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BattyMatty_UK

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Some of you will know that my teenage son had a horrendous battle with anorexia. He fell sick in 2009 but I am thrilled beyond words that, today, now aged nearly 24, he is fully recovered. Today I clicked onto his Facebook page where he'd posted a message to give other sufferers hope, inspired by the BBC Drama 'Overshadowed' which, in our opinion, is an excellent and novel portrayal of what an eating disorder can be really like (the writer, who also pays the role of 'Anna', is a former sufferer).

I'm really proud of my son's refusal to give up in the fight against the eating disorder and was thrilled to see his message and I trust it will give hope to many other families who are battling this hideous illness. He says:

It's World Mental Health Day today so I wanted to raise awareness of an illness which nearly destroyed my life and is haunting millions of people around the world. This drama mini-series by BBC Three really evokes how insidious and soul-destroying it can be, however it can be beaten and for anyone out there who is suffering from this, there is future for you if you fight it.


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Such a brave thing for him to do Batty, well done to him!  And another story of hope for those with younger children who may still be feeling that recovery is impossible.


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Awesome!!  It is great that he is sharing his struggle and giving hope to others.  That is one thing that can truly make a difference (hope).
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Amazing!
So happy for you all x

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Son,DX with AN, (purging type) in 2015 ,had 4 months immediate inpatient,then FBT at home since. He is now in strong recovery, (Phase 3 ) and Living life to the full, like a "normal"[biggrin] teen. This is with thanks to ATDT. Hoping to get him into full recovery and remission one day at a time. Getting him to a much higher weight, and with a much higher calorie plan than his clinicians gave him as a target, was instrumental to getting him to the strong recovery that he is in now. Food is the medicine.
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Thank you so much (and to your son) for sharing this. It is so good to think of him in full recovery!

I've just watched all 8 episodes back to back (not sure if that was a good idea, but I've not been feeling great today so allowed myself an afternoon on the sofa!). I purposefully avoided "To the bone", not least because of feedback here, so can't compare the two representations, but Overshadowed has a real ring of authenticity about it and there was so much in it that mirrored our experience as a family. I hold on to the hope that my d will one day be able to say she wants to get better and is going to fight her AN. 

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Your son is so brave to be able to post that,  and what an amazing (moving) thing for you as a mom to see that, knowing where you were and the battles fought to get to this point - one of those moments you just want to bottle and treasure forever.  Thank you for sharing xx
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Thanks, Bev.  Bravo to you and your son!  I'm so very happy for you both.  xx

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So happy for you both!!!
You must be very proud of your son and be proud of yourself too!!!
What an amazing mumma you are!!
To go to hell and back you deserve a champagne or two! (We all do)
Can't wait till The day I can say my d is recovered x
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