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Onstantly try to please her Best Friend by being the best she could be Which lead Hope to deceive all those around herWhen is becomes seriously ill she get s admitted to hospital at the young age of 17 This is where she spends the next year of her life away from her friends and family Hope s shear determination during her time in hospital as she discovers her Best Friend isn t really her friend at all but is destroying her body organs and her whole lifeHope takes the reader through all the therapy s she try s her triggers coping meninism s and shows how many up s and down s to get and stay in recovery for Anorexia I found this to be very informative in helping understanding of this truly destructive disease She writes her account with such raw honesty so expect it to be an emotional read I certainly found I was crying when I readStand Tall Little Girl is a raw and heart breaking account of Hope s ourney with Anorexia I have read a couple of book s on this subject as I know someone suffering and I want to try to understand Hope has done Defender for Hire (Heroes for Hire, just that I feel like I have some understanding so thank you Hope from the bottom of my heart Her message is simpleust keep talking however hard it may be Offering hope to those who are not only going through Anorexia themselves but to family and friends I really think Hope s book would be really beneficial for fellow sufferers friends and family because however hard it is to read she offers insight hope and understanding of this mental illness This young lady has done an amazing and brave thing sharing her story with the world and is a true inspiration Stand Tall Little Girl was such a powerful read for me It s a true story and almost a memoir of the author s struggle with anorexia as a teen and moving into adulthood Hope started developing the illness when she was 13 and the book follows her hopsitalisation and eventual recovery This all makes it sound pretty straightforward but Hope opens up about the devastating effects that eating disorders have not only on your mind and body but on all aspects of life and those around youThere are snippets from Hope s mother in the book which I think are so important explaining how things can get out of hand when you have an eating disorder I always see people asking how did the parents not notice when a teen gets to a point of extreme illness due to an ED and Hope s mum explains how hard it actually isI think it s so important that Hope shows there s no uick fix to an ED and the reality of relapse even when it s way down the line from the start of your recovery Spots Fun with Friends journey This was a book I really connected with and I would definitely recommend it especially to parents of teens that want a better insight into what might be going on For the most part this is sort of standard not a criticism not a bad take on anorexia and recovery especially because she talks about relapse and continuing to struggle but I ve read so many of these at this point that a lot of them run together and it takes than this to stand out from the pack but I m interested in the role of family here That is Virgo talks about having a very supportive family yay but she also has things like this from diary entries Kate is so thin It s horrible how fat I am That sust something else she is better at than me I feel like everyone looks at me and thinks she s the thin one the better anorexic and I am A Kiss To Change Her Life just this fat person who is eating too much and shouldn t even be in an eating disorder ward 68 I went to see Grandma today I hadn t really prepared myself for what awaited mean emaciated woman I didn t even recognise She knew she was going to die but she didn t care She had been consumed by the drive to lose weight Was she winning by being thin 69I think that in the first case it sust a matter of disordered thinking not that Kate Virgo s sister was actually anorexic but that Virgo was in the process of restoring her weight and feeling terribly self conscious about it But I m not entirely sure partly because of the material about her grandmother Virgo talks elsewhere as well about her grandmother s eating disorder and it s all in the context of her grandmother dying It s not clear to me whether there were other medical issues but active starvation certainly can t have helped And that is fascinating to me There s new research drawing connections between genes and eating disorders and the idea of them running in families is not new but there is so much here that could be explored in depth I m blanking on whether this was her maternal or paternal grandmother returned the book to the lib but for Virgo s mother or father how terribly sad and terribly complicated to have your child Their Convenient Amish Marriage (Pinecraft Homecomings just out of hospital and your mother dying from the same disease I ve occasionally seen books in which somebody talks about their mother having an eating disorder as well or in which there s a brief discussion of grandparents aunts etc who clearly have disordered relationships with food but never something this direct It seems so so so important but it s not a big part of this book so I m not sure what to do with itOkay Tangent over Review over So maybe it wasn t a tangent butust a tangential review. And friends the hospital became her home Over the next year at her lowest ebb Hope faced the biggest challenge of her life She had to find the courage to beat her anorexia In Stand Tall Little Girl Hope shares her harrowing yet truly inspiring ourne.
See the way that anorexia can twist people s thinking and how seductive it can be once it has grabbed hold of someone While she is open about the ongoing challenges she also offers a very hopeful message that recovery is possibleHope has taken a serious illness and used it to become a strong advocate for people with eating disorders She is a remarkable example of the transformative power that mental health advocates can haveThis review first appeared on Love Love LOVED ITI will say to anyone who suffers with Eating Issues knows anyone with an Eating Disorder has lost people due to ED s Suicide Mental Health or even the loss of Grand Parents aswell as struggling yourself with your mental healththen I would advise you read this on a Good DayI wouldn t advise reading this when your mind set is in a bad placeI myself struggle with my eating it fluctuates between Ana and Binge aswell as my own Mental Health issues along side physical health issues regarding HormonesI too have lost loved ones to all of the above and I too have attempted Suicide on Numerous occasions and to be honest I haven t been Mentally well these last few week and so u do believe I shouldn t have read this whilst in my Dark Placebut at the same timeI do feel I have a better understanding on my Mum and Aunties Eating Disorders both now in Heaven Its also made me realise I have of an issue with my Eating than i though an it s time I address it I have tried numerous times in my 28years an have not been believed Anyway Hope contacted me via Twitter sending me a Tweet with the list to purchase her book At first I wasn t interested as I thought maybe this is someone ust trying to sell their book but I noticed her tweets and appearance on This Morning and so I felt like I should give it a readI purchased it off eBay and when it finally arrived I read the back and thought Brilliant ust up my alley as I love to read people s stories struggles and success with all types of Mental Health IssuesBut then I became poorly myself and refused to pick the book up I refused to even look at the cover and so it wasn t even placed on my bookshelf Now I don t know why I reacted like that but I didThen on the 16th NovemberI took my little book bag with me to my nan s with my Kindle and when I got there Boom this book was also in there Was it a sign who knows but it was my Aunties Funeral the following day so maybe I needed to give this a read And so I didI went into this not knowing anything about Hope her life her ob nothing and that s how I like to read my books There is so much in this book I relate too including the drunken nights out the sick stained Carpets and hiding food in your pockets I won t give Hopes Story away as I m sure you can get the Idea of it from other reviews but all I will say is that if you re struggling with Anorexia then go and follow Hop over on Twitteraswell as maybe give this book a read but like I said when you re in a good head space as you could easily learn new tips and tricks if ED S are new to youif you re someone who knows someone or watching someone you love and care for slowly die thanks to Anorexia then you NEED THIS BOOK try and get into the head of the loved one and understand Divine ecstasy, the story of Khajuraho just how hard it is for them as I do understand how hard it is for us watching that person slowly dissappear but it s 10 harder for the person themselvesthis book really is an eye opener to the struggle of Anorexia and I feel those wanting to understand it or even understand yourself should give it a read I won t say any and I m missing me mum well done Hope on your recovery nope that s not a spoiler as her twitter shows that stay strong and keep up the support and awareness you do xx Raw beautiful heartbreaking and ultimately powerful This memoir will gives you an honest and unflinchingourney through eating disorders and mental health complete with all the inspiring highs and crushing lows Definitely a must read Great book raw emotional inspiringHope writes with such honesty emotion feeling it s difficult not to get invested I read this in one sitting and was inspired by Hope s attitude towards her illness and struggles but also her resolve in dealing with all of this and the ability and courage to share this Would recommend this toanyone For full review and guest post from the author here mariesbookboutiuewordpresscom2018The cover for Stand Tall Little Girl by Hope Virgo is a very simple on with a blue backing and a siloet of a young lady standing tall I uit like the different fonts used for the title and the way it looks like it s helping her to stand tall All in all I think it s striking and grab s the eyes attentionStand Tall Little Girl is a book where Hope Virgo tells her harrowing Carrying the Greeks Heir journey from the beginning of an eating disorder Anorexia right through to being in recovery Using diary entry s from Hope s diary and entry s of her mother s account By including entry s from her mother it gives the reader a chance to understand how it felt for her as well as HopeAs Hope discovers her Best Friend Anorexia she show s a real clear and raw insight intoust how much it affects controls the decisions she made Having a longing to please and was 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 skin was yellowing her heart was failing She was barely recognizable Forced to leave her family.
Such a raw and emotional story I cried my eyes out so many times Brilliant readI loved this book so much I read it in a day I could relate to the characters personality SO much and we ve had similar life experiences I found it to be so inspiring too I wish the writer well and hope she continues to fight this awful disorder Stand Tall Little Girl is written from the heart Hope lays her soul bare as she fights against her so called friend to overcome the cruel reality of Anorexia Hope takes you on her ourney as she toys with A and in return A plays with her Controlling her dominating her and leading her Stand Tall Little Girl is a memoir by Hope Virgo that focuses on her experience with anorexia nervosa If you are active on social media you may recognize Hope from her Dump the Scales campaign to stop weight being used as a barrier to mental health services for people experiencing eating disorders Throughout the book Hope refers to her Anorexia as a person using the pronouns sheher to capture the role it played in her life There are sections written by her mom to capture the family perspective on Hope s illness and these add an interesting layer to the storyThe seeds of her illness began early while growing up she was skilled at hiding painful emotions and acting as though she was okay By age 12 she had become weight conscious food dominated her thinking She mentions that she got positive feedback after losing weight because of an illness which is a stark reminder of the potential for harm that can result from messages praising thinnessShe describes how at the time she experienced anorexia as a good thing it became her best friend as it helped numb the pain and made her feel valued and worthy She felt a sense of achievement with each meal she skipped exercise she did and calorie information she learned whereas she felt that she was bad at life in general The sense of worthiness anorexia provided came at a cost I knew I d need to go on proving my worth if I wanted her to go on believing in me Hope s family didn t recognize the problem until her school raised concerns and a chapter written by Hope s mom explains how this could have happened Even after she started seeing the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service she continued to try to lose weight She describes the various tricks she would to deceive others about her weight She would vomit in the shower so she wouldn t be heard and studied the emesis to make sure everything she d eaten had come back up She tried to hide this at her weekly appointments by consuming large volumes of water wearing layers and putting weights in her pockets to make it look like she was gaining weightShe became sufficiently ill and at risk of serious medical conseuences that she was hospitalized for a year When she was admitted she wondered if the scales would be accurate Would they show how good at anorexia I was Did it mean I was a successful anorexic now that I was being told my heart was about to fail She describes the experience of being an inpatient including the strict routines that were imposed to manage the illness Even in hospital she would try to find ways to minimize her intake and exercise without the treatment team noticingShe explains the challenges of managing post discharge and anorexia maintained a presence in her life The battle with my Anorexia was entering a new phase I didn t know if I should listen to her I knew she d let me down but how could I push her out of my life when she had been such a vital part of me and such a trusted friend for so long It was hard for her to imagine what it would feel like to get up in the morning without feeling fat and without a compulsion to exercise or count calories In a way these things were all a part of my identity now Despite some significant stressors over the next few years she continued to work on her recovery despite anorexia trying to sneak its way back to the forefront After a death in the family she flirted with the pull of anorexia exercising counting calories and weighing herself freuently She was able to find the courage to reach out for help but discovered that despite her symptoms not having a significantly low body mass index BMI only made things harder I wasn t going to be thin enough for a uick referral and I wouldn t be eligible for any extra support The idea that someone could be not thin enough for help is profoundly disturbingShe writes about how she s been able to move forward since that setback and she s able to have days when she doesn t feel her anorexia She acknowledges though that she can never let her guard done because anorexia will still be there waiting to destroy her and everything around herHope has even been able to identify some positives that have come out of her illness The one thing I do know is that my Anorexia has made me who I am today It has made me determined and maybe even slightly stubborn But it has also made me driven and ambitious It has changed me for the better and whilst I still ask why it chose me I don t think it really matters This book offers a powerful up close view of anorexia nervosa Hope is very open and forthright about her experience She allows the reader to. 'I know how anorexia makes you feel you think she is your friend you think she can solve everything and make you feel amazing but she will destroy you and everything around you piece by piece' Hope Virgo For four years Hope managed to keep it hidden.