Before anorexia, we (me, my husband and son Ben) were just a normal family living on the outskirts of a big UK city. Ben was academically bright, well behaved and a superb sportsman, excelling on the rugby field and in athletics - a school teacher's dream.
Ben had a fantastic physique: tall, slim and muscular. He was also great looking, guaranteed to have the girls turning their heads in admiration.
But Ben hadn't always been like that.
As a toddler and through primary school Ben carried a lot of 'puppy fat'. Back then, he wasn't sporty and was very quiet and shy. He was also the target for bullying from which he suffered on a number of occasions.
Moving from primary school to secondary school was the making of Ben.
Then, during the summer holidays, Ben started exercising more and more - and you can read more about this early stage in the anorexia in my first blog entry.