Patient Comments: Anorexia - Share Your Experience

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Comment from: Nanasue56, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: February 16

I have been anorexic for 35 plus years. I took several decades to get it controlled and I was in remission for 15 plus years however my husband died. I have had multiple hospital stays for breathing problems and may need lung transplant and I retired from my job of 25 plus years to deal with lung problems. But I've internalized and gone from a heathy weight 95 down to 70 pounds. I've been in denial of all the above changes and have denied I'm lonely, insecure and don't feel needed anymore. Reality is setting in and I'm going to fight this deadly disease with the help of my children, grandchildren, friends and the staff of therapist and doctors. I know it won't be easy but I have so much I need to offer. Thank you for letting me share. This site has enlightened me.

Comment from: Stayingstrong, 13-18 Female (Patient) Published: July 02

I began having an eating disorder when I was 14. I'm going to be 17 in two weeks and I still find myself sometimes struggling. I was anorexic/purge and restrictive type. I used to cut myself due to emotional issues I did not face. Last year, I went to treatment and now I have a new perspective of life. Although I still struggle sometimes, I find myself much, much happier. I am at a healthy goal weight and I no longer feel like I have to hurt myself. To girls with eating disorders or those who are thinking about purging, restricting, or cutting…It may seem worth it now, but in the end, I can promise you it will be your biggest regret. It is a disease. Don't test the hands of fate. Seek help.

Comment from: sherry, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: December 23

My head shape is like egg and my body weight is 60 kg. I have hair loss, and sometime pain in body. I have anorexia nervosa eating disorder and constipation from long time.

Comment from: embarrasedtohaveat43, 35-44 Female Published: May 08

I have had an eating disorder since I was 9 years old. My mother always said I was a little bit chunky and always dieted herself. When I started growing taller and stayed the same weight (appearing thinner), she started taking notice of me and showed me off to her friends. Before that, she'd ignore me and paid more attention to my brother. Guess what message this sent to an 11 year old? Then came my parents' divorce. Actually, I think my mother tried to kill me, as she would take away food as a punishment and blame my appearance on my thyroid condition. At school, I was taught by my best friend how to get a lunch pass without alerting parents – telling school staff that you were poor. I got a free-lunch pass, ate my first meal, panicked – and there was my friend showing me how to purge. She also showed me how to use laxatives and run to keep off the weight. My mother would weigh me before and after school, so my friend brought her scale and we weighed ourselves throughout the day. After losing lots of weight on my already-small frame, I got depressed, and this alerted the school nurses. My mother and stepfather wanted me to quit school. I told my school principal I'd kill myself if he allowed them to take me out of school – it was my only sane salvation. With extra emphasis on “threat,” I brought in some sleeping pills to let him know I was serious. I was a straight-A student – there was no way I was going to let this happen. I moved in with different relatives and was molested (this had started years before). Later, I started binge eating – not purging like I used to – and I put on weight because of my thyroid issues. Eventually, I had three children, but actually stopped binging during my pregnancies. I scared everyone when I fasted for two months, ran 12 miles a day, worked full-time, had a 2 year old, went to school full-time, made straight A's, and still managed to do my teaching practicum. Looking back, I don't know how I survived, as I lost nearly 100 pounds in those two months. A pharmacist friend gave me some medicine that was supposed to be for anxiety, but I put on 20 pounds – so I fasted again and took off the weight. I went through yet another divorce, continued school, moved, and continued with the anorexia and bulimia until I got “recovered.” Recently, I've started binge eating again and have lost more than 50 pounds without hurting myself. I laugh it off and say to myself, “You don't know what this (the disorder) is covering up.” I'm writing this late at night. I am so embarrassed to say that I still have an eating disorder after 35 years.

Comment from: Hanti, 75 or over Female (Caregiver) Published: September 18

My mother has been neglected by her husband, he only bought Bully Beef cans for meat and I think this is the cause her being anorexic. She has been removed from her husband, but she still does not want toe eat. How can I help, is there an appetite booster that I can give her?

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