Sadly that glimpse of medical drama is not a television show, it was my reality show. It was time to change the channel, fire the director and cancel the program. I was diagnosed with anorexia nervosa at the age of 15.Spread out some pictures from various stages of my life, and you can see the illness evolve right before your eyes.As a junior-high student who wanted to be good at something but had tried and failed at every other sport, I gave his advice a shot.He saw potential in me, so I gave myself to become the best runner.Society’s image of the typical male is someone who is strong, tough, is not prone to mood swings, does not cry, and I am pretty certain, does not stress over the fat content of a rice cake. When I was a child, I thought that thirty was extremely old.When I was a teenager I thought that I would have life sorted by the time I was thirty.Watch and read about outstanding women and men who exemplify substance, character and are shining examples of using their unique gifts and talents to lead fulfilling lives and contribute to a better world.All have battled eating disorders and are doing well in their recovery. Email your story in 700 words or less (word doc format) and also a picture of yourself (jpeg or gif) to: [email protected] We will review your story and be in touch with you shortly thereafter! I have not done anything worthy of achievement in the eyes of the world.
Somehow she manages to pull off the road, stumble out of her car and proceeds to pass out on the side of the road. Looking back, I don’t know how, at my lowest weight, I was able to find the energy to maintain the illness.In my thirty years, I have had all kinds of life experiences.At thirteen, I spent a summer working in a vet’s office. I spent a summer working on the production line in a factory which made faucets.She has done many television, newspaper, blog and magazine interviews, as well as speaking at the Wisconsin state capitol advocating for health insurance changes.She also speaks at libraries, women’s groups, and colleges.