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Anorexia: A Stranger in the Family by Katie Metcalf

By Katie Metcalf

Memior of fight with anorexia

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I couldn’t believe that I had let a New Year’s Resolution get so out of hand. I felt so stupid. I really didn’t want to be admitted, but I realised that it was for the best. I was making my entire family’s life a living hell, as well as my own, and my family could no longer cope. Neither could I. Christmas Day went relatively well. I tried my hardest not to start or get into any arguments with my family. I helped Mum and Dad to prepare Christmas lunch, and I tried to eat some of all the vegetables that were put on to my plate.

Jackson asked, looking up from his newspaper. I opened my mouth to tell him what I’d seen. But then closed it again. What would Lauren say if I told on her? Would she ever be able to trust me as a friend? Would she hate me forever? On the other hand, what if she was going to do something beyond stupid? What if she was planning on hurting herself, or even taking her own life? How would I be able to cope knowing that I might have saved her by simply telling someone where she had gone? The guilt would remain with me forever.

I followed the routine I had done at home. After my shower, I would have my supper, if it was remembered, which was a cup of Cadbury’s Highlights, followed by yet another supervised half an hour’s rest. Then at 11 pm it was lights out. So that was my life for five months. Boring, wasn’t it? I did not leave the hospital building in all those five months. The only times I went out of my room was to go to the toilet, for my shower, to the once a week Community Meeting in the Lounge, which all the patients and nurses attended.

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