Tag Archives: A Girl Called Tim

Thank you to Laura – the eating disorder advocate extraordinaire

Laura Collins has a lot to do with the fact that I have been able to write six books on eating disorders in the past six years, and am writing another three. The reason is this: Laura believes in me. After recovering from a four-decades-long eating disorder in 2007, I began to write my memoir […]

A Girl Called Tim – An Eating Disorder Memoir By June Alexander

I developed Anorexia Nervosa at age 11. So began a journey of more than 40 years with two eating disorders. A Girl Called Tim is about an unrelenting quest to reclaim identity, grab hold of the hand of that little girl lost, and set out on new adventures to rebuild and explore true sense of […]

Diary writing – a tool for healing and self-renewal

The Christmas gift of a small, pale green, soft-covered, day-to-a-page diary was the best thing that happened to me in 1962. Early that year I had developed Anorexia Nervosa. I developed Anorexia at age 11, at a time when mental illness was an embarrassment and family-based therapy and multi-family based therapy were unheard of. The […]

Punting on the River Cam – this is living

The wonders of recovering from an eating disorder never cease. Yesterday, I had a go at punting on the River Cam in beautiful Cambridge, England. Here I am, a grandmother, having the time of my life. Yes, My Life. Freedom from an eating disorder means exactly this – the freedom to do what I want to do. […]

As a mother, I see Ed clearly from both sides now

My mother began having trouble with me shortly after my 11th birthday. Suddenly her life-loving, sweet, compliant, eager-to-please little girl faded away. I became withdrawn, refused to eat or sit still. To see me running up and down the country roads, refusing to stop, even in the rain, and refusing to eat my favourite foods, even when […]

‘Coming out’ with an eating disorder – so glad I did

Fifty-one years ago, in 1962, I developed anorexia. I was 11 years old. An eating disorder is like a bully in the brain. It sabotages thoughts and feelings, and manipulates behaviour. It draws you away from loving relationships, and discourages the sharing of fears and uncertainties. The eating disorder pretends to be your friend – […]

Educating dentists about ‘Ed’ – share your story

Smile, and the world smiles with you. But smiling can be difficult when teeth suffer from an eating disorder. Despite growing up on a dairy farm – plenty of fresh milk – my teeth suffered greatly when anorexia developed at age 11. I felt so embarrassed, I did not want to smile. Fast forward to […]

Exercising during AN recovery – good or bad? Research call for survivors to share experience

Exercise is a feel-good activity for many people who suffer anorexia nervosa. I know – as a survivor, now in my seventh blissful year of recovery, I continue to enjoy exercise – these days usually in the form of walking, pulling weeds and planting seedlings in the vegetable garden, or playing at the park with […]

A bed for Andrea but too many waiting

A hospital bed has been found for Andrea. Potentially due to the activism by readers of this post and Andrea’s community, her desperate medical situation has been recognised and a medical bed offered at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Sydney. Amazingly, this location is out of Andrea’s postcode area. I understand that Andrea will remain […]

Children show us that living in the moment is what counts

“Choose whatever you like, Mum’. I  looked at the menu and chose pancakes with maple syrup. Yum. Like many mothers around the world, I celebrated ‘Mother’s Day’ this past Sunday. I felt completely blessed, invited to brunch with all four children, and all five grand children. We sat in a lovely restaurant and I was […]