Anorexia is a debilitating disease and in most cases, the illness stays with its victims for the rest of their lives. In fact, some studies showed that this disorder has the highest mortality rate among other psychological disorders.
Having the condition, however, doesn’t mean it’s the end of the world. Here are some stories that show there is still hope after being diagnosed with anorexia:
The Mom Who Challenged Her Daughter
Most people with anorexia fight their battles on their own. Ruth Jenkinson, however, was lucky enough to have her mother, Dolly, join and support her on her journey.
Ruth’s disorder started when she was 13. Dolly recalls the years on end she spent keeping her daughter company during treatments and GP visits, and the instances she signed the papers to hospitalize her. She remembers how Ruth’s disorder got to a point where it almost killed her. Dolly decided to step up her game and invented a way to help her daughter deal with anorexia.
So how did Dolly solve her daughter’s plight? She challenged her daughter to a calorie-controlled “pact.” Ruth had to gain the weight that Dolly lost. She admits that it is not something she can defend in medical terms, but it worked for both Ruth and her. It allowed Dolly to lose 42 pounds and for Ruth to gain 28.
The Girl Who Gained Weight to Conceive
Hayley Wilde developed anorexia when she was 11. When she was 16, she stood 5 feet 7 inches but weighed just a little over 70 pounds. She stayed in the hospital for several months — she was fed through a tube, her periods stopped coming, and her hair started to fall out. Her condition was so bad that doctors told her she had but 10 days to live if she didn’t start putting on weight.
Hayley spent seven weeks receiving treatment. The unwavering support from her family, plus the bliss of a new love, encouraged her to reach a healthy weight. Three years after the doctors warned her that she didn’t have long to live, she showed everyone it was possible to overcome the condition in the most beautiful: she gave birth to a healthy baby boy.
Hope for People with Anorexia
Anorexia kills, it is a fact, and it is a disease that affects ordinary people and celebrities alike. One of the most notable anorexia-related deaths of a celebrity, and perhaps the earliest recognized case, was that of Karen Carpenter in the 80s.
Anorexia starts as a simple, seemingly harmless diet and consequently, weight loss. Once the disorder gets a hold of its victim, however, it translates into an unhealthy obsession with paring the body down. It destroys not just the person’s health, but the mind and spirit as well. It can cause relationships and entire lives to spiral out of control — permanently.
That sort of thinking is all in the past now, however. With the arrival of centers that offer treatment for anorexia, hope is near for those with the disease. According to a new research by the Massachusetts General Hospital, it is possible to overcome anorexia. For that to happen, however, the presence of two factors is imperative: time and patience.