To go from suffering silently, feeling alienated and misunderstood as a child, to be helping to organise the first World Eating Disorders Action Day on June 2, is a pinnacle moment in my life. This is my story.
To be working with others, around the world, who share a passion to do what it takes for eating disorders to be acknowledged as a serious illness, is a super meaningful experience.
Everyone involved on this ground force mission that is attracting global attention has had their life touched by an eating disorder.
I am grateful to everyone who has shared my journey, for helping me get this far in life.
Could not have got this far without my family and friends, and the ever-patient members of my treatment team over decades.
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I have written nine books about eating disorders since my recovery (my “reconnection with true self”) from anorexia nervosa and other long term mental health challenges in 2006. In 2017, I graduated as a Doctor of Philosophy (Creative Writing). My contribution to the eating disorder field was recognised at the 2016 Academy for Eating Disorders International Conference in San Francisco where I was awarded the Meehan/Hartley Award for Public Service and Advocacy. I am currently a co-chair of the NEDC Steering Committee Evidence of Experience Group, a foundation steering committee member of the annual World Eating Disorders Action Day, and an Advisory Panel member for F.E.A.S.T.