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Hey hun...I just wanted to let you know that you aren't alone in this physical/emotional battle with bulimia...I am a newly-turned 19-year-old and have been suffering for seven years from both anorexia and bulimia...while being in the hospital for refeeding (the medical hospital) last August and weighing at about thirty pounds heavier than I do now, at an almost "normal" weight for my 5'7" frame, I went into cardiac arrest while sleeping and woke up out of a coma two days later in the CCU on total life support...on a ventilator, with a temporary pacemaker, an arterial line, IVs galore, one thought I was going to make it and I was only 18!!! Apparently while sleeping my heart rate had dropped to <30 bpm and while the doctors were pushing drugs such as epinephrine, sodium bicarbonate, and atropine through my line, my heartbeat just stopped altogether and I had no blood pressure or rhythm...complete asystole but thank God I was brought back to life after ten minutes of major CPR and suffered no brain damage. But anyway, the point is that no matter how young or old we may be, anything can happen to our weak bodies from excessive purging!!! To this very day I average around six-seven ER trips a month just for intravenous fluids and potassium chloride to replete my horribly imbalanced electrolyte levels...I have to take about twenty medications daily and basically I'm told at every doctor visit (whether it be with my internist, my gastroenterologist, or my cardiologist) that I'm going to die...what a wonderfully encouraging thing to hear, right? Well I'll prove them all wrong by beating the odds and overcoming this illness and you can, too!!!! I know you can get through this disease and live a better, more fulfilling life...I want you to also know that I believe in you and have faith, even if you, yourself don' please hang in there as I will do the same...I'm here...always.


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