Emilee - The Story of a Girl and Her Family Hijacked by Anorexia


Author: Mazur, Linda

Brand: Independently Published

Binding: Paperback

Number Of Pages: 294

Release Date: 18-10-2019

Details: Product Description This is the story of a beautiful young woman—a talented athlete and musician, raised in a loving home, surrounded by friends—undermined by a ruthless inner voice that claimed her body and her spirit. Emilee: The Story of a Girl and Her Family Hijacked by Anorexia reveals the cracks in our health care system, the institutions we are taught to trust, as well as our own prejudices and misinformation about eating disorders, mental illness, and addiction.Through the use of parallel narrative, Linda and John Mazur provide an intimate and realistic account of how their world was turned upside down by anorexia nervosa. A must-read for physicians, therapists, and social workers, or anyone who wants to learn more about how to respond more compassionately to families and patients caught in the web of this cruel disease. Review "Before she died, Emilee told her mother that she wanted her story to be told. It's hard to imagine the strength it took for her parents to retell the painful details of their daughter's descent from joyful child to hollow hijacked victim of recalcitrant anorexia nervosa intertwined with anxiety and substance use. Yet they do so masterfully and compassionately; their pain and love palpable on every page. If you are someone who is struggling to understand anorexia nervosa or is mired in misconceptions, you should read this book. You will never again underestimate the power of this disease to rob someone of their life. If you are a clinician who works with patients with eating disorders and their families...and even more importantly, if you are any type of a healthcare worker who received little, no, or inaccurate training about eating disorders, you should read this book. It illustrates in vivid detail the extent to which families are devastated by the illness, and the extent to which parents go to try anything and everything to gain control over an all-consuming disease. If you have ever been in the position to deny insurance coverage for someone with anorexia nervosa, I can only hope that you read this book, because it raises the question of the extent to which our broken healthcare system contributes to the development of recalcitrant anorexia nervosa. If you are someone with an eating disorder, I do not think there is a way to predict how this book could affect you, and if there is any question at all about whether it might be triggering, I would counsel you to err on the side of caution, and instead give it to someone who loves you to read. The Mazurs were brave to write this book and to honor Emilee's wishes to have her story be told. Emilee knew that things around her were broken, and she hoped that her story might help others avoid the hell that she experienced. I highly recommend this book and am grateful to Linda and Jack Mazur for writing it and to Emilee for asking that her story be told." --Cynthia M. Bulik, PhD, Founding Director of the University of North Carolina Center of Excellence for Eating Disorders, UNC Exchanges Book Review From the Author Our book is a love story. And if love were enough it would never have had to be written. It is our hope and passion to help someone else, some other family, and spare them what Emilee endured. If this happened to our family it could happen to yours, or to a person you care about. "Emilee" will change the way you view mental illness and addiction. As the unbelievable story unfolds, you will live it with us, and it will stay with you. Our hope is that this book will improve treatment, change policy, raise awareness, and stop the stigma that surrounds anorexia and mental illness. -Linda and John Mazur From the Inside Flap Add From the Back Cover "A remarkable feat of storytelling!" --Richard E. Kreipe, MD, FAAP, FASHM,FAED "In this emotionally moving memoir, Linda and John Mazur honor their daughter, Emilee, by writing about her life, her struggle with anorexia nervosa, and their relentless efforts to care for her." --Mary Tantillo, PhD, PMH

Package Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.8 x 0.7 inches

Languages: English

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