I’d like to introduce a guest blogger for this week, Bev Mattocks. I first discovered her blog about three months ago, only to find out that it was a blog-turned-book. Her website actually inspired me to make my blog into a book, too–although I am saving the rest of the blog posts for the book.
I was able to buy Mattock’s book, “Please Eat… A Mother’s Struggle to Free Her Teenage Son from Anorexia.” The blog she wrote details her experiences in dealing with her son’s anorexia, but I would recommend buying the book for an easier read. It helped to see the struggle from the perspective of a parent, especially as my own parents have learned to deal with my eating disorder. It has been a long journey since the moment I told my mom everything.
I think this is a timely post, as we need something about how eating disorders affect males, too. Bev’s story gave me great insight into her son Ben’s world, and while my experiences have not been as difficult, I could definitely see places where we could relate. I am only thankful I did not fall in as deep as he did.
In the second chapter of my book Please Eat… A Mother’s Struggle To Free Her Teenage Son From Anorexia I describe my pride at watching my 15-year son, Ben, win the 1500 metre race at the school sports day in July 2009.