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One Bucks campaigner is sending hope to sufferers of eating disorders

Lorna battled her eating disorder for near two decades.

Published by Scarlett Bawden-Gaul at 3:06pm 5th March 2020. 3-minute read.

One Bucks campaigner is sending hope to sufferers of eating disorders

One Bucks campaigner wants to promote hope to people suffering with eating disorders. 

Lorna Collins, Amersham, battled an eating disorder for nearly two decades, and says the negatives are too often the focus. 

Now, she wants groups, the media and the public to share messages of hope especially during Eating Disorder Awareness Week (02/03-08/03). 

Lorna explains why:

"Hope is so important. Its so crucial we advocate hope and share our positive experiences of healthcare and recovery to give hope to people who are suffering themselves.

"You can get better. Keep fighting. Take it a day at a time, an hour at a time, a minute at a time but keep going."

Statistics from BEAT, a charity supporting those affected by eating disorders and campaigning on their behalf, says 1.25 million people in the UK are living with an eating disorder right now. 

Lorna is aware of the tragic reality of these illnesses, having spent year going in and out of hospitals and wards, during one admission Lorna knew of 7 people on her ward that died because of their eating disorder.

One issue faced is to have eating disorders recognised as a mental health issue, as the side effects are physical. 

Lorna says:

"For many years my illness was catergorised by my weight or my BMI. Which was either not low enough or not high enough. So treatment only began when I was about to die, and continued until my weight or BMI became high enough. 

"But, my mind wasn't healed in any way so I would then relapse."

Her focus now is to share her recovery journey though, sharing the possibilities with others so they know there is help when they are ready:

"I was admitted to a Hospital in Oxford, Cotswold House, at last I found the right sort of care which helped me get well.

"The care was individualised around my own issues, my won problems and I was able to use my art and my creativity to reinvent my identity. 

"And to initiate what I wanted to do with my life and reimagine that life called recovery."

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