We Will All Be Free

This is my last blog post for Healthy Minds. It’s been a truly frightening process writing about my experience with bulimia and depression. That came as a huge surprise to me. I’ve confessed things to you that I hadn’t dared speak out loud to anyone. I’ve held my breath many times after pressing send. Telling … Continued

About Cynthia Alana

Cynthia has battled bulimia (and won), faced depression, and lived with anxiety throughout it all. After realizing she wanted to be a force of good in the world, she tried recovery for 6 months. It’s been years. Travel is her passion, and so is her job: writing for charities. You can follow Cynthia’s story on HMC’s Supportive Minds Blog, and additionally, you can connect with Cynthia on LinkedIn.


18 Bulimia Warning Signs: Is Someone You Care About Suffering?

When I was trying to keep my bulimia a secret, I would have hated it if my friends, roommates, or family read a post like this. It would have totally exposed me. So, a part of me didn’t want to write this post. But sometimes, the hardest thing to do is the right thing to … Continued

About Cynthia Alana

Cynthia has battled bulimia (and won), faced depression, and lived with anxiety throughout it all. After realizing she wanted to be a force of good in the world, she tried recovery for 6 months. It’s been years. Travel is her passion, and so is her job: writing for charities. You can follow Cynthia’s story on HMC’s Supportive Minds Blog, and additionally, you can connect with Cynthia on LinkedIn.


Do We Need a New Name?

For so long, bulimia was my identity. I had an eating disorder, but I was bulimic. Sometimes I took that name – bulimic – with pride. Other times, it was with shame. But I always took it. After all, it was a name I was given upon my diagnosis, just like I was given a … Continued

About Cynthia Alana

Cynthia has battled bulimia (and won), faced depression, and lived with anxiety throughout it all. After realizing she wanted to be a force of good in the world, she tried recovery for 6 months. It’s been years. Travel is her passion, and so is her job: writing for charities. You can follow Cynthia’s story on HMC’s Supportive Minds Blog, and additionally, you can connect with Cynthia on LinkedIn.


Are You Worth Anything?

I never asked the question. I never searched for the answer. I made an assumption. I hope you don’t make the same mistake. For a long time, I believed that I was worthless. I believed that I didn’t matter. I think depression does that to you. Actually, I’m certain. When you wake up and fall … Continued

About Cynthia Alana

Cynthia has battled bulimia (and won), faced depression, and lived with anxiety throughout it all. After realizing she wanted to be a force of good in the world, she tried recovery for 6 months. It’s been years. Travel is her passion, and so is her job: writing for charities. You can follow Cynthia’s story on HMC’s Supportive Minds Blog, and additionally, you can connect with Cynthia on LinkedIn.


Small Acts of Understanding Matter. A lot.

I would like to dedicate this post to all the people who want to make the world a better place. And to anyone who wants to make other people’s lives a little easier. As someone who has been on the receiving end of unexpected kindness and understanding, I salute you. Your actions may go unacknowledged, … Continued

About Cynthia Alana

Cynthia has battled bulimia (and won), faced depression, and lived with anxiety throughout it all. After realizing she wanted to be a force of good in the world, she tried recovery for 6 months. It’s been years. Travel is her passion, and so is her job: writing for charities. You can follow Cynthia’s story on HMC’s Supportive Minds Blog, and additionally, you can connect with Cynthia on LinkedIn.


I Knew Couldn’t Torture Her Anymore

When you hate yourself – and you hurt yourself –there’s very little reason to stop. At least for me. So before I could entertain the idea of being kind to myself, I needed to find a little self-love in my heart. Here’s how I did it. (I think it would be brilliant if you shared … Continued

About Cynthia Alana

Cynthia has battled bulimia (and won), faced depression, and lived with anxiety throughout it all. After realizing she wanted to be a force of good in the world, she tried recovery for 6 months. It’s been years. Travel is her passion, and so is her job: writing for charities. You can follow Cynthia’s story on HMC’s Supportive Minds Blog, and additionally, you can connect with Cynthia on LinkedIn.


Getting Dressed Gave Me Panic Attacks

It’s a terrible, tangled web, an eating disorder. A love-hate relationship. You might remember from my last post, Three Reasons I Loved Ed. There was so much love at first. I remember my sister came to visit me in university – second year – and I proudly proclaimed that I’d “lost 4 pounds.” It wasn’t … Continued

About Cynthia Alana

Cynthia has battled bulimia (and won), faced depression, and lived with anxiety throughout it all. After realizing she wanted to be a force of good in the world, she tried recovery for 6 months. It’s been years. Travel is her passion, and so is her job: writing for charities. You can follow Cynthia’s story on HMC’s Supportive Minds Blog, and additionally, you can connect with Cynthia on LinkedIn.


Three Reasons I Loved Ed

(Author’s Note: This blog post contains information that may make an eating disorder seem desirable. This is absolutely not the intention of the author.) If you read my first blog post, Days Defined by Calories: Cynthia’s Fight with Bulimia, you might have come away from it a little confused – especially if you read it … Continued

About Cynthia Alana

Cynthia has battled bulimia (and won), faced depression, and lived with anxiety throughout it all. After realizing she wanted to be a force of good in the world, she tried recovery for 6 months. It’s been years. Travel is her passion, and so is her job: writing for charities. You can follow Cynthia’s story on HMC’s Supportive Minds Blog, and additionally, you can connect with Cynthia on LinkedIn.


Days Defined by Calories: Cynthia’s Fight with Bulimia

I was sitting at my computer, eating microwaveable cheese cannelloni. It was big enough for two, if you paired it with a side salad. Or maybe some garlic bread. But I was hungry, having just got home from school, and ate the whole thing. While eating the cheesy, saucy goodness, I was ICQing with a … Continued

About Cynthia Alana

Cynthia has battled bulimia (and won), faced depression, and lived with anxiety throughout it all. After realizing she wanted to be a force of good in the world, she tried recovery for 6 months. It’s been years. Travel is her passion, and so is her job: writing for charities. You can follow Cynthia’s story on HMC’s Supportive Minds Blog, and additionally, you can connect with Cynthia on LinkedIn.