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Do Eating Disorders Trump Foreclosures

eting disorders geneen rothRecently, I got yanked out of my real estate focused world with an email alerting me to the fact that my 12–year old god-daughter is struggling with anorexia. It is serious enough that she is in a care facility and came close to heart damage.

Who knows how things will turn out? Not me. I’m feeling very, very human. You know that most human of feelings – vulnerability.

I was out looking for some books to send to Alice today. What an experience that was. Going through the teen book section made me realize how out of touch I am with that world.

geneen roth emotional eatingAnd when my thoughts moved in that orbit, I realized how important, and yet, challenging it can be to put ourselves in the other’s shoes.

My former wife taught me an important lesson – total is total. It does not matter how we get there, when we arrive, that big empty overwhelming hole is the same – total.

People are losing their homes, can you relate? The shock-treatment I just received leaves me in a much more empathetic state for all things human.

If you have friends or loved ones that suffer from emotional or compulsive eating disorders, I recommend the work of my friend Geneen Roth. It’s where I pointed Alice’s parents.

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  1. Vicki Moore

    January 12, 2008 at 11:33 am

    Our thoughts are with you, John.

  2. Athol Kay

    January 12, 2008 at 12:24 pm

    Oy, memories here.

    The girl I probably would have married struggled with Anorexia, so I’m kinda jaded on this issue as a result.

    I *know* it does no good to say it, but…


    Anyway, I made my choices and I’m really happy I did. We did lose contact though. I just wish I knew if she was alive or not.

    Good luck with this John. It’s a long road. 🙁

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