Before It’s Too Late: Help Rachael

If you haven’t seen it yet, I’m going to share something with you that will likely break your heart.

Meet Rachael Farrokh. She is 5’7 and weighs about 40 pounds. She is dying from anorexia. Rachael is to the point where few hospitals are willing to admit her into recovery programs because of how severe her condition is. Rachael wants to recover, but needs financial help and moral support to do so.  That’s where we come in.

Her husband and full-time caregiver  set up a GoFundMe campaign to help raise the money it will take move Rachael cross-country to the facility that could be her last hope. The couple met their GoFundMe goal of $100k, but her road to recovery is long and her husband had to quit his job to take care of her. It’s likely that that $100k won’t go very far. If you are interested in donating, please click here.

Rachel has a Facebook page documenting her journey: Rachael’s Road to Recovery. This is a great place to post positive thoughts and encouragement for her as she begins the journey to save her delicate life.

For those who have never struggled with or learned about eating disorders, it may be hard to understand what Rachael is going through. Anorexia is a psychological disorder. It can’t be fixed with a snack or a meal . Eating disorders are deep in your brain. They permeate nearly every thought and action throughout the  day. Eating disorders are real.  ANAD.org  reports that 20% of people suffering from anorexia will prematurely die from complications related to their eating disorder, including suicide and heart problems. Considering that 24 million people suffer from eating disorders, it’s heart breaking to think how many of those people won’t live to meet their full potential

If you or someone you know is suffering from anorexia, reach out for help before it’s too late. Every life is precious. Everyone deserves to love the body they are in.  Call the National Eating Disorder Helpline at 1-800-931-2237, or visit NationalEatingDisorders.org.