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Posted by Sandy on November 20, 2000 at 12:08:17:

In Reply to: Re: Am I past the turning point? posted by Kathrin on November 20, 2000 at 03:18:26:

: Sandy.
: You are NOT past the turning point, i don't believe there is such a point. I have a friend who has been anorexic for almost 20 years, and she is just now starting to get very much better! I give her a lot of support. I had anorexia only for a short time, luckily, but I undersatnd the ambivalent feelings and the fear and feelings of hopelessness of the illness, i have felt them, and it was very scary. I feel very lucky, I mean blessed, that I got out of it. But even after many years, it is NOT too late. please never give up. You know, things that have been here for a long time, they can change in a short time! There is ALWAYS hope. I will pray for you,a nd feel free to email me any time at [email protected]
: Also I think it is GREAT that you are warning people form becoming anorexic. Sharing your experiences with others is also a good way for you to get a sense of purpose, that so often gets lost in anorexia. I feel that way too. Hey, maybe we were SUPPOSED to help others? I think everything happens for a purpose. I ahev been through a lot of bad bad times, not only the anorexia, other stuff too, but when i look back, I don't really regret them, because i start seeing meaning in them.
: Kathrin

Dear Kathrin,

Thanks for your response. I really think just talking about anorexia is part of the recovery process. Is there anyplace that you know of, where I can begin recovery? I have been in this for way too long now and am ready to get on with my life. All of this began when I was diagnosed with Addison's disease. The only treatment for this is long term steriod use and that really brought on the pounds. Now, I have learned to juggle the medicine (take as often as needed) and I'm not taking it as prescribed. That helped me drop the weight. I know this isn't healthy, but what about anorexia is? My family and husband are so worried and have begged me to eat many times. As you know, anorexia is a control issue. Since I have no control over my body because of the Addison's, I can control my life through anorexia. I know this isn't right and really want to make a change. Who do I see for treatment? Thanks again!!


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