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IN People ON 03 Nov, 2016
The cases of women being diagnosed with anorexia are marking an increasing graph. Many women for the sake of getting a toned body become so obsessed that they suffer from an eating disorder called anorexia.
The actress Rachael Farrokh has been struggling with anorexia nervosa for more than ten years. Rachael weighed '40-something pounds' last summer and had a very low BMI. But the brave woman didn't quit and is still battling to recover. Have a look at her inspirational story.
Rachael lives in San Clemente, California. She has now reached out to the global community to thank everyone who has helped her out in her battle.
Emotional issue is one of the reasons behind her condition. She lost her job and a painful memory from her past allowed anorexia to make its way in.
Rachael and her husband Rod Edmondson released a video that showed the decline in her condition and how her healthy adult weight dropped to '40-something pounds' at the age of 37. She became too weak to move around on her own. And so they demanded help in the video so as to get a proper treatment for her.
Rod decided to quit his job to become a full-time carer as the condition of Rachael was going down drastically.
The pair made a plea in the video for help.The video highlighting her fight against the life-threatening disorder helped her a lot in raising funds for her treatment.
She even revealed in the video that there was only one team of highly-skilled medics that was ready to help her then and the whole of the donation amount has gone towards them only. There are few specialists from the same team who are currently helping her from the comfort of her own home.
"My sister gave me a collage of pictures from when I was acting or doing certain things,I look at that girl – the headshot – it's only a few years old. It's like I know I've wasted this much of my life. I just want to be that person again. That strong, independent woman that can be herself."
Despite numerous odds, she never lost hope and is running on the road to recovery. She further adding in the video, "I want to thank you all for everything you are doing for us."
She continued to say that she now has her own handpicked team at her bedside until she herself becomes strong enough to get a treatment.
The money they raised ended up being more than they need and so they decided to use it for the other anorexia sufferers.
Rachael said that the road to recovery is surely a long one, but she will not lose hope and will definitely come out as a winner.