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My daughter chose to do a series of Eating Disorder awareness videos for her IB personal project at school. She is in 10th grade and was diagnosed with RAN in January of 2013.

I'm sharing (with her permission) one of my favorite videos. My hope in doing so is to provide you with some comfort and reassurance that your child hears what you say and that you are on the right path. It's also a testament to EDs as a biologically based Illness with her perspective on some of the more traditional treatment modes.

Her recovery was (is) not unicorns and rainbows, but the grueling work of meal to meal living that we all know too well.

Interestingly, she is able to articulate a lot of insight even though during the majority of these videos she was still fighting multiple fear foods and eating scheduled supervised meals and snacks.

Her most recent video finds her in the best state she has been in the last 2 1/2 years.

Caveat - these videos are the work of a teen so there may be some language and there is definitely a lot of opinion!

There are some other videos that are very enlightening. If you enjoy the video, please subscribe to her channel and/or use the like button. The positive reinforcement has been very inspiring to her.

God bless you all.

“Promise me you'll always remember: You're braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think." Christopher Robin to Pooh
Wow - this is so insightful and really important for other teens to hear
WenWinning (formerly wenlow) - a Mom who has learned patience, determination, empathy, and inner strength to help her young adult daughter gain full remission after over a decade of illness and clinician set inaccurate weights
Wow what an amazing young woman! I'd love to share this video! It's powerful and witty
"Sometimes you just have to be your own hero"
D- 21 w long history of RAN (that seems to be in remission, thankfully)
Me- Stephanie
That is fantastic! What a bright fun girl! Thanks for sharing
Daughter was age 11 when she started restricting Aug 2014, admitted to paed ward Dec 2014 for low BP, pulse rate and spent 3 weeks there. As they were about to NG tube her, she decided to eat again. After approx. 1.5 years on a meal plan and lots of toil, sweat and tears she is weight restored and has just been discharged from NHS care. It's been a very slow traumatic process but each day we are making progress.
Wow incredible. She is amazing and a bright light. Thank you for sharing this. She is saving lives.
Son diagnosed @ 12.5 yrs old with Severe RAN 2/11. Co-morbids - anxiety, Active restriction for 3 months. He stopped eating completely 2x. He needed immediate, aggressive treatment from a provider who specialized in eating disorders, adolescents and males. We got that at Kartini Clinic. WR since 5/11. 2017 getting ready to graduate slipping lost 8lbs. Fighting our way back.
Thank your d for sharing. Love her videos. Am share with my d's best friend. She really tries to understand, but gets trapped by the myths and some of the misinformation my d gives. Like "my parents are forcing me to be fat,". I was fine 40 lb ago. She has hard time understanding why it would not be ok for d to lose any weight. For young girls, I think she will find your d more believable and easier to understand than adults, and intertaining enough for her to actually watch it. Great job, I think she is accomplishing her goal. Kudos.
I loved this.  Funny, and yet conveys information well.
D, age 18, first diagnosed March 20, 2013, RAN, at age 13 Hospitalized 3 weeks for medical stability. FBT at home since.  UCSD Multi-family Intensive June 2015. We've arrived on the other side.  :-)  D at college and doing great!
Your daughter is fantastic. You must be so proud.
WOW - she did a great job. I love it!! I'm going to check out her other videos.  What is an IB Personal Project ?
Lisa NJ Mom to daughter dx AN (Nov. 2013) at age 10. WR April 2014. ~There is light at the end of the tunnel.~
IB is short for International Baccalaureate.  It's an interdisciplinary educational program with a strong focus on critical thinking and a very well rounded curriculum.  

“Promise me you'll always remember: You're braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think." Christopher Robin to Pooh
I am blown away. She is so intelligent and articulate. She is stunning.

Please tell her how amazing we all think she is. I am seriously so very impressed and proud too!

Also- I stumbled upon her video somehow without knowing about this thread and I thought to myself " the way she talks her parents must be on FEAST".
Persistent, consistent vigilance!
Just great to see your powerful and very funny young woman! What a hoot, and yet such a clear and strong a message she has created. And no one can communicate it better than another kid. Hurrah!

Stigma crusher-- Go Girl!!!!
I came across this video via the MAED Facebook today... I didn't realise it was the daughter of a FEAST member!

I LOVE her videos - I watched them all this morning and will be playing them to my own daughter.

She reminds me of my D so much - right down to the Broadway dreams!

jpqfl, you are clearly an awesome Mom to have raised such a wonderful daughter!
Mum of 17 year old daughter with AN seeking guidance