Category: Life Writing

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

A glimpse of life beyond a long-term eating disorder

by

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...

Continue reading
advocacy My first pregnancy was going beautifully…until it wasn’t

My first pregnancy was going beautifully…until it wasn’t

by

My first pregnancy was going beautifully…until it wasn’t. We were doing things in the traditional order: we married, bought our first house and, after nearly a year of trying, were expecting our first child. I was ecstatic. I had always looked forward to being a mother. After years of praying...

Continue reading
advocacy My Kid is Back: Calling families with experience of an eating disorder and family-based treatment

My Kid is Back: Calling families with experience of an eating disorder and family-based treatment

by

Exciting news! Professor Daniel Le Grange and I are writing an update to the first edition of My Kid is Back – Empowering Parents to Beat Anorexia Nervosa.  Families who have participated in Family-Based Treatment (FBT) for a child with Anorexia Nervosa (AN) are warmly invited to share their stories...

Continue reading
Life Stories Diary Where do I start? Everyone has their own childhood story to untangle

Where do I start? Everyone has their own childhood story to untangle

by

Where do I start? I had a very, very weird childhood. Some people have the religious trauma, some have the undiagnosed neurodiversity… You must be logged in to view this content.

Please login to read
June's Writing Clan Why I write – the Sunshine Girl

Why I write – the Sunshine Girl

by

We have progressed a long way in mental health recognition since the 1940s. My message is that our mental health is something to embrace and speak openly about, rather than hide in shame. The Spot Cafe in Portland, a coastal town in Victoria, Australia, was bustling with people, mainly locals....

Continue reading
advocacy Millie the Eating Disorders librarian needs a job

Millie the Eating Disorders librarian needs a job

by

I am very grateful to June for allowing me to write this post, and I will be grateful to any of you who can assist me in finding a new job within the eating disorders field. Many of you know me from my work as the eating disorders librarian, but...

Continue reading
Families What path did your adult life take?

What path did your adult life take?

by

When I reflect on my adult life’s path, I’m reminded of a cartoon that appeared in the daily newspaper when I was a child. Every day, a sweet or humorous scene depicting life in the family was illustrated, which always made me smile. One recurring scene was of the route...

Continue reading
advocacy The enigma called ‘High-Functioning Anorexia’

The enigma called ‘High-Functioning Anorexia’

by

In the late summer of 2017, when I unknowingly plunged back into anorexia, I was trying to live as a freelance translator. I’d just left the publishing company where I’d worked as an editor for a year and a half. In other words, I had stopped the office worker’s routine...

Continue reading
Life Stories Diary Why I write

Why I write

by

The point about writing is the belief that I have something to say that might help others see an issue more clearly, understand something in greater depth, and bring comfort to the broken and bereft. In my years of journalism, a cynical way of looking at what writing does is...

Continue reading
advocacy The importance of reframing ‘terminal anorexia nervosa’ as end-of-life care

The importance of reframing ‘terminal anorexia nervosa’ as end-of-life care

by

Whether or not to define ‘terminal anorexia nervosa’ is being vigorously debated in the eating disorders field. In an article published in the Journal of Eating Disorders, August 25, 2023 edition, Andrea Phillipou writes: Although I disagree with the terminology of ‘terminal AN’ and believe that establishing criteria has the...

Continue reading