Four years ago, Ben stopped playing Xbox Live with his friends. He used to do it all the time, but over that summer of 2009 as the eating disorder began to take over his life, he just stopped. Instead, he played on the Xbox in solitude. Today, however, he's hooked up to Xbox Live again, laughing and yelling with glee as he "fights" a couple of friends on some game or other.
And these are new friends, not the old friends who virtually deserted Ben. These are friends he's met down at Games Workshop.
It's yet another development in Ben's Life Without ED, as the eating disorder fades even more into the distance.
Then tomorrow he and I leave for Cornwall, for the sea-view holiday he won in a competition.
Bring on the Cornish pasties!!