The Rustle of a Wing: Finding Hope Beyond Anorexia (Fiction / Poetry)

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This book is a true account of the grim realities of chronic anorexia nervosa and the destruction it causes. The author's hope in writing the book is that it may help other sufferers, carers, and professionals in making decisions regarding treatment of this crippling addiction. She would like treatments to recognize the identity of the person behind the addiction more so that the sufferer can hold on to their identity before the anorexia completely engulfs them.

The author also argues that more support is needed for families caring for the sufferer, and she hopes that professionals working in the treatment of eating disorders may take the time to read this book and consider the treatment issues in a way that helps those under their care now.

As for those suffering with any eating disorder, the author hopes that reading this book may convince them to confront the addiction before it destroys their life. Anorexia is not about reaching the ultimate “thinnest”. Rather, it is an immensely damaging addiction that will only inflict pain into the sufferer's life and those around them.

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Sophia Gore has suffered chronic anorexia nervosa for the past sixteen years of her life. During this time she has had various approaches in regards to treatment, some of which were taken voluntarily, but the majority were involuntary and administered under the Mental Health Act. This book has been difficult for the author to write, but also liberating in that it has allowed her to let go of the resentment that she had always felt towards enforced treatment, and to consider it in a wider context. It has been an opportunity to release some of the shame that so often accompanies anorexia, and which needs to change in order for sufferers developing eating disorders to confront their issues before the condition becomes much less treatable.

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'This book is a generous and valuable legacy offered to all professionals involved in the treatment of eating disorders. It is also a courageous admission of a state of mind that can destroy your life. Sophia is a strong and brave woman to have written it.'- Dr Ursula Harben, UK Council for Psychotherapy'Sophia's account of her 16-year battle with anorexia is an eye-opener for anyone who thinks anorexia is just about someone who won't eat.'- Hospice volunteer, London'Sophia relates the history of her terrible illness with honesty and courage. To a doctor, her words are a powerful reminder of the impact of what we do in the name of treatment. For me her story is enormously sad but not without hope. And in that way she has something important to teach us all.'- Dr Sarah Cox, palliative care consultant'An agonising indictment of anorexia treatment in Britain today.'- Meg Rosoff, novelist

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