Opinion

My 40-year battle with anorexia

Margaret Fish is currently recovering from anorexia, and here she shares her story

I have abused my body from the age of 17 to nearly 60 and done some awful things to it with anorexia, bulimia and laxative abuse. I didn't think at the time what damage it could do, and was doing over the years, but I have to try to live with it now.

Survival

I have lost most of my teeth and only have one kidney, and I get infections in that one, which means I can end up in hospital. I have osteoporosis as well as bladder incontinence and retention, and have to use a personal catheter at times. I have had prolapses of my bladder, vagina and bowel, and have ongoing bowel problems with constipation and/or incontinence. Three times in the past three years I have been in hospital and nearly not survived, which has been terrible for my family to have to go through.

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