Tag Archives: A Girl Called Tim

Olivia Rose, why I am glad I did not give up

Today, I sat in class with Olivia Rose at grandparents’ day at her school. My story could have been so, so different. Olivia Rose, I am glad I did not give up, that I reached out and found help to beat my illness, because I am here to enjoy you and our beautiful family… Letter to […]

Join the cicadas chorusing loudly to advocate about eating disorders around the world

I liken my life to that of a cicada, an insect that lives underground in the dark for many years, before emerging into the light for a brief and noisy appearance. Upon receiving the Meehan/Hartley Award for Public Service and Advocacy, at the Academy of Eating Disorders ICED,  I was allowed two minutes in the […]

Global eating disorder day a catalyst for hope and action

I can see that, for many years, since I fell prey to anorexia nervosa, much of my creative energy has been wasted in a negative way, for I have turned it on myself; my own private obsession with food has robbed me of my true self…            Diary excerpt, age 38, in 1989 […]

Family, friends, health and peace _ giving thanks this Christmas

The joy and meaning of Christmas, and gratefulness for family, friends and supportive health system, makes my heart sing loudly this year. Four months in hospital, due to spinal cord and kidney ailments, gave me plenty of time to think about life, and how precious it is. I extend appreciation to my children, grand children, […]

Dear Olivia Rose, why I’m glad you love rainbows

This article is available here on DebriefDaily.com  Dear Olivia Rose, When you were several days old, in 2010, I wrote my first letter to you, as the epilogue in my memoir, A Girl Called Tim, explaining why there is no room for ED in our family. Now you are five, and I am writing again. […]

Rainbow shows the way in eating disorders – aim high, aim for the sky

IMG_2576 Rainbow treat: This link is for everyone who loves rainbows like my grand daughter, Olivia Rose, age five, who adores them. I felt like a five-year-old myself. I stopped the car on busy road this afternoon to soak up the beauty of Nature. How blessed are we! My first attempt at a video, such is […]

Grandparents can gain freedom from eating disorders too

Eating disorders occur at every age. Scientists don’t know the specific cause, but latest research suggests genetics plays a sizeable hand…around 50 per cent influence or more. It’s almost enough to say ‘well, it’s in the family; there is nothing I can do’. Ah, but there is plenty you can do! Today I had the […]

Grandmothers can beat eating disorders too

Grandmothers have eating disorders too. Yes, they do. Often they have suffered since childhood. The eating disorder has denied these women a full life.  Left unchallenged the illness becomes entrenched with each passing year. Having cruelly sabotaged childhood, it proceeds to rob women of the freedom to fully embrace being a mother, and a grandmother. When I wrote my memoir, A […]

The Diary Healer – bridging the gap between science and the sufferer – sharing a PhD journey

I am a PhD candidate. I pinch myself. Is this real? Since regaining my true Self from the effects of Anorexia Nervosa in 2006, life has been amazing. Yes. But a PhD? How did this happen? I remain incredulous. I share my story because, if your life is being kept on hold by an eating […]

Can stories of survival help others?

Do you find survival stories helpful, inspiring? Psychologist and PhD candidate at The University of Sydney, Lisa Dawson, is leading research into how the personal accounts of those who survive Anorexia Nervosa can help others. See story (left) published by The Daily Telegraph newspaper, Sydney, this week. Sydney Daily Telegraph-April 29-2014 Lisa’s previous research, in which I […]