I just received a fantastic update from one of the contributors to Restoring Our Bodies, Reclaiming Our Lives. Liana was born in Estonia and received treatment for her eating disorder in Germany. She writes:
After 6 years of severe anorexia , I ve been stable ever since my decision to recover, with not even a thought of relapse. I completely rebuilt my life from scratch, earned an MBA in one of the top schools in Europe and now work in mid management. To think that doctors were right and I could have been dead within months before I decided to recover, makes me sad, as I know how many girls out there are scared, lonely and have no one to talk to.
I wish we could prosecute eating disorders, as we do criminals, for robbing so many smart, sensitive, and deeply beautiful human beings of their lives and livelihoods. Liana's phrase "decided to recover" may make it sound a bit too easy, as if all that's involved is a simple decision, but as anyone who's been through it knows, there is nothing simple or easy about making that essential decision. It's like "deciding" to fight off an armed assailant. But oh the feeling when you fight and win!