Susan's Story Anorexia Nervosa Silver Spring, Maryland

I call my story "success" cause that is exactly what it is. I was the definition of an eating disorder. I have been hospitalized more times than I can count. Most of these hospitals I was dismissed from as "noncompliant". My family was told to prepare for my death. I was almost 50% less than my ideal body weight. It has been over a year sense my last hospitalization.

I am not only alive, but doing well in life. I am in college and for the first time I can remember, I feel happy and healthy. I still wear an NG tube and may have to for the rest of my life. I have a digestion disorder from the many years of abuse to my body. Even with the signs of the disorder still present, I have been able to get on with normal life. I am confident that I will be in this same position next year at this time.

I can't pretend that it has been easy. It has been the opposite. It has taken every ounce of strength that I had, as well as my family and friends'. Everyday I wake up and think, this is the day that I could slip, but I don't. I have this new found strength that has brought me to this level of success. I have full faith that everyone struggling with this illness can hold the same level of success that I have.