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|08-17-2011, 05:52 PM||#1|
Donating YT Addict
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
I have a beautiful amazing wonderful 16 yr old daughter. She has been sick since the age of 13. She has anorexia. It is a horrible illness with a terribly high mortality rate (1 in 5) and sadly very little in the way of treatment. I live in Canada and always thought that if one of my children were sick that there would be ample medical help available. I was wrong. It took over 6 months from the time she was diagnosed to get any help and the help we received was pathetic. Initially she was getting one hour of talking to a counsellor weekly and as her parent I was handed a book to read and told it was my job to get her weight back up and to help her beat the disease. It was at that point three years ago that I gave up anything that came close to a life. There is little time for friends and fun when you are trying to battle the illness of your child.
She has almost died twice and has spent over 4 months in hospital and almost 5 months in Utah as there are no treatment centers in Canada. She has been home since March and although she is trying really hard the illness is starting to take hold over her once again.
At this point the clinic can no longer help. She is as they said "one of the sickest children they have treated in over 12 yrs" So we are now having to travel 2 hours each way to Toronto for day hospital which adds up to 8 hours a day. I am up at 5 am and as I need to work I am not home until almost 10 at night. I was off work for over a year due to her illness and the cost in lost wages and out of pocket medical costs was almost 80,000 dollars. I can't be out of work again. Today I was told that I have been late too many times and if I am late again I am fired.
What I need is prayers for strength. In spite of being married I am doing all of this alone. I am scared and exhausted. I have been praying to God for His help to get through this. I do believe in the power of prayer and I am hoping that some of you will send a prayer my way. I need to be there for my girl but I am really starting to burn out.
Thanks so much
|08-17-2011, 06:21 PM||#3|
Donating Yorkie Yakker
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Upstate, NY
I can only imagine the stress that this has put on all aspects of your life! What a terrible disease.....your poor daughter, poor you! Prayers being sent your way!!
Piper Leo Baby Piccolo
|08-17-2011, 06:24 PM||#4|
Donating YT 2000 Club Member
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: New York
Tina, I'm praying for strength for you to help your daughter and also for your daughter to overcome this illness. Please take care of yourself too so you can take care of your daughter. I wish you both all the very best.
|08-17-2011, 06:48 PM||#5|
Donating YT 10K Club Member
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: S. W. Suburbs of Chicago, IL
My heart goes out to you in what you are dealing with your daughters illness. Teenagers are very hard to deal with and under these circumstances I just cannot imagine. I will keep both you and your daughter in my thoughts. Anorexia is a horrible disease
“Never argue with a fool, onlookers may not be able to tell the difference.” Mark Twain
|08-17-2011, 06:57 PM||#6|
Donating YT 500 Club Member
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Where the deer and the antelope play
I am so sorry you have so much on your plate and this awful disease. Sending healing prayers your way.
Shelly and the girls Moka Mylee
|08-18-2011, 01:54 AM||#7|
Donating YT 5000 Club Member
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Central Texas
Just said a prayer for you and your daughter.
The light of my life & the joy of my living!
|08-18-2011, 03:11 AM||#9|
Donating YT 1000 Club Member
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: E. Falmouth, Mass
Sending prayers for you and your family.
Rosemarie, Levi and Lily
"The purity of a person's heart can be quickly measured by how they regard animals" ~ Anonymous
|08-18-2011, 04:08 AM||#10|
Donating YT 30K Club Member
Join Date: Oct 2005
Blog Entries: 6
My heart and prayers goes out to you as you fight to help your daughter and keep you job.
Cali Pixie Roxie : RIP Nikki; RIP Maya;RIP my sweet Dixie girl 1/17/08
|08-18-2011, 04:14 AM||#11|
Donating YT 2000 Club Member
Join Date: Jun 2009
Prayers and Hugs for you and your daughter. I have a 17 year old son , I can't imagine what you are going through. Praying for a miracl and God will give you strength.
SUSAN : TESSIE : HOBBES :CALVIN :SASSY
There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face! ~ Ben Williams
|08-18-2011, 05:22 AM||#12|
Izzy's Momma Too!
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Stuart, Florida
I'm so sorry for what your family is going through Prayers on the way
Dr. Phil did a show on this disease not too long ago, a lot of what he suggested made a lot of sense. Maybe the website could help?
Hugs to you and yours
Tracy, Mom to Izzy and Luna