Illawarra teen Rebekah McAlinden blogs her Anorexia Nervosa recovery journey

By Cydonee Mardon
Updated November 25 2016 - 9:06am, first published 8:00am
Rebekah McAlinden is thrilled the Butterfly Foundation and the Sydney Children's Hospital network have teamed up to provide a new program for regional patients. Picture: Adam McLean
Rebekah McAlinden is thrilled the Butterfly Foundation and the Sydney Children's Hospital network have teamed up to provide a new program for regional patients. Picture: Adam McLean

Sixteen months ago Rebekah McAlinden told of her first-hand struggles getting access to the necessary treatment and support for her eating disorder while living in the Illawarra. Since then her battle has taken a nose dive and she was dangerously close to death. Today, she is on the road to recovery.

Twenty-four-year-old Rebekah McAlinden was first diagnosed with anorexia nervosa in 2009. She finished her HSC in 2010, started her Bachelor of Journalism/Creative Arts degree at the University of Wollongong in 2011 and then needed to drop out to focus on recovery. She reached a place where she seriously considered herself “recovered” in 2012 and was doing well for a year and a half, maintaining her weight and not engaging in any eating disordered behaviours, nor avoiding any foods.

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