Stephanie Rodas, 28, who is suffering from anorexia, a disease in which patient's weight reduces abnormally, was refused treatment by hospitals and treatment centres.
The New York resident is suffering from the disease since her teenage. In a video, she reveals her struggles with the disease and society's response.
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She became so addicted to starving that whenever she was hospitalised to treat anorexia, she would eat to the extent that she could satisfy doctors and get discharged from the hospital. But once she was discharged, she would start starving again.
"I was complimented and congratulated for how great I looked and, as a result, my self-esteem grew," Stephanie said while referring to her eating disorder.
Stephanie said, "There was finally something I could control, something that occupied my mind, something that made me feel safe and secure. I needed this eating disorder; I needed the anxiety reducer, the companionship."
And then by the time Stephanie turned 17, she was admitted to the hospital in New Jersey for poor eating disorder.
"I was reconditioned to control my symptoms by measuring food and counting calories, no one asked deeper questions, like what is happening at home or at school, why, and how - so I quickly relapsed."
"We broke bread together; everything was transparent. I engaged in horseback riding, art therapy, and so many outings. There was intense treatment, mindful presence," Stephanie said of treatment facility.
To continue her treatment, Stephanie Rodas' family has set up a page at Go Fund Me. And out of family's target to collect $100,000, they've raised more than $20,800.
That's all, folks!