Hi, im Lana...I just seem to see quite a bit of young girls in their teens on this site suffering from an eating disorder. As a 24 year old who began my anorexic battle at age 11 I just wanted to give you gals some support and some crucial warnings, as well...Ive maintained a "healthy" weight now for about 5 years, but I will always have annoying and sometimes life-threatening health probs due to my 8 years or so of starving myself. When I was 14, I entered a treatment center in Az. with an admit weight of 73lbs. at 5' 7"(i dont say this to bragg, on the contrary, It sadens me and shows how close to death i was). I had to be on feeding tubes for a month just to keep myself alive. My colon collapsed and I had heart arithmia. I didnt realize just how bad off I was...Fortunately, I worked on my ED and got back up to a fairly healthy weight. But Ive had to struggle ever since then to keep healthy. But as a result of my extreme mal-nourishment while I was in my critical development years, I will always have to endure troublesome health probs...Ive had over 4 surgeries on my stomach, colon, and liver...Ive had my galbladder removed...My uterus never fully developed, so I have excruciating periods and I prolly wont be able to have children. My bladder is suspended and abnormal so I have alot of pains with that. I have brittle bones, and have gum and teeth probs. I have painful joints because my cartillage never fully formed in them and walking too much hurts. And to top it all off Ive had two week-long impatient ICU stays for liver failure. I dont say all this to get sympathy...I did it to myself. i say it to hopefully help those young girls who are playing around with fire and toying with the idea that they need to lose and lose weight. Your struugle with ED could affect you for the REST of your life. Please dont make the same mistake I did. My heart and prayers go out to everyone!!! :)
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