On this page you can read an excerpt from my book: 'When Anorexia Came To Visit: Families Talk About How An Eating Disorder Invaded Their Lives'.
"I knew that eating disorders were manipulative but I never really understood how much damage they caused to the family. There I was, living under the same roof as my daughter, yet it was as if I no longer recognised her. I'd often go to bed wondering if she'd still be alive the next morning." 'When Anorexia Came To Visit' contributor
From the back cover:
Getting your child through an eating disorder is one of the toughest things a parent can face. In When Anorexia Came To Visit 20 families talk frankly to author Bev Mattocks (Please Eat... A Mother's Struggle To Free Her Teenage Son From Anorexia) about the effect that anorexia had on their lives.
"She spent the rest of Christmas Day crying on the sofa. Her sobs were endless and gut wrenching; they didn't even sound like normal cries. All she would eat was instant porridge and raspberries. She spent the next three or four days like this. She even thought we were putting calories in the water. " 'When Anorexia Came To Visit' contributor
"I explained that we would never let her die, that we loved her and that she was too wonderful to lose. So whether we did it at home, in hospital or through a tube, we would ensure she got the nutrition she needed to get well." 'Suzie', 'When Anorexia Came To Visit' contributor