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This is the story of a beautiful, young woman — a talented athlete and musician, raised in a loving home, surrounded by friends — undermined by a ruthless inner voice that claimed her body and her spirit. Emilee: The Story of a Girl and Her Family Hijacked by Anorexia reveals the cracks in our health care system, the institutions we are taught to trust, as well as our own prejudices and misinformation about eating disorders, mental illness, and addiction.

Through the use of parallel narrative, Linda and John Mazur provide an intimate and realistic account of how their world was turned upside down by anorexia nervosa. A must-listen for physicians, therapists, and social workers, or anyone who wants to learn more about how to respond more compassionately to families and patients caught in the web of this cruel disease.

©2019 Linda and Jack Mazur (P)2020 Linda and Jack Mazur

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A Necessary Read

To my shame, I initially found myself being a little critical of Linda and John's focus on their children's achievements. I later understood they were showing that even as a determined high achiever Emilee found the challenge of battling this frightening disease overwhelming. Thank you for bravely sharing your story, I can only imagine your fear and then your frustration trying to get help when doors were constantly being closed. in my attempt to learn more about this complex disease I also learnt about a familiy's selfless love. An important read.

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About a devoted family whose daughter had an eating disorder

I felt this was a very honest and well written biography by devoted parents about their child who was very gifted and highly educated and had an eating disorder. The feelings and coping they experienced were described in detail. They make an excellent case for improving health care of persons and families experiencing eating disorders. Get it. Read it! It’s important.

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heartfelt and insightful story

Great listen. Read by the authors (Emilee's parents). This book tells the story of their daughter's fight with anxiety and anorexia. its so insightful and gives the unique experience of a loving family's journey. you fall in love with the family with each chapter a must listen!

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This book needed a better editor

This is the heartbreaking story of losing a child to anorexia. It was undoubtedly extremely painful to write and my heart goes out to this family. I’d like to give this book more stars, but the pacing is terrible. Emilee has a self-published feel to it because it contains too many unnecessary details which drag down its powerful content.

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Such a tragic and heartbreaking story. I read this book and cried for Emilee and her parents.

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Beautiful

Heartfelt and beautifully written. Unconditional and profound love for their child. Thank you for sharing and pointing out the misunderstandings of eating disorders along with other mental illnesses.

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  • 11-23-21

too much history

way too much history, parents trying to tell us how good they were as parents. not enough content on the actual issues, lead up, presentation.

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  • 08-25-21

Powerful but heartbreaking story of the true challenges & complexities of eating disorders

An honest and heartfelt account into the true devastation that eating disorders cause not only to the individual inflicted with these life-threatening mental illnesses but also to the whole family.
Breaking down the stigma and ignorance around the dangers of eating disorders will help encourage people to seek help earlier which gives best chance of recovery.
The battles faced by this family to get appropriate help for an adult who is incapable of making the right decisions for his/her own well-being are still ongoing today.
Hopefully greater awareness & lobbying will deal with the problems within our medical, legal & insurance systems which hamper the ability of someone with an illogical brain disorder to receive the best mental & physical health outcomes 🙏🏼