The compulsion to do this became more important than even her schoolwork at Belmont University at the time, she said. And eating anything other than steamed vegetables, frozen turkey patties and Crystal Light pitchers was a problem. “If I detoured from that, in my head, I really could not live with myself.”
“I never thought I could get those thoughts out of my head,” she said of the eating disorder.
But in treatment after the YMCA intervention, she learned that food was just food, and that she loved to write and wanted to go back to school and help other young girls find healthy things to be passionate about. People who’ve read her blog over the past two and a half years often reach out to tell her how much it helped them.
She is set to graduate in May with a doctorate in occupational therapy from Belmont University.