I blog about: Anorexia, Eating Disorders and Mental Health. Including topics about: Body image, Healthy Eating, and Exercise 

Related Conditions: Anxiety, Depression, OCD, Panic Disorders, Personality Disorders, Self-Harm

Hope Virgo

I have suffered with anorexia for over 4 years, before being admitted to a Mental Health Hospital in 2007. I lived in the hospital for a year, fighting one of the hardest battles of her life. Since being discharged, I have fought to stay well.

 

Now I want to use my experiences of mental health to champion the rights of others, inspire them to get well, and help break the stigma of mental illness. I have recently written my first book - Stand Tall Little Girl - which tells the story of my recovery. In my spare time I publicly speak about mental health at organisations, businesses, hospitals and schools. 

"Recovery is possible! Take each step, each meal, each mouthful at a time" 
- Hope Virgo

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November 29, 2017

When I was in hospital fighting my anorexia one of my motivations was that I wanted to travel and see the world.

I remember one day sat outside on a bench in the hospital garden talking to Simon. I was stressing that my snack had 10 more calories than another girls snack. 10 calories seemed like so much! I was annoyed that she had got away with having less, and annoyed she hadn't been and told off for it. As we sat there Simon...

September 2, 2017

I have never found it easy to share my story about my Anorexia. I struggle with people knowing too much about me, and am always afraid of judgement. Afraid it will hold me back in my career and afraid of people watching my every move. 

I had a best friend when I was younger, Anorexia, I felt like she knew me, she cared about me and she wanted to be a part of me. She taught me everything I needed to know. She valued me, she appr...

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Hope Virgo has written a book about living in the grip of anorexia since she was 13: ‘Whilst your anorexia seems like your best friend, she knows everything about you and is always there, she is also your worst enemy and not someone you want to know’. 

For four years, Hope managed to keep her anorexia hidden, keeping dark secrets from friends and family. But then, on 17th November 2007, Hope’s world changed forever. She was admitted to a mental health hospital. Her heart nearly stopped and her skin was yellowing; she was barely recognisable. Forced to leave her family and friends, the hospital became her home. Over the next year, at her lowest ebb, Hope faced the biggest challenge of her life – somehow finding the courage to overcome her anorexia.

In Stand Tall Little Girl, Hope shares her harrowing, yet truly inspiring, journey. Through her letters and diary entries, Hope tells us how she fought from rock bottom to beat the friend that had controlled and nearly destroyed her life. The story of Hope’s recovery will inspire countless others.”

For sale now in Kindle or paperback edition on Amazon.co.uk

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