Anorexic Woman Warns Others
She Wanted to Improve Her Abs; Something Went Wrong; 10 Years Later, This Happily Married Couple is Forever Changed
Anorexia nervosa, commonly known as anorexia, is an eating disorder that is also a mental illness, or psychological disorder. Often people who become anorexic start off just wanting to lose a few pounds, on a slimming diet the same as many of us start every single day, but with anorexics something in the process goes horribly wrong. They become obsessed with calories, exercise, diuretics, enemas, anything they can do to drop even an ounce, some compare it to an addiction.
One beautiful young woman is reaching out to the public with her story, urging others to get help before it’s too late. Rachael Farrokh, 37, was beautiful, healthy, smart, and talented just 10 years ago, she graduated summa cum laude, valedictorian, and was known to be a perfectionist. She was happily married, and at 5’7″ weighed 125 pounds, she wanted to improve her abs.
Ten years later she weighs less than one-third that amount, she is weak, falls down, has difficulty concentrating, and has trouble sleeping. Her husband, Rod Edmondson, quit his job to be her full-time caregiver. He bathes her, carries her, helps her in and out of a wheelchair to go out, and tries to cope with her odd sleeping patterns. She has been in treatment centers but currently weighs too little for anywhere but one treatment center, in Colorado. She has experienced failure of her heart, kidneys, and liver, and in her weakened state took a severe fall in Sept. 2014.
Being so severely underweight makes her a liability of care for many institutions, in January she was in the hospital and they gave her so many fluids she gained 40 pounds of water weight overnight, which led to organ failure and her system shutting down.
Because her husband quit his job, they did not have the funds to get her from their California home to the hospital in Colorado, they set up a GoFundMe account and people responded to her story, donating over $150,000, well over their goal of $100,000, the excess will pay for her continued care at home.
Rachael says she still has a hard time coping with exactly how weak she is, hardly able to brush her own teeth, and needing assistance for the most basic activities of daily life. She is in constant pain, tired, and feels mentally sluggish. They both say they did not see symptoms right away; she had lost her job, was dealing with some past trauma, and it just happened.
She says she has learned to live for the moment, because her prognosis is not good at this time. She wants to help others get the treatment they need, and to grab life with both hands.
Some symptoms of anorexia nervosa, both physical and mental include:
- obsession with food and numbers (ounces, bites, cutting each piece of food into so many pieces, calories in vs. calories out, measuring everything)
- low blood pressure
- irregular heartbeat
- constipation/abdominal pain
- loss of bone density
- irregular or absent periods
- brittle nails, dry flaky skin, hair loss, new baby-soft hair on extremities, tooth loss from excess vomiting
- irregular sleep patterns, fatigue during the day
- difficulty concentrating
- mood and/or anxiety disorders
- need for perfection
If you or someone you love may have this, please see your healthcare professional for a psychiatric consult right away. Being in therapy, talking to others with the disease, and treating symptoms is your best way to get on the road to recovery.
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