Life Hurts Paperback

A Doctor's Personal Journey Through Anorexia

by Dr Elizabeth McNaught

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Life Hurts tells Lizzie's inspiring journey of her battle with anorexia, reflecting on it from her perspective as a doctor.

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Life Hurts

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  • Affected by anorexia?
  • Dr Elizabeth McNaught tells her personal story of eating disorders
  • You'll find a voice of sympathy and understanding in this powerful book
For anyone struggling with Anorexia, this honest, first-hand account of dealing with the disorder understands exactly what you are going through. Told as a series of letters for her younger self, Life Hurts is Dr Elizabeth McNaught's personal experience of growing up anorexic. Either to help you though, or help you understand better, anorexia, Life Hurts is compassionate, understanding, and truthful in its account. 

"She's not going anywhere. Her heart is struggling. She's not stable enough to move"

Lizzie couldn't believe it. She had just gone to the hospital for a quick check-up and now they told her she could die.

The doctors had diagnosed Anorexia and that she must regain weight. Her life closed in around her, but all she wanted was to avoid food. Anyone who lives with an eating disorder fights their own thoughts, their own anxieties, their own self, every second of every minute of every day.

For Lizzie this was her reality from the age of 14. However through professional help, the support of her loving family and her faith, she somehow found the hope and strength to overcome.

Life Hurts tells Lizzie's story, reflecting on it from her perspective as a doctor. Her vision is to inspire and encourage others to see that, although eating disorders can be devastating, there is hope for all of us.

Life Hurts by Dr Elizabeth McNaught was published by Malcolm Down Publishing in March 2017 and is our 5446th best seller. The ISBN for Life Hurts is 9781910786659.

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Chapter One: I Couldn't Believe It - A Letter to Myself in Hospital

Chapter Two: Sticks and Stones - A Letter to Myself as an Eleven Year Old Girl

Chapter Three: So Quickly - A Letter to Myself After the Family Row

Chapter Four: Conflict and Trust - A Letter to Myself After Confirmation

Chapter Five: What's the Answer? - A Letter to Myself After I Took Control

Chapter Six: PEGs and Pressure - A Letter to Myself After Discharge

Chapter Seven: Transforming Disease - A Letter to Myself After Telling My Story Publicly

Chapter Eight: Institutional Stigma - A Letter to Myself After Being Told I Should Leave

Chapter Nine: Recovery?


Appendix 1: A Father's Perspective

Appendix 2: A Mother's Perspective

Appendix 3: Family Impact

Appendix 4: Finding Help

Appendix 5: Letter to Someone Going to See the Doctor

Appendix 6: Signs and Symptoms

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Details for Life Hurts

Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback
PublisherMalcolm Down Publishing (March 2017)
Number of Pages136
Thickness10 mm
Height198 mm
Width129 mm
Product Code4507616
Page last updated 16th February 2019
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