yours as I myself have just come into recovery, not only from alcohol but from my first life. I wish you much luck in your future. 🙂

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  12. Thank you for liking many of my posts at reflectionsofalaycatholic.com. I’ve been reading some of yours and you have a fine blog here! You’re helping a lot of people and I like that you’re not afraid to let it be known that you had help from the Lord. Keep up your good work and God bless!

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  13. Hi Beauty!
    I want to thank you. You’ve been such a faithful supporter of SCW. I really appreciate you. Your blog is awesome, very inspirational the pictures of you are great. Be encouraged! Keep up the good work.

    God Bless You!

    SCW

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  14. I’m so glad that you liked my posts which in turn led me to your blog – what a blessing! I’ve also struggled with eating disorders in the past and I’m looking forward of reading your posts as you share your journey:-)

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  15. Thanks for visiting my blog. Your story of becoming whole is spirit directed. It takes courage and confrontation to let go of what no longer serves. Bless you and many blessings on your work and journey. I write psychological and spiritual poetry and published Winters Mystery-Time To Go Within:Spiritual journeying. It is my story journeying towards wholeness.. prblumhagenauthor.wordpress.com

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  16. My ex-girlfriend suffered from an eating disorder, and no amount of me telling her that she was beautiful, regardless, could persuade her from her reckless path. The more people who hear stories such as yours, the better we will all be for it.

    Stay strong, and hold happiness wherever you might find it.

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  17. You are an inspiration! What you have been through can be seen from so many different points of view, but you choose to give glory to God for freeing you. As it should be! You go girl! You have big rewards waiting for you in heaven. Keep spreading the good news through your desktop ministry!
    xx Hugs xx
    Heather

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