Life Hurts

Available at Audible

Life Hurts: a doctor’s personal journey through anorexia’ is written by Dr Elizabeth McNaught (Lizzie).

Lizzie is now a medical doctor but she was diagnosed with anorexia at the age of 14, leading to an admission to a general hospital, many months in an inpatient hospital and years in community care.

She has told her story with a vision that this will inspire and encourage others to see that, although life hurts, there is hope for all of us.

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Lizzie’s book contains many helpful appendices. One of these is her ‘Letter to someone in a doctor’s waiting room.’ Every person’s story is unique and all will have different journeys. But what is consistent across everyone who develops anorexia is that all will have a first visit to the doctor. This can be a really positive experience or a negative one. It can be a crucial turning point, or just another staging post in the continual harm that anorexia does. This letter, republished here in a downloadable format, is designed to help any person at this crucial time.

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