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My nurse's support helped tackle my eating disorder

Teenager Jade Long, who has anorexia, says nurse Sarah Duffy has been key to her progress so far.
Nurse Sarah Duffy (right) with Jade Long and her mum

Teenager Jade Long, who has anorexia, says nurse Sarah Duffy has been key to her progress so far

I first met Sarah Duffy as an inpatient at the Royal Free Hospitals intensive eating disorder service.

She was always available for a chat and would spend time listening to me whenever I was upset. We would sit, talk and work through my problems for as long as it took. If I got upset she would know how to calm me down and distract me in innovative ways.

During meals the most difficult time she would ensure there was good conversation to keep us going, whether we were obviously struggling or not. She would make sure every one of us was okay and support us as best she could.

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Teenager Jade Long, who has anorexia, says nurse Sarah Duffy has been key to her progress so far

I first met Sarah Duffy as an inpatient at the Royal Free Hospital’s intensive eating disorder service.


Nurse Sarah Duffy (right) with Jade Long and her mum. Photo: David Gee

She was always available for a chat and would spend time listening to me whenever I was upset. We would sit, talk and work through my problems for as long as it took. If I got upset she would know how to calm me down and distract me in innovative ways.

During meals – the most difficult time – she would ensure there was good conversation to keep us going, whether we were obviously struggling or not. She would make sure every one of us was okay and support us as best she could.

Sarah made little cards so when she wasn’t around I knew she was still supporting me. That made difficult situations feel better.

When I was attempting home leave, she wrote little Christmas cards to read at milestones – with supportive messages and quizzes for me to do. 

It was so helpful because if I struggled, I could open a card and she would be pushing me to keep going. She called later to check I was okay. When I was moved, she stayed involved in my care and came to relevant meetings.

Going the extra mile

Now I'm an outpatient and Sarah is still my keyworker, she emails even when she’s busy or not on shift and comes to all the appointments she’s meant to. I know Sarah has helped so many people and everyone has had the same positive treatment and care as I have.

She has worked with young people to lift the stigma of eating disorders, taking the lead on the #freethebutterfly campaign.

Sarah cares for everyone she works with. She is the bomb!

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