Wow! it's been over a month now since I joined beat! does time fly or what?
My name is Sian, I joined the Welsh-bit of beat, beat Cymru, as Project Officer.
I have never worked for a charity before. When I saw the post advertised it struck a chord immediately! I suffered with an eating disorder as a teenager, and although I have been recovered now for many years (I'm not going to be more specific - otherwise you'll know that I am now 34!!!!!!!!!), I still find it difficult to talk about, particularly with people who don't really understand.
When I researched beat, before applying for the post, it was a truly eye-opening experience, I was awestruck... reading about the work they do, their wonderful volunteers, the support for carers... so many amazing people.
I knew that if something like beat had exsisted when I went through it, it would have helped so much! Looking back I can see I was lucky to have a supportive (if ill-informed) family and a supportive boyfriend (who is now my lovely husband!).
I also knew, that I wanted this post! I wanted to help others to see that Eating Disorders CAN be beaten and I wanted to be there for people who have been through, what I have been through...
And my first month...? I can't stop smiling :-)