balances. Medical professionals can monitor vital signs, levels and
physical conditions along with treatment to help you get better.
Because this illness is mostly psychological, there are no medications
used for treatment. Instead, a proper diet and therapy are
necessary to bring yourself back to a healthy state. By ruling out a
THE ROAD TO RECOVERY
It’s important to understand that an illness such as this cannot
be treated overnight. Every step in the direction towards health is a
small victory that eventually brings you to where you need to be. Be
gentle with yourself.
Work with a dietitian, nutritionist or program that will help
you set goals. Make a list of steps to take that will bring your body
and mental state back to a healthy place. Put together a meal plan
to bring yourself to an ideal and healthy weight while also work to
develop a different relationship to food.
pair it with cognitive therapy for continued progress and success.
There is a mental process associated with wellness and it’s advantageous
to talk, share, and receive support through your recovery.
Anorexia is not a lifestyle choice—it’s an illness that slowly
breaks down your mental and physical capacities. Examine your behaviors
and accept them for what they are without making excuses.
It’s OK to feel! Give yourself time to process the emotions that are
less than attractive to look at. It’s out of the darkness that light appears
and help is always available. A healthy, happy life is available
for you and it begins with one step.
WHEN TO SEEK MEDICAL ATTENTION
If the above resonates with anything you’re experiencing, it’s
time to see a doctor.
Medical attention doesn’t have to be scary. Perceive it as a moment
of clarity that’s bringing you closer to your desired result of
being a healthy, happy human being.
help to lift your spirits during the process.
Always approach someone you feel is suffering with anorexia,
or any illness, with kindness and love. Most people who suffer
from this illness are inclined to be in denial about what’s happening
to them and will withdraw from anyone they feel is preaching or
place, but they will be pushed away if their approach is not subtle
Look for Part 2 of this Series in the
March/April issue of FLORIDA WOMEN MAGAZINE
: One Woman’s Battle with Anorexia
Nervosa, candidly shares Wendy’s 47 year personal struggle living with Anorexia
Nervosa, a potentially life threatening illness. Included in this up-close snapshot are
reasons why she latched on to this unhealthy coping mechanism. The book contains
poignant writings penned more than 30 years ago while hospitalized for Anorexia
Nervosa in Massachusetts as well as more recent hospitalizations in Florida.
Born in Worcester, MA on March 6, 1955. Despite living with
is an award winning writer who has published two
Struggle With Anorexia Nervosa and The Latke Man.
A magna cum laude graduate of the State University of
New York at New Paltz, Wendy was the recipient of a
prestigious journalism scholarship from Rotary International
for graduate study abroad.Wendy is a volunteer
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