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advocacy My diary today is an open book – for years it was strictly private

My diary today is an open book – for years it was strictly private

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Dear Friends, My plans at the start of this year were to work less, play more, stay upright (that is, don’t fall over) and stay well. My diary reveals I have ticked most of these boxes but, as always, there is room for improvement. Here are some of the things...

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advocacy From struggle to strength: Surviving anorexia and the transformative power of family support

From struggle to strength: Surviving anorexia and the transformative power of family support

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Being a child with an eating disorder is no fun. I survived a 15-year-long battle with anorexia, the deadliest psychiatric illness. My childhood was shadowed by ruminating on my body’s appearance, constantly exploring new ways of secretly hiding uneaten food, and exercising intensely. During short periods of adolescence when I...

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June's Writing Clan Turning 80 can mark exciting opportunities for fresh starts

Turning 80 can mark exciting opportunities for fresh starts

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When I turned 80, I felt that my life was almost over. Deciding I needed some social connection and a new challenge, I joined June’s local community writing group. A year later, I have published my first book. Rather than stay at home and feel sorry for myself, I went...

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advocacy Family stories expose the reality of Family Based Treatment today

Family stories expose the reality of Family Based Treatment today

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Early responses to the call for family stories about experience with Family Based Treatment (FBT) for treatment of anorexia nervosa have been a revelation. I posted the call on my blog in October to invite first-person stories for the Second Edition of My Kid is Back – Empowering Parents to...

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advocacy Take a self-discovery tour – write your story

Take a self-discovery tour – write your story

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So, you want to write your memoir? A memoir is a story about part of your life. What part do you most want to write about? Why? My memoir, A Girl Called Tim, is about my life with an eating disorder from age 11 to age 55. As I entered...

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advocacy Lived experience counsellors take support into the family home

Lived experience counsellors take support into the family home

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A new counselling service is providing education and support for those caring for someone with an eating disorder. Eating Disorders Families Australia’s (EDFA) new Fill The Gap counselling service is specifically designed to support eating disorder carers during the often long and exhausting years of supporting a loved one through...

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advocacy Write and everything will be all right

Write and everything will be all right

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… i got your book A Girl Called Tim out of the library and i literally read the whole thing in one day because i just couldnt put it down … it was the first book i have ever read that describes exactly how i feel … i wish that...

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Anorexia A glimpse of life beyond a long-term eating disorder

A glimpse of life beyond a long-term eating disorder

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I have been struggling with my eating disorder for a very long time and in the past two and a half years, quite badly. The act of taking sick leave for a long time is not necessarily accompanied by an obligation to cooperate as a patient. For example, an eating...

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Eating Disorders Diary of an eating disorder – how Hayley is rebuilding her life

Diary of an eating disorder – how Hayley is rebuilding her life

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It all started when I was in primary school. I was bullied being called “fat, bitch, loser” and more. I had a hard time with this because the same boy who assaulted me was also bullying my family. I made some genuine friends and some fake friends. My eating habits...

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advocacy Eating Disorder Families Australia launches free counselling for carers

Eating Disorder Families Australia launches free counselling for carers

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Recovery from an eating disorder is an incredibly challenging journey – not only for the person experiencing the eating disorder, but also for those who are caring for them. When someone is recovering from an eating disorder, having a professional team around them is vital. A treatment team would typically...

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