A couple of minutes ago I got news that ED has taken yet another victim. Worse, this family lost their beloved child on Christmas Day. On a day when the whole Western World was feasting this family was watching their child die of starvation. On a day when a 'Slimming World' leaflet came through my letterbox, I found out about this terrible event. The irony... My heart goes out to that family. I hate this killer illness.
As I understand it, Anosognosia (where a sufferer is unaware that they are ill) played a significant role in this woman's passing and Becky Henry (author of 'Just Tell Her To Stop') has just given me this link to help raise awareness: http://anorexiatreatmentexposed.com/2011/12/abcs-of-anorexia-a-is-for-anosognosia-the-first-word-to-understand/#.TvoPq1beLD4
As Becky commented to me a few moments ago: "When her family could have been celebrating Christmas...they were instead sitting by her bed in a hospital making the awful decision to pull her off life support"...
And as I responded to Becky: "This is why it is so crazy, nay lethal, to say that someone needs to 'want to recover' before anything can be achieved. This was said to us by a medical professional..."
Yes, I can't count the number of times that one of our treatment team members said this to me and I'd respond: "What if he NEVER wants to recover?" to which she'd simply shrug her shoulders.
The tragic event of Christmas Day is surely proof that treatment teams simply can't afford to wait until a sufferer 'wants to get better'.
How can someone 'want' to recover from an illness they don't believe they have and which no amount of proof will convince them they have?