Thursday, 31 May 2012

Day 26 ED activist/sufferer/survivor book review

Choose a book (non-triggering) which you have read that has positively impacted you and encouraged you. It can be directly about eating disorders or it can be about something completely different that you have applied and used in your journey of recovery. What is the title and who wrote it? What is the book about? Is there a favourite quote(s) from this book you want to share? How did this book teach you? Encourage you? Inspire you?

I am ashamed to say that I do not read as often as I possibly should but I do read true life stories.
These are usually about individuals who have overcome such immense trauma, abuse or hardship in their lives and have ultimately gone on to become strong and inspirational people.
One book which really impressed on me a young woman's courage and strength was 'Beautiful,' by Katie Piper.
Katie was a young woman with a promising career in TV and as a model. She suffered horrific abuse from her partner and in 2008 had sulphuric acid thrown in her face by an attacker which was instigated by her partner.
Katie was left with horrific burns and lost the sight in one eye.  Despite the emotional and physical scars, tremendous pain and extensive skin grafts and plastic surgery, Katie Piper did not sit and dwell in self pity, she spoke out, stood up for others and fought back.
She is a truly inspirational woman who has turned the result of a cowardly and vicious assault into hope for others with burns and disfigurements.
Katie has not let herself become a victim but a survivor and is living proof that beauty is so much more than what is on the surface.
I read this book whilst going through recovery and also helping to organise my Mums funeral, a quote from the book was, 'Everything,s going to be ok,' a voice in my head said. 'Your journey's just begun.You'll get through this.'
How amazing is that?

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