January is a time for reflection, and Amelia Gray Hamlin has been thinking about how far she's come since she's opened up about her battle with an eating disorder. The hope was for Lisa Rinna's daughter to help others by sharing her journey to recovery, but it turned out that going public helped her heal as well.
"Three years ago around this time I went to seek help," The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills daughter wrote on Instagram over the weekend about her decision in 2018 to share her story. "Now that it is a new year, I cannot even begin to express how grateful I am for each and every one of you. When I first opened up about my disorder, I did not expect anyone to truly care or respond. The response I got was unimaginable."
Amelia's talked in the past about how telling the story of her recovery on social media has kept her from relapsing, and now she's sharing how much it truly meant to her.
"A lot of the time I think social media is extremely toxic, and makes my head go crazy. But- if I truly think about it, without this crazy platform, I may have never healed. The support I had was so large that I couldn’t ever think of letting any of you guys down. I felt like it was my job as a role model to heal," Amelia wrote.
"I don’t love to talk about my eating disorder much anymore, as I do not want it to define me. But I do strongly believe that it happened to me for a reason. Of course, that sounds absurd. But I wouldn’t be half of the person that I am today if it hadn’t happened to me," she continued, adding, "I am really grateful to have come out the other end, stronger and more resilient than imaginable."
There's power that comes from being real on Instagram, Amelia noted.
"I believe that we should continue to use this platform that our generation is so lucky to have - to help," she wrote. "I love seeing photos of people living their best lives, but let’s be real. We’re all human. We all have battles. We all stay up at night thinking about what we’re going through. But that is what makes us individuals. Without these hard times we would all be the same. Embrace your hardships, embrace your struggles."
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