This story begins in 1962 when I developed Anorexia Nervosa. Back then there was no Eating Disorder Awareness Week,  or anything at all, to help my family understand the illness that had developed in my mind. For more than 40 years, the bully eating disorder kept me prisoner, destroyed relationships, almost took my life. Luckily along the way I met several people who believed in me, the real 'June' beyond the illness, and guided me to recovery.

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“J” has been sent home from hospital as ‘non-compliant’. We have nowhere to turn; every hospital and clinic in our State has given up on "J". She is 29 and has had Anorexia since she was 14; we are frightened we will lose her. "J" has lost everything, financially ruined, her car was repossessed, she is medically unfit to work and a danger to herself, her friends have long gone; she has no relationships; people…

Read More Taking issue with ‘non-compliant’ in eating disorder care

A Christmas gift of a journal when I was 11 years old began a lifetime love of journaling. We bonded immediately and the journal became my best friend. Writing a journal helped me to not only survive but also to recover from my eating disorder. So it is, that every December, I feel excited at the prospect of choosing a new journal for the coming year. The size, the feel and look of the cover, the smell of the pages, their quality – and the ultimate summing up, ‘is this the book I want to be my pal for the coming year?’ Choosing a journal is really, really special.

Read More The journal – an ally in eating disorder recovery

The Internet is fast filling gaps in eating disorder prevention, treatment and recovery. Recovery Record and Proud2Bme will present a concurrent session ‘Building Bridges Not Walls’ at this year’s NEDA Conference. Both are outstanding examples of how technology is helping people everywhere to connect and improve their lives with online support. Presenters Jenna Tregarthen, co-founder of Recovery Record, and Claire Mysko, Proud2Bme manager, describe why their work is important: Recovery Record (Jenna Tregarthen) Recovery Record reinvents traditional paper-based cognitive behavioral therapy self-monitoring with a secure…

Read More Amazing App is building bridges in care and recovery

When I attended the NEDA Conference in Minneapolis in 2009 I did not know anyone. I was nervous and excited. Communication online had led to this point – and now suddenly there I was, about to meet people in real life, in person. This was scary. A warm welcome swept all doubts aside as soon as I entered the conference venue. I had been assured I would not be lonely, and I was not. I…

Read More Why I am coming halfway around the world to the NEDA conference

A keynote speech on body image at the annual conference of Australia’s peak body for eating disorder professionals left me wondering, ‘are we on the right track?’ If we are, which deserves most focus, the body image or the eating disorder? No offence to the vibrant speaker, UK psychoanalyst Dr Susie Orbach, who describes herself as ‘a clinician talking politics’, but eating disorders are biologically-based brain disorders. This explanation makes sense to me. I am not a clinician.…

Read More Body image and eating disorders – on the same track?