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As I flicked through the pages, my knees began to feel weak. The consequences of bulimia can be deadly serious... I began to realized how truly lucky I was not to die from my illness.
I don't know how bulimia didn't take me down. How it didn't kill me...
Sarah, the girl I was reading about was just 19. She'd been bulimic for 6 years. That's 4 years less than me.
Bulimia ruled her life - as it did mine.
She threw up multiple times a day - as did I...
She had a heart attack at 19 and died from bulimia...
...An electrolyte imbalance resulting from Sarah's repeated purging sent her heart into cardiac arrhythmia overnight.
The next morning, Barbara Siskin found her daughter on the floor of her bedroom with no pulse, warm to the touch. Barbara called 911 and performed CPR until the ambulance arrived.
The emergency room doctors at Montgomery General Hospital, where Sarah had worked in high school, tried for 45 minutes to save her.
Then they told her parents: We're so sorry.
Sarah died from bulimia... But, I didn't... From the surface I looked worse off than her...
How far away was my death?
Perhaps just one day?
Thank God I never found out.
I survived... I didn't experience the worst of all the consequences of bulimia... Death.
Replenish Your Electrolytes
Sarah's heart attack was caused by an electrolyte imbalance. These imbalances are common in bulimics... And they are seriously dangerous!
To replenish your electrolytes try to eat and keep down:
Or, you can drink Gatorade, vegetable juice or Pedialite
Eating and drinking these will definitely help... But they are no guarantee. The only way to ensure you don't suffer a bulimia related heart attack is to recover...
The consequences of bulimia are real. This is not a safe illness. It consumes your body and your mind. Slowly, but surely - it breaks you.
It can even kill you.
There is no better time for your bulimia recovery than NOW... and trust me - you can do it!
I suffered from bulimia for over 10 years... and I beat it. I know that you can too.
BULIMIA CAN BE BEATEN!
Give your bulimia recovery effort everything you've got.
Don't be afraid to:
At the end of the day all these things are better than death from bulimia.
Article by Shaye Boddington
Author of your-bulimia-recovery.com
and creator of The Bulimia Recovery Program and Community