Thursday, April 28, 2011

ANOREXIA & BULIMIA: THE TRAGIC LIFE OF AIMEE MOORE [LATEST UPDATE: NOT GOOD NEWS...APRIL 28, 2011]

Aimee Moore anorexia Aimee Moore and her mother, Pat Moore

Aimee Moore anorexia
Aimee Moore

Aimee Moore anorexia

Aimee Moore's mother has watched her child battle eating disorders for 15 years, a pattern of behaviour that had her daughter purge as often as 150 times a day and become a skeleton with skin




Aimee Moore

UPDATE #18 (April 28, 2011)

Pat Moore, Aimee's mom, posted on Facebook this update on Aimee on April 26, 2011:
  
 Aimee and her mom, Pat Moore, on March 7, 2010 at Renfrew

"Thank you to everyone (those who know Aimee personlly and those who don't) for your personal emails and postings on this support page. Your love, support and encouragement have been very meaningful to Aimee (& myself) and I share each of them with her. Aimee is presently not doing very well in so many ways..the ED has the upper hand... for sure. She should re-enter treatment and is contemplating this; however, she remains ambivant...wanting recovery and yet not wanting it...at least she is honest! I am sure many of you can relate. My hope and belief are eternal. As long as she has breath, there is hope for change. My prayer is that she come to realize the inner and outer beauty she already possesses and live in her full potential...God has a wonderful plan for her future (Jer. 29:11). Please continue to pray for Aimee. Thank you...Love & Blessings from Pat (Aimee's Mom)."

Link:  
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Support-for-Aimee-Moore/155903407783204




UPDATE #17 (March 13, 2011)

I can't tell you how excited and relieved I was when I recently received these photos of Aimee from a reader.  The photos were apparently taken in late 2010, showing Aimee looking healthy and happy.  Congratulations, Aimee!  Keep fighting!  We're all pulling for you.


Aimee


UPDATE #16 (August 2, 2010)
"Aimee is still in treatment in South Florida, the same treatment center I was at, and she is doing really well!"
(an anonymous comment received on this post on July 31, 2010)
What wonderful news! Thanks, Anonymous, for the update on Aimee. Much appreciated!

UPDATE #15 (December 9, 2009)

I have just received a comment from a reader that Aimee is presently in a residential treatment facility in South Florida. I can't tell you how relieved I am to hear this news.

UPDATE #14 (September 17, 2009)

Aimee is not doing well. (see below for full update)

UPDATE #13 (January 2, 2009)

Aimee returns to Canada after being discharged from Magnolia Creek for purging.

UPDATE #12 (December 6, 2008)

Aimee Moore returns to Magnolia Creek Residential Treatment Centre this week. See below for this update.

UPDATE #11 (September 19, 2008)

After continuing to purge, Aimee back in Alabama hospital. Please see below for this update.

UPDATE #10 (September 6, 2008)

Aimee could return to Magnolia Creek on Monday, September 8, 2008. Please see below for this update.

UPDATE #9 (September 1, 2008)

Aimee released from Alabama hospital and staying in a motel with her mother, Pat. Please see below for this update on Aimee's condition.

UPDATE #8 (August 29, 2008)

Aimee released from Alabama hospital and staying in a motel with her mother, Pat. Please see below for this most recent update on Aimee's condition.

UPDATE # 7 (August 25, 2008)

Aimee's kidneys fail. Please see below for this update on Aimee's admission to the Intensive Care Unit in an Alabama hospital.

UPDATE # 6 (August 13, 2008)

Aimee has suffered a setback. Please see below for this update on Aimee's transfer to the Magnolia Creek treatment facility.

UPDATE # 5 (August 5, 2008)

See below for this update on Aimee's transfer to the Magnolia Creek treatment facility in Alabama.

UPDATE # 4 (July 8, 2008)

See below for this update on Aimee's condition.

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Fading away

TheRecord.com - CanadaWorld
Anne KellyRECORD STAFF

March 29, 2008
"The voice of Aimee Moore's eating disorder is all she hears after years of starving herself.

"And it screams at her," says Aimee's desperate mother, Pat.

Twenty-eight-year-old Aimee weighs just 63 pounds. During a recent appearance on TV's Dr. Phil show, she described herself as fat, ugly and evil. Show host Phil McGraw told the audience her case is the worst he's seen. Aimee has been battling anorexia and bulimia for 15 years.

Now, parents Dave and Pat Moore wait anxiously at their home in Stratford as Aimee enters her sixth week of treatment at an Alabama centre for eating disorders. The treatment was organized by the show.

Before that, Aimee routinely gorged on massive amounts of pasta, ice cream, cake, milk, sugar, ketchup and pickles. Her mother estimates Aimee consumed up to 15,000 calories a day, more than seven times the recommended amount for a woman her age. Then she'd throw it all up, purging as many as 150 times a day.

Aimee's potassium level is so low, her heart is in danger of stopping. She takes a daily potassium supplement, but when she can't keep it down, it makes her esophagus bleed on the way back up.

She's already been hospitalized for kidney failure. Advanced osteoporosis has left her bones as brittle as those of a 90-year-old and she's lost an inch and a half from her five-foot-five-inch frame.

She has no body fat; her muscles have eroded as her body feeds on itself. Her body mass index is just over 10. Normal is 19 to 24.

"She is like a skeleton with skin," Pat says in an interview at her home in Stratford.

Aimee's brain is so starved, it's as if she's brain dead, Pat says. She's made several failed attempts at treatment in Ontario and the United States. Dave and Pat are hoping intensive therapy at the Magnolia Creek Treatment Centre near Birmingham will put Aimee on the road to recovery.

The Dr. Phil segment, called Deadly Thin, was shown Feb. 25, the same day she entered Magnolia Creek, which is treating Aimee free of charge. An e-mail she sent to the show in December caught the attention of a producer.

"I am out of control and my physical and emotional health are very fragile," she wrote, inspired by another sick young woman, who gained 40 pounds in treatment after appearing on the show. "I have come to the end of myself and if I don't get help soon I don't think I'm going to survive."

It's unclear how long Aimee will be at Magnolia Creek and staff declined a request for interviews.

"She's doing everything she's been asked to do," says Pat, who visited Aimee recently during a parents' weekend.

The centre is proceeding cautiously while Aimee's body becomes used to a new regime. She is now keeping breakfast and an afternoon snack down. Though purging only once or twice a day, she has yet to gain any weight. She is experiencing severe stomach cramps and constipation, her mother says.

Sometimes Aimee calls Pat, saying she wants to quit the program. At the same time, she is attending more group therapy sessions. "It's up and down, moment to moment," Pat says.

The centre doesn't usually take patients as sick as Aimee but made an exception. Its medical director had initially asked that she enter hospital in Ontario to gain some weight before being admitted in Alabama.

But her treatment team in Stratford didn't feel the hospital there was equipped to treat her, and she would have waited months to get into the Toronto or Mississauga hospitals that treat eating disorders. She wouldn't have qualified for admission to Guelph's Homewood Health Centre, which also has a program, because her body mass index was too low and her health too unstable.

Disturbing behind-the-scenes footage, broadcast on the Dr. Phil show, portrays her vicious cycle of binging and purging. Her mother says the binges can last two or three hours with breaks to purge. The process continues through the night, since Aimee sleeps only about two hours at a time.

She's been in and out of hospital for treatment since age 14, including stays at the Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto General and Stratford General Hospital.

Two stints in American facilities in the past three years were funded by the Ontario Ministry of Health. She completed neither program, leaving one early and being discharged from another for non-compliance.

At about age 18, Aimee was referred to Homewood, which has a leading eating-disorders program. By the time a bed was available 18 months later, she'd moved to the United States.

Her family has spent thousands of dollars on private counselling. "We're kind of out of options," Pat says.

Aimee began life an outgoing, happy child. Her outlook changed when she was sexually abused at age seven by teenagers at a campground, Pat says. Dave's reaction, based on the limited information he had at the time, left Aimee feeling ashamed. Her self-esteem suffered, and at age 10, she began cutting her arms. Four years later, she was abused again, this time by an acquaintance at a party.

Shortly after the second incident, Aimee began eating less and over-exercising. She wore a hole in the carpet doing aerobics in front of the television. That year, she was diagnosed with anorexia.

Aimee didn't tell her mother about the sexual abuse until she was 17. At about that time, she started to binge and her weight climbed to 140 pounds. Disgusted by the weight, she began purging.

When she was 19, Aimee eloped with a San Francisco man she met on the internet. He had no health insurance, and her eating disorder was raging, Pat says. After three years, they split up and she moved home, feeling like a failure again.

In addition to the eating disorders, Aimee has been diagnosed with borderline personality disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder and obsessive compulsive disorder tendencies.

She's had periods of recovery from bulimia but they've never lasted more than six months. And after every stay in a treatment facility, her illness has worsened.

"I have over-medicated myself with sex, drugs and even my prescription medications," Aimee wrote to Dr. Phil.

She is now on a disability pension. When money runs out, she resorts to stealing food from stores or scrounging it from garbage cans, her mother says. She takes a baby bottle filled with a nutritional supplement to bed at night but often purges it later.

April Gates, co-ordinator of the eating disorders program at Homewood, says some people use food to comfort themselves because they have other emotional problems. "It becomes like an emotional anesthetic," Gates says. Mental illness or addictions make eating disorders particularly complex and challenging to treat, she says.

Aimee told Dr. Phil her eating disorder doesn't comfort her any more, that she feels overwhelmed. "It numbs me and occupies time so I don't have to think and feel. I've always thought people would care about me more if there was something wrong with me."

Aimee's illness is heart-breaking for her family. Last December, Dave suffered a heart attack, then a brain hemorrhage. He had angioplasty and has returned to work full time at his factory job.

"It's like our daughter has been abducted by a rapist or terrorist who is torturing her day after day," Pat says. "We get to see it, but we can't do anything about it.

"Food addiction is one of the most difficult to treat. It's not like drugs and alcohol. You can stay away from those and the people who do that. But everybody has to eat."

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A race against time for bulimic woman
TheRecord.com
By Anne Kelly, Record staff
April 14, 2008

"STRATFORD — Aimee Moore has spent much of her time binge eating and purging since her early departure Thursday from an Alabama eating disorders treatment centre.

Returning to her bulimic ways has relieved the unbearable pain in the Stratford woman’s belly, caused in treatment by food backing up in her stomach and forming gas pockets, rather than moving normally through her digestive system.

But the vomiting has also made her lose five of the 10 pounds she gained during seven weeks at the Magnolia Creek Treatment Center in Alabama, which offered to treat her for free after she appeared on the Dr. Phil show.

Show host Phil McGraw, said Moore’s 14-year struggle with anorexia and bulimia is the worst he’s seen.

She now purges up to 75 times a day, down from 150 before treatment.

She spends nights at the Stratford home of her parents, Dave and Pat, where she feels safer. But she returns to her apartment daily to eat and throw up her "binge foods,” which include ice cream, grilled cheese sandwiches, pizza, canned pasta and chocolate bars.

Now, at 68 pounds, Moore hopes to see a Kitchener gastroenterologist this week to determine what can be done to fix the digestive problem, so she can return to Magnolia Creek.

Her mother said if the wait is long for the diagnosis and treatment here, she’ll take her daughter back to an Alabama hospital, even though the family’s finances have already been drained by years of private therapy and prescription drugs to help keep Moore alive.

With her health so fragile, it is a race against time. Moore said she’d rather die than eat normally and endure the crushing stomach pain.

"I’ll fundraise, I’ll make an appeal to the community,” Pat said. "I’m not going to stand by and do nothing."

The exhausted 28-year-old said in a late night interview at her parents’ home Saturday that Magnolia Creek is "the best place in the world.”

Her blue jeans hang on her skeletal frame and the hood of a sweater covers her thinning hair. She clutches a heated bag to her stomach because, with no body fat, she is always cold. Her vision is deteriorating and her once strong white teeth are eroded and discoloured.

At first, Moore answers questions eloquently, then becomes agitated and pulls out the medication she delays taking until just before bed, since she keeps nothing down all day. She downs liquid potassium to keep her heart functioning and 14 other medications to battle a raft of problems, including anxiety, nausea, psychosis, depression, mood swings. Some of the pills cost $100 each and aren’t covered by her disability support program.

She apologizes for her moodiness, even though she can’t help it. Moore also suffers from borderline personality disorder, obsessive compulsive tendencies and post-traumatic stress disorder from past sexual abuse.

It was her decision to leave Alabama. A trip this week to an emergency department of a hospital determined that her stomach wasn’t emptying properly and more investigation was needed. She had no insurance to cover a hospital stay there.

"I get really scared when I don’t know what’s going on with myself,” said Moore, who also missed her mother terribly. Parents are only allowed to visit Magnolia Creek every six weeks. A doctor at the centre is trying to find a way to have her mother stay nearby if Moore returns.

Holding her head in her hand, Moore said nobody understands her like her mother does.

"She keeps my focused on why I want to live.”

Moore wants a chance to return to Magnolia Creek and experience all that it has to offer. Therapists there determined what she needed most, besides nutrition, was sleep. She made progress, eating five healthy meals and snacks a day. Her purging decreased to two or three times a day.

But since so much of her time was spent sleeping or "running around screaming in pain,” she missed out on experiences with the other nine residents, such as going out for a lunch once a week, getting pedicures and manicures, playing games, and shopping at a grocery store.

She also missed most of the group therapy sessions that could help her hope with the intense self-hatred that makes her want to starve herself.

"I want to disappear,” she said. "I want to be so small that nobody sees me because of everything I’ve done that has hurt people. I would like to be hidden. I’ve always felt like I was a failure. I can’t stick to anything. I can’t stay in treatment, can’t eat, can’t function normally.”

Moore longs for a normal life, to silence the voice of the eating disorder that constantly tells her what to do.

"I liked to experience things again — friendships, relationships, going out for coffee, going to the mall with my mom, going on trips.”

But now the disorder comes first. "If I’m hungry, get out of my way. I’m like a feral animal.”

Moore has been in and out of treatment over the years, having once undergone forced tube feeding, which was disastrous. The Ontario Ministry of Health has paid for two stints at U.S. treatment facilities in the past few years. Moore left one early and was discharged early from another for non-compliance.

She would be willing to try a liquid diet, if it is determined this would be best, but she won’t undergo feeding by tube or intravenous line.

"I don’t want to get fat without the pleasure of being able to eat food.”

She is telling her story in hopes of warning others about the slippery slope of disordered eating.

"I don’t want other people to go through the same thing."

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April 17, 2008
Anne Kelly
RECORD STAFF

"As a weakening Aimee Moore waits to learn if she can receive prompt treatment here for complications of her eating disorder, a fund has been created to send her to the U.S. if necessary.

Until a digestive issue is resolved, the 28-year-old Stratford woman cannot resume free treatment at an Alabama facility for extreme anorexia and bulimia.

Life Church International in Woodstock, the non-denominational Christian church attended by Moore and her family, will collect donations and issue tax receipts to donors.

All money donated will be available to the family and accessible when they submit bills for treatment-related costs, including travel for Moore and her mother, Pat.

"My heart goes out to Aimee," said the leader of the 400-member congregation. "She knows we really love and care about her."

Pat Moore said the help is much appreciated.

"We are so grateful," she said. "Time is of the essence."

Aimee Moore made an early departure last Thursday from Magnolia Creek Treatment Centre near Birmingham, where she spent seven weeks after appearing on the Dr. Phil show.

Moore was rushed twice during her stay to a Birmingham emergency department twice for extreme stomach pain. Her stomach muscles can't contract enough to empty food normally into her digestive tract, resulting in large gas pockets.

Now home, and weighing 68 pounds, she has returned to binge eating and purging.

Her mental state is deteriorating and she is not willing to be fed by tube or intravenous.

Moore's family doctor is trying to get an appointment for her with a gastroenterologist in Kitchener to treat what the doctor believes is gastroparesis.

But, fearful her daughter may die while waiting, Pat Moore is investigating the possibility of returning to the Alabama hospital for more timely help.

Moore's treatment over the past 14 years has drained the family's finances. They have yet to receive bills for the two visits to the Birmingham emergency department.

Aimee Moore is eager to return to Magnolia Creek, which will continue to treat her at no charge. The facility's medical director has agreed her mother should accompany her and is trying to find accommodation.

During her stay, Moore made progress, gaining 10 pounds. She ate five healthy meals and snacks a day and decreased her purging to two or three times a day from 150 times.

But the pain was unbearable and medication was ineffective.

Moore and her family have been touched by the show of support since telling her story,

A 15-year-old girl from Kitchener sent letters of encouragement and cartoon drawings she made while in hospital being treated for anorexia.

As well, a kennel owner and animal rescuer near Brussels offered the animal-loving Aimee a chance to meet the animals. "

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Aimee's story is so heartbreaking I am at a loss for words.
Please, if you have an eating disorder or are considering the pro ana/mia lifestyle, seek help immediately.
There was a comment on YouTube that Aimee recently passed away but I have been unable to confirm this. As more information on Aimee is released, I will update this blog post.
UPDATE #1 (May 25, 2008):
The comment on YouTube to which I referred in my original post about Aimee's passing was this:
TOKIOHOTELFORIMMER (1 week ago)
She is dead. she die 3 weeks after the show :(
I am so sorry for her.
i wan't to help her, but i can't do anything.
(sorry for my bad English)"
Since then, the following comments (in reverse chronological order) were posted on YouTube on May 21, 2008. I have, as yet, been unable to substantiate them.
"alanna0001 (4 days ago)
she is not dead.
she lives close to me.
shes in alabama state getting major treatment. she will hopefully overcome this. on the last update we got, she was 63 pounds, but it critical condition.
alanna0001 (4 days ago)
yeah she's still alive.
shes in very critical condition though, but thats not surprising.
hopefully she will make it through this.
it's a terrible disease. i know the town and surrounding towns, like where i am from are definetly rooting for her.
bloemetje1707 (4 days ago)
oohhh she's still alive? I read somewhere that she died about 3 weeks after the dr. phil show... I would really want to know if she will be able to recover..
It's so terrible..
alanna0001 (4 days ago)
this girl lives about 20min away from me. We are constantly getting updates and whatnot, she is currently in her 6th week at the Alabama centre for eating disorders. she is VERY sick, but she is trying her best to recover. She weighs 63pounds."

LINK TO YOUTUBE VIDEO & COMMENTS:



UPDATE # 2
(May 26, 2008):

Anorexic woman puts hope in intravenous feeding
TheRecord.com
by Anne Kelly
RECORD STAFF
STRATFORD (Ontario)
Aimee Moore anorexia
"Aimee Moore, the Stratford woman with an extreme eating disorder, is now seeking intravenous feeding to nourish her starving body.

Moore, who spent seven weeks in an Alabama treatment facility after being featured on the Dr. Phil show, has continued to battle anorexia and bulimia since her early departure from the facility April 10.

She recently began investigating options for intravenous feeding after learning from doctors that little else can be done to treat gastroparesis, a digestive disorder which causes her extreme pain when she eats normally.

Medication hasn't been effective.

"It took me a while to process everything they were trying to tell me, but they convinced me I need this," the 68-pound Moore said last week.

With gastroparesis, the stomach takes too long to empty its contents, because of damage to a nerve which controls the movement of food from the stomach through the digestive tract.

Eating disorders are among the causes of gastroparesis. Intravenous feeding delivers nutrients directly into the bloodstream, bypassing the digestive system.

It is hoped that as Moore's body is nourished, its condition will improve and she will be able to eat more comfortably.

Moore's desire to seek the treatment was bolstered by a visit from Heather Coburn, a Waterloo woman with anorexia who has successfully undergone treatment at Credit Valley Hospital in Mississauga.

"She was really encouraging me," said Moore, 28. "She is convinced that life is worth living and she is really enjoying life."

"I just wanted to offer her a fresh perspective," explained Coburn, 36. She has returned to work as a chartered accountant four days a week and attends the outpatient part of the Credit Valley program once a week.

"I feel like a kid again," said Coburn. "I'm just having so much fun."

In Alabama, Moore could receive intravenous therapy on an outpatient basis, but the cost of treatment, as well as accommodation for her and her mother, is beyond what the family can afford.

Facility staff are looking into other funding sources, including the Dr. Phil show, Moore said. She has also inquired about the possibility of intravenous feeding at Credit Valley and is waiting to hear back.

The Alabama facility will re-admit Moore at no charge, if she can get the digestive issue under control. It was the extreme pain that prompted her to leave."
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UPDATE # 3 (June 8, 2008):
Sad saga of Aimee Moore continues
Subject of Dr. Phil Show agrees to new treatment but can't find a doctor who will help
by LAURA CUDWORTH, Staff Reporter
Stratford Beacon Herald
June 3, 2008


"Treatment for Aimee Moore's severe eating disorder is in a holding pattern five months after she appeared on the Dr. Phil Show.

The 28-year-old Stratford woman taped an episode of the show in January and was offered free treatment at Magnolia Creek in Alabama.

She agreed to go and was beginning to gain some weight, but severe stomach pain, because her stomach won't contract to move food out of her system, required medical treatment not covered by either OHIP or the show.

She decided to return home in April. Since then, she has lost any weight she gained at the treatment centre and her compulsion to binge and purge is as strong as ever.

Last month, Aimee agreed to a form of intravenous feeding known as total parenteral nutrition (TPN) provided she would be able to do it as an outpatient. TPN is often used when a person's digestive system has shut down.

"To me it's huge. This is what we were all waiting for," said Aimee's mother Pat Moore.

The doctor helping care for her in the United States wanted her to have some intravenous feeding before she was admitted to the centre because she was so fragile, but at the time she refused.

She will gain weight through intravenous feeding which is any anorexic/bulimic's nightmare, so her mother was relieved when she finally agreed.

"That was huge that she got to that point," Ms. Moore said.

Unfortunately, getting Aimee to agree to intravenous feeding may not be the biggest hurdle. The problem now is finding someone to do it. Generally, doctors are reluctant to insert a PICC line into an eating disorder patient who is then free to leave the hospital, Ms. Moore explained.

When Aimee went into treatment in Alabama she weighed just 63 pounds and was binging and purging 150 times a day. Aimee hasn't been weighed since she returned home.

"She's worse than she's ever been," Ms. Moore said. "There's that part of her that hopes she'll die in her sleep and there's the part of her that wants to live."

Even if Aimee gains a few pounds, she's far from cured. The mental illness still requires treatment.

The doctor affiliated with Magnolia Creek in Alabama wants her to go back there. He has offered to treat her for free and has managed to get the nutrients donated that she would be fed intravenously.

"It's a question of getting there and the cost of living. We're not sure if that door will open," Ms. Moore said.

The family has one income, as Ms. Moore stays home to care for Aimee and her brother. Aimee's father is the sole provider and has also had serious health problems.

The Dr. Phil Show has been contacted but is in hiatus and there has been no response so far, Ms. Moore said.

The family's church, Life Church International in Woodstock, has set up a fund to help the family pay for medical bills already acquired and to help with other expenses.

To donate go to www.lifeinyou.com or call the church at 1-519-537-7700 and ask for Nancy."
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UPDATE # 4 (July 8, 2008):

"Family relieved as eating disorder patient enters hospital
July 08, 2008
Anne Kelly
RECORD STAFF

STRATFORD

Aimee Moore, the Stratford woman with a severe eating disorder, has been admitted to a Mississauga hospital for tube feeding.

The 28-year-old is expected to remain at Credit Valley Hospital for two months to nourish her 68-pound body and try to heal her damaged digestive system.

"This is really the only choice, or she is not going to survive," Moore's mother, Pat, said yesterday as she and her husband, Dave, drove their daughter to the hospital. "She's scared, but there is some excitement there and some relief."

Aimee, who did not feel up to being interviewed yesterday, was featured on the Dr. Phil show in February. Host Phil McGraw said her anorexia and bulimia was the worst he'd seen.

After taping the show, she entered Magnolia Creek Residential Treatment Center in Alabama, which was treating her at no charge. However, Aimee left the centre after seven weeks. A damaged nerve in her stomach wouldn't allow it to properly empty food to her bowels, which left her in excruciating pain.

Aimee has battled eating disorders since age 14 and has tried other treatments without success. At Credit Valley, which has an eating disorder program, she will have a tube running from her nasal passage through her esophagus to her stomach, her mother said. It will slowly provide nourishment. Initially, she will be sedated and will not be able to eat anything for the first month. In the second month, small amounts of food will be introduced, Moore said.

If this is successful, Magnolia Creek is willing to readmit Aimee at no charge, she said.

Her daughter had hoped for intravenous feeding, but doctors rejected the idea, prompting Aimee to finally accept tube feeding. "Their feeling is in order to get the stomach working again, you need to use it," Moore said.

Moore worries about the physical pain and emotional torment Aimee may experience but is thankful she has experts to deal with complications. "I'm feeling hopeful that the treatment will work and Aimee will be able to persevere through this."

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Aimee Moore anorexia

UPDATE #5 (August 5, 2008):
"Aimee Moore hopes to head back to Alabama treatment centre Monday

Posted By LAURA CUDWORTH
Staff Reporter
Posted Aug 2/08


The flight has been booked and Aimee Moore could be on a plane back to an eating disorder treatment centre in Alabama Monday.

Should she end up on that flight, it will represent a big step in her long-time battle with severe anorexia and bulimia.

In early July she agreed to go into Credit Valley Hospital for tube feeding and stick it out for a month.

"It's huge what Aimee has done here, really, and one day she'll realize it," said mom Pat Moore from Aimee's hospital room.

The game plan is for Aimee, accompanied by her mom, to go directly from the hospital to Magnolia Creek in Alabama to keep her from falling into binging and purging habits at home.

Aimee was featured on an episode of the Dr. Phil Show last February. At the time the 28-year-old weighed just 63 pounds.

She was admitted to Magnolia Creek for treatment and stayed seven weeks, but returned home when she experienced severe stomach pain as her digestive system tried to cope with solid food passing through her body normally.

Provided Aimee's blood samples are stable, doctors have cleared her to go back into treatment in Alabama.

If her blood work is not stable she'll stay in hospital and the Moores will have to pay $175 on each of two tickets to change the flight. Because Aimee has a pre-existing medical condition, the family was unable to get flight cancellation insurance, Ms. Moore said.

Aimee has not eaten solid food yet, but has been suffering with nausea and cramping in recent days. It's common in eating disorder patients but increases the desire to purge in order to stop the pain."
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Magnolia Creek Aimee Moore anorexia

UPDATE # 6 (August 13, 2008):

"Anorexic Stratford woman suffers setback

TheRecord.com
Posted byApril Robinson



Aimee Moore and her mother flew to Alabama expecting to check in to a treatment centre for eating disorders Tuesday.

But weighing in at 65 pounds, Aimee was turned down at the door, her mother said.

Now, Aimee, a 28-year-old Stratford native who has suffered from severe anorexia and bulimia for 15 years, is being treated at a Birmingham hospital.

Her mother, Pat Moore, is overwhelmed with frustration and disappointment.

"I don't know how we're going to pay for this," she said, voice shaking, from Trinity Medical Center yesterday. "I'm sitting here thinking, 'What are we going to do?' "

Pat said Aimee had spent the past five weeks being tube-fed at Credit Valley Hospital in Mississauga. She said doctors discharged Aimee on Tuesday morning, saying she weighed 90 pounds, had good blood work and healthy vital signs.

But Pat said she got a different story when she reached Magnolia Creek Residential Treatment Center Tuesday evening. Aimee weighed 65 pounds and was unstable.

Incoming patients require a letter and lab results from their doctor saying they're stable. But Pat said Credit Valley doctors didn't send the blood work results, and Aimee's health and weight were too risky, so the Alabama facility didn't admit her.

A spokesperson at Magnolia Creek would not elaborate on their admissions process.

Aimee already spent seven weeks at the facility in April after the Dr. Phil show featured her case. The centre was treating her for free, but Aimee left early because she had extreme stomach pain as her damaged organs tried to digest food.

Pat said treatment centre staff sent Aimee to the local hospital Tuesday night, where a doctor specializing in nutrition and eating disorders is now treating her.

But Pat claims the Mississauga hospital may have misled the Moores into thinking Aimee was more ready for treatment than she really was.

Wendy Johnson, a spokesperson from Credit Valley Hospital, said she could not comment on a patient's confidential case.

"If there's any concern between the mother and the doctor, we would be more than pleased to discuss that with the mother."

Pat said Aimee did purge three cans of a nutritional supplement drink she drank on the day she was discharged. But she said she suspects the hospital wanted to get rid of her.

"Aimee's very challenging," she said. She said the hospital posted a security guard and nurse to Aimee's room around the clock. "She can have the strength of an army."

In the Birmingham hospital yesterday, Aimee was heavily medicated and dozy, Pat said. She had been feeling a lot of anxiety and distress. Doctors hooked her up to an intravenous to feed her essential nutrients.

After she arrived in the Birmingham hospital, Aimee ate some bran cereal with milk, half an orange and a few bites of an apple, Pat said. But she threw it up right away.

"As soon as food is in her, it's like it needs to get out," Pat said.

Short on cash and energy, Aimee's mother is worried about what they will do next.

"Right now, there's just a million unanswered questions," she said. "The most important thing is Aimee's life. And as a mom, as a parent, you'll do anything.

"So I'll just take it one day at a time."

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UPDATE # 7 (August 25, 2008):
"Woman with eating disorder suffers setback, costs mount
Record staff
STRATFORD
The mother of a Stratford woman who nearly died last week from her eating disorder is hoping her daughter will be discharged from an intensive care unit today. But Pat Moore said her family faces thousands in medical bills for the care Aimee Moore is receiving at an Alabama hospital. She went to the state hoping to be admitted for a second time to a treatment centre for eating disorders, but her condition was deemed too unstable. She was taken to an emergency room Friday when her kidneys failed."
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UPDATE #8 (August 29, 2008) :

RECORD STAFF

STRATFORD


"Anorexic woman out of hospital

A Stratford woman who nearly died recently from her extreme eating disorder is out of an Alabama hospital and trying to gain enough weight to be readmitted to a residential treatment facility.

Aimee Moore and her mother, Pat, are staying at a motel in Birmingham, Ala., where she is receiving intravenous feeding and meal replacement drinks to try to gain at least 15 pounds.

If the 29-year-old complies with the therapy, her doctor predicts she could be ready to re-enter residential treatment in four weeks. The facility has agreed to resume her treatment for free.

Her mother said in an e-mail she doesn't know how the family will pay the mounting medical and accommodation bills, but that Good Samaritans in Alabama are trying to find them less costly accommodation."

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UPDATE #9 (September 1, 2008) :
"Aimee making slow progress in battle with eating disorder
Posted By LAURA CUDWORTH, Staff Reporter

Aimee Moore is battling her severe eating disorder in Alabama but not at the treatment centre.

She wasn't admitted to Magnolia Creek Residential Treatment Centre for Eating Disorders because when she arrived she was just 65 pounds and medically unstable, her mother Pat said in an e-mail. Instead, Aimee went to Trinity Medical Center in Birmingham, where a doctor is giving her intravenous nourishment to try to get her well enough to go into treatment.

As a result, Mrs. Moore hasn't returned home to Stratford as planned but is staying with Aimee while she's in the hospital.

Aimee was briefly discharged from the hospital and went with her mother to the Trinity Inn, which is part of the hospital. The room cost is $91 a day -- an expense they didn't expect to pay. Treatment at Magnolia Creek is still free once she's admitted -- as a result of her appearance on the Dr. Phil Show in February.

On Aug. 22 Aimee had a close call when her muscles seized up due to low calcium and she went into kidney failure. She was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit.

Aimee's kidneys are working fine now and she was discharged from the hospital Aug. 25.

If she continues with the intravenous feeding and takes meal supplement drinks without purging, her doctor in Alabama is hoping she could be admitted to Magnolia Creek in four weeks, Mrs. Moore said.

She needs to reach between 80 and 85 pounds to be admitted.

Mrs. Moore said the family has no idea how they will manage to pay for another four weeks in Alabama.

Church contacts in Canada are reaching out to their contacts in the United States to see if there's some less expensive accommodation available to the Moores while in Alabama.

A fund to help the family with expenses has been set up through Life Church International in Woodstock

Credit card donations can be made through the church's website at www.lifeinyou.com or by calling the church at 1-519-537-7700."
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UPDATE #10 (September 6, 2008) :


"Anorexia patient could return to treatment centre Monday

September 06, 2008
Record staff

STRATFORD


Aimee Moore could re-enter an Alabama treatment facility for eating disorders on Monday. The 29-year-old Stratford woman, who has an extreme eating disorder, has made great strides during four weeks in Alabama receiving outpatient intravenous nutrition, her mother Pat reported in an e-mail. Intravenous feeding is expected to end Monday, after which she is to be admitted to Magnolia Creek Residential Treatment Centre."

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UPDATE #11 (September 19, 2008) :


"Stratford woman with eating disorder back in hospital in U.S.

Record staff

A Stratford woman with an extreme eating disorder lasted less than a week in a U.S. treatment facility before landing back in hospital. Aimee Moore is now back on intravenous feeding and her mother, Pat, has returned to Alabama from her Stratford home to be with her.

The anorexic and bulimic is being kept alive intravenously until she is strong enough to return to Magnolia Creek Residential Treatment Centre.

This was Moore's second stint there, where she began receiving treatment for free last winter after appearing on the Dr. Phil show.

In an e-mail, Pat Moore said Aimee's doctor said she must return home if she doesn't stop purging in the next two to four weeks."
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UPDATE #12 (December 6, 2008)
"Woman back in treatment for severe eating disorder
December 06, 2008 RECORD STAFF
STRATFORD

A Stratford woman with an extreme eating disorder has entered an Alabama treatment centre for a third time. Aimee Moore, 29, returned to Magnolia Creek Residential Treatment Centre this week, having built her weight up to 84 pounds. Moore has been in Alabama since August, having intravenous feeding and fighting off complications, her mother Pat, said yesterday in a phone interview from the U.S."

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UPDATE #13 (January 2, 2009)
"Woman with eating disorder has another setback
January 02, 2009
Anne Kelly
RECORD STAFF

STRATFORD

Aimee Moore is back at her home in Stratford after a third unsuccessful stay at a centre for eating disorders in Alabama.

Pat Moore, the mother of the 29-year-old, says her daughter's health has deteriorated rapidly since her return to Canada.

"Aimee knows this is a life-and-death situation," Pat said.

Moore arrived in Alabama in August at 65 pounds and gained nearly 20 pounds through outpatient intravenous feeding.

She entered Magnolia Creek Treatment Centre on Dec. 1 and was progressing well. She was discharged Dec. 13 after purging a meal, a violation of the rules, while on 24-hour observation.

She and her mother, who had been with her during her stay in Alabama, arrived home Dec. 16. Moore weighed 94 pounds.

She is now eating little, continuing to purge and is growing weak. She has lost much of the weight she gained.

Pat said Magnolia Creek is willing to give her daughter one more chance at treatment free of charge if she can get her weight back up to 90 pounds, with a goal of reaching 105 pounds.

It has been 10 months since Moore appeared on the Dr. Phil Show, which linked her with Magnolia Creek. "


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UPDATE #14 (September 17, 2009)
The latest news on Aimee is not good.
At the end of January,2009, Aimee was sleeping all the time and had lost the weight she had gained at Magnolia Creek in Alabama.
On April 30th, I received the following comment on one of my posts:
"Anonymous said...

I know Aimee and her mom and keep in touch with them via email. My last email from them was a few weeks ago, and as of then, she was alive, but not doing well. Before she can get well, she's really got to choose that she wants to recover and that she doesn't want the bingeing. Her desire to binge is so very strong. It's such a sad situation. Please pray for her and her family.

April 30, 2009 1:44 PM"

I have learned that Aimee's brother, Aaron, and father, Dave, have serious medical issues at this time, as well.
How Pat, Aimee's mother, is coping with all this tragedy is beyond me, especially with the passing of her (Pat's) father in July of this year.
As of this writing, Aimee is still alive.
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UPDATE #15 (December 9, 2009)

I have just received a comment from a reader that Aimee is presently in a residential treatment facility in South Florida. I can't tell you how relieved I am to hear this news.
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As news of Aimee comes in, I will continue to keep everyone updated on her condition.



THE DANGERS & DEADLY CONSEQUENCES OF EATING DISORDERS


"Eating disorders profoundly impact an individual's quality of life. Self-image, relationships, physical well-being and day to day living are often adversely affected. Eating disorders are also often associated with mood disorders, anxiety disorders and personality disorders. Bullimia nervosa may be particularly associated with substance abuse problems. Anorexia nervosa is often associated with obsessive-compulsive symptoms. The scope of related problems associated with eating disorders highlights the need for prompt treatment and intervention.

Medical issues:

The process of starvation associated with Anorexia Nervosa can affect most organ systems. Physical signs and symptoms include but are not limited to constipation, abnormally low heart rate, abdominal distress, dryness of skin, hypotension, fine body hair, lack of menstrual periods. Anorexia Nervosa causes anemia, cardiovascular problems, changes in brain structure, osteoporosis, and kidney dysfunction.

Self-induced vomiting can lead to swelling of salivary glands, electrolyte and mineral disturbances, and enamel erosion in teeth. Laxative abuse can lead to long lasting disruptions of normal bowel functioning. Complications such as tearing the esophagus, rupturing the stomach, and developing life-threatening irregularities of the heart rhythm may also result.

Physical Dangers:

Sometimes those suffering with Anorexia and Bulimia do not appear underweight — some may be of "average" weight, some may be slightly overweight, variations can be anywhere from extremely underweight to extremely overweight. The outward appearance of a person suffering with an eating disorder does not dictate the amount of physical danger they are in, nor does it determine the severity of emotional conflict they are enduring.

Symptoms:

Amennorrhea — loss of menstrual cycle.

Barrett's Esophagus — associated with Cancer of the esophagus and caused by Esophageal Reflux, this is a change in the cells within the esophagus.

Blood Sugar Level Disruptions:

Low Blood Sugar — can indicate problems with the liver or kidneys and can lead to neurological and mental deterioration.

Elevated Blood Sugar — can lead to diabetes, liver and kidney shut down, circulatory and immune system problems.

Callused fingers — caused by repeated use of the fingers to induce vomiting.

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome — crippling fatigue related to a weakened immune system.

Cramps, bloating, constipation, diarrhea, incontinence — increased or decreased bowel activity.

Death — caused by any of the following or any combination of the following: heart attack or heart failure, lung collapse, internal bleeding, stroke, kidney failure, liver failure, pancreatitis, gastric rupture, perforated ulcer, depression and suicide.

Dehydration — caused by lack of intake of fluids in the body.

Dental Problems — decalcification of teeth, erosion of tooth enamel, and severe decay.

Gum Disease — caused by stomach acids and enzymes from vomiting; lack of vitamin D and calcium, and hormonal imbalance.

Depression — mood swings and depression caused by physiological factors such as electrolyte imbalances, hormone and vitamin deficiencies, malnutrition and dehydration. Living with the Eating Disorder behaviors can cause depression. Depression can also lead the victim back into the cycle of the Eating Disorder (or may have initially been the problem before the onset of the ED). Stress within family, job and relationships can all be causes. There are also a percentage of people born with a pre-disposition to depression, based on family history.

Diabetes — high blood sugar as a result of low production of insulin. This can be caused by hormonal imbalances, hyperglycemia or chronic pancreatitis.

Digestive Difficulties — a deficiency in digestive enzymes will lead to the body's inability to properly digest food and absorb nutrients. This can lead to mal-absorption problems, malnutrition and electrolyte imbalances.

Dry Skin and Hair, Brittle Hair and Nails, Hair Loss — caused by Vitamin and Mineral deficiencies, malnutrition and dehydration.

Edema — swelling of the soft tissues as a result of excess water accumulation. Most common in the legs and feet of Compulsive Overeaters and in the abdominal area of Anorexics and/or Bulimics (can be caused by Laxative and Diuretic use).

Electrolyte Imbalances — electrolytes are essential to the production of the body's "natural electricity" that ensures healthy teeth, joints and bones, nerve and muscle impulses, kidneys and heart, blood sugar levels and the delivery of oxygen to the cells. Bad circulation, slowed or irregular heartbeat, arrhythmias, angina, heart attack - There are many factors associated with having an eating disorder that can lead to heart problems or a heart attack. Sudden cardiac arrest can cause permanent damage to the heart, or instant death. Electrolyte imbalances (especially potassium deficiency), dehydration, malnutrition, low blood pressure, extreme orthostatic hypotension, abnormally slow heart rate, electrolyte imbalances, and hormonal imbalances can all cause serious problems with the heart.

Esophageal Reflux — Acid Reflux Disorders — partially digested items in the stomach, mixed with acid and enzymes, regurgitates back into the esophagus. This can lead to damage to the esophagus, larynx and lungs and increases the chances of developing cancer of the esophagus and voice box.

Gastric Rupture — spontaneous stomach erosion, perforation or rupture.

High Blood Pressure, Hypertension — elevated blood pressure exceeding 140 over 90. Can cause: blood vessel changes in the back of the eye creating vision impairment; abnormal thickening of the heart muscle; kidney failure; and brain damage.

Hyperactivity — manic behavior; not being able to sit still.

Impaired Neuromuscular Function — due to vitamin and mineral deficiencies and malnutrition.

Infertility — the inability to have children; caused by loss of menstrual cycle and hormonal imbalances. Malnutrition and vitamin deficiencies can also make it impossible to succeed with a full-term pregnancy, and can increase the chances significantly of a baby born with birth defects.

Insomnia — having problems falling and/or staying asleep.

Iron Deficiency, Anemia — this makes the oxygen transporting units within the blood useless and can lead to fatigue, shortness of breath, increased infections, and heart palpitations.

Kidney Infection and Failure — kidneys cleanse the poisons from your body, regulate acid concentration and maintain water balance. Vitamin Deficiencies, dehydration, infection and low blood pressure increase the risks of and associated with kidney infection thus making permanent kidney damage and kidney failure more likely.

Lanugo — (soft downy hair on face, back and arms). This is caused due to a protective mechanism built-in to the body to help keep a person warm during periods of starvation and malnutrition, and the hormonal imbalances that result.

Liver Failure — the liver aids in removing waste from cells, and aids in digestion. Fasting and taking acetaminophen (drug found in over-the-counter painkillers) increases your risks for Liver damage and failure. Loss of menstruation and dehydration (putting women at risk for too much iron in their system), and chronic heart failure can lead to liver damage or failure.

Low Blood Pressure, Hypotension — caused by lowered body temperature, malnutrition and dehydration. Can cause heart arrythmias, shock or myocardial infarction.

Lowered body temperature — caused by loss of healthy insulating layer of fat and lowered blood pressure.

Malnutrition — caused by undereating or overeating. Malnutrition indicates deficiency for energy, protein and micronutrients (e.g. vitamin A, iodine and iron) either singularly or in combination. It can cause severe health risks including (but not limited to) respiratory infections, kidney failure, blindness, heart attack and death.

Mallory-Weiss tear — associated with vomiting, a tear of the gastroesophageal junction.

Muscle Atrophy — wasting away of muscle and decrease in muscle mass due to the body feeding off of itself.

Orthostatic Hypotension — sudden drop in blood pressure upon sitting up or standing. Symptoms include dizziness, blurred vision, passing out, heart pounding and headaches.

Osteoporosis — thinning of the bones with reduction in bone mass due to depletion of calcium and bone protein, predisposing to fractures.

Osteopenia — below normal bone mass indicating a calcium and/or vitamin D deficiency and leading to Osteoporosis. Hormone imbalance/deficiencies associated with the loss of the menstrual cycle can also increase your risks of Osteoporosis and Osteopenia.

Pancreatitis — when the digestive enzymes attack the pancreas; caused by repeated stomach trauma, alcohol consumption or the excessive use of laxatives or diet pills.

Peptic Ulcers — caused by increased stomach acids, cigarette smoking, high consumption of caffeine or alcohol.

Pregnancy problems — including potential for high-risk pregnancies, miscarriage, still born babies and death or chronic illnesses from minor to severe, in children born (all due to malnutrition, dehydration, vitamin and hormone deficiencies).

Swelling — in face and cheeks (following self-induced vomiting).

Seizures — increased risk of seizures in Anorexic and Bulimic individuals may be caused by dehydration. It is also possible that lesions on the brain caused by long-term malnutrition and lack of oxygen-carrying cells to the brain may play a role.

Tearing of Esophagus — caused by self-induced vomiting.

TMJ "Syndrome" — degenerative arthritis within the tempero-mandibular joint in the jaw (where the lower jaw hinges to the skull) creating pain in the joint area, headaches, and problems chewing and opening/closing the mouth. Vitamin deficiencies and teeth grinding (often related to stress) can both be causes.

Weakness and Fatigue — caused by generalized poor eating habits, electrolyte imbalances, vitamin and mineral deficiencies, depression, malnutrition, heart problems."



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83 comments:

Heart Of The Dark said...

I read a few daya ago on YouTube (from a comment) that she died - is that true? I hope not!

Medusa said...

Heart Of The Dark, no, according to my sources, Aimee has not died, though she is desperately ill. She is back in Stratford at the home of her parents.

Heart Of The Dark said...

Medusa, I`m glad to hear that she hasn`t died. Sad that she is still so ill, I hope she will get better soon and send all my good wishes to her.

Anonymous said...

I know Aimee and her mom and keep in touch with them via email. My last email from them was a few weeks ago, and as of then, she was alive, but not doing well. Before she can get well, she's really got to choose that she wants to recover and that she doesn't want the bingeing. Her desire to binge is so very strong. It's such a sad situation. Please pray for her and her family.

Anonymous said...

This is so depressing and tragic, she was such a beautiful girl before she became ill. It's sad she cannot she her beauty. I really wish her the best.

Janice said...

Does anybody know how Amy is doing on this moment?
I really hope she is still alive!

Medusa said...

Janice, I have heard nothing about Aimee's condition, other than the comment posted by Anonymous on April 30, 2009. I hope Anonymous posts again to let us know how Aimee is doing.

~ Medusa

Anonymous said...

Hello Medusa -

Aside from Aimee, there was another anorexic girl on Dr Phil that really touched my heart. Her name was Jessica and she was 23 years old. Do you know how she's doing? I don't usually watch the show, so I don't know if there has been an update.

Best,
Genevieve

Medusa said...

Hi,Genevieve,

I didn't see the show which featured Jessica. I will try to track it down and see what I can find out for you.

All the best,

Medusa

Anonymous said...

Medusa, here's a clip :

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UgjqTCrIk_g&feature=PlayList&p=2F82EF1580AD6E63&playnext=1&playnext_from=PL&index=25

So sad...

Genevieve

Medusa said...

(((Genevieve)))

Thanks so much. I'll watch the video ASAP.

~Medusa

Gerry said...

This message is to inform you that their have been so many people who have lost their life and had absolutely, no choice and you have managed to keep your family and friends in a hostage positon because your not sure if you want your life or not. Shame on you. I haver lost people I love and now wish that God had some kind of exchange program that for people such as yourself could enter and the poeple I have lost could come back. But their is no such program with God at the Moment. So here is my advise growup eat some food gain some weight and live your life to the fullest until God decideds he wants you back for God's sake your parents and family members along with friends you have met along the way must just be exhausted from this rollcoaster that you placed them on. No more blogs,no more video's, no hosputal visit enough is enough either want live or don't make a decision as an adult.

Tired of individuals who think can continue to hold people hostage because their selfish ways and thoughts about themselves.

Gerry in Cananda

Alison said...

Gerry, it's not a choice. It's an illness. Just because it has mental origins rather than physical (although there is research indicating there are physical brain differences predisposing individuals to EDs) doesn't mean anorexics choose to be the way they are. This poor girl is caught between the voices of those who care about her and who want her to live, and the voices in her head screaming at her to starve, to purge, to waste away. It is not just a case of "growing up, eating some food and gaining some weight" as you state. It is not selfish. It is an illness. The sooner that is understood the better. Without such an understanding, anorexics continue to recieve 'treatment' which does not adequately deal with the real problem - the mental state. It is NOT just a case of "fattening anorexics up". If anything, that is the worst thing to do as it is more likely to lead to more extreme weight loss behaviours which will put their already strained bodies under even more stress.
Understanding, patience and time are what is really required. Things which it seems the healthcare system (and many individuals) does not have enough of.

Medusa said...

Alison, thank you for your wonderful response to Gerry's comment. Well said.

~ Medusa

Anonymous said...

Hello medusa,

I was wondering how Aimee Moore is doing? Can't find any update's about her? Do you know how she's doing? greetings from Holland

Medusa said...

Hi, Anonymous

I can tell you that as of the end of July, 2009, Aimee was still alive.

Unfortunately, I haven't received an update as to how she is doing physically and mentally.

As soon as I learn anything, I will update my post.

Thanks so much for your comment.

~ Medusa

Anonymous said...

Girls who "suffer" from anorexia are nothing more than spoiled brats who want attention. Anorexia is not a "disorder" - it is a choice young women make. Aimee Moore is an especially pitiful woman because she is bringing down her entire family with her. Shame on her!

These women don't need treatment. They need a good swift kick in the rear. If they don't straighten up then their families should wash their hands of them.

Aimee Moore and others like her should be shipped off to a place like the Sudan to see real suffering and be forced to work with the people there who have endured real hardship. That would probably jolt her out of her narcissistic, self-serving, selfish, bratty behavior. Paleeze, I have no patience for these ridiculous, woe-is-me, pity-party girls. Group up!

Medusa said...

Anonymous, I'd like to give you a good swift kick in the ass for your ignorance.


~ Medusa

Anonymous said...

I meant, "Grow up!"

I'm hardly ignorant about these matters since I suffered through a year of this nonsense with an old girlfriend. She was a whiny, spoiled-rotten, self-centered girl who just needed a stern talking to.

If anorexia is an "illness" why is it not prevalent in third world countries? And why is it so commonplace in the US? Because girls in the US are spoiled rich kids who haven't suffered real tragedy. Many children living in poverty in African nations, for example, are concerned about their next meal, finding a roof over their heads, living in the midst of civil unrest. They don't have time to sit around and hold a pity party for themselves.

Aimee Moore is a brat. Her family should boot her out the door and wish her good riddance. She contributes nothing to society. Though her freak show antics provide hours of warped entertainment.

Medusa said...

Such compassion, Anonymous. Your poor girlfriend.

She's far better off, though, without your sorry ass around her.

I won't be posting any more of your comments. No feeding of trolls here.

~ Medusa

Anonymous said...

How are you Anonymous! Maybe your were a spoiled little brat going through a bad diet but it was NOT the illness shown here. You heartless brat. Who do you think you are? I pray you never ever become a doctor or anything else the must have compassion for others. I feel so sorry for any children or loved ones that may go through any hard times, apparently YOU are not someone who has a heart. Fuck off you worthless sorry piss ant little bastard.

argy echeverria said...

HOLA MEDUSA ESPERO QUE ESTES MUY BIEN SOLO QUERIA DECIRTE QUE HE LEIDO TODA LA VALIOSA INFORMACION QUE TIENES Y ME HA GUSTADO MUCHO, ME HA AYUDADO A SEGUIR ADELANTE YO TENGO ANOREXIA DESDE LOS 14 AÑOS, AHORA TENGO 23 Y SE QUE ES UN CAMNO MUY DIFICIL CADA DIA SE ME HACE MA SDIFICIL, ME GUSTARIA CONTACTAR CONTIGO Y ASI PODER PUBLICAR MI HISTORIA SI ASI LO DESEAS... TE MANDO UN ENORME SALUDOS Y OJALA PRONTO TENGAS NOTICIAS DE AIMEE MOORE ACERCA DE SU SALUD..

Medusa said...

Below is a very loose translation of the comment by argy echeverria. If anyone can do an exact translation, I'd really appreciate it. Thanks!

"Hello Medusa, I hope that ESTES MUY BIEN SOLO wanted to say that I have read all the valuable information that you have and I liked it, has helped me move forward from anorexia I have 14 years, now I am 23 and that every day is very difficult CAMNO CADA DIA SE ME HARE SDIFICIL MA, like to contact me and so can you publish my story if you like... I send enormous greetings to you and hopefully soon you have the news of Aimee Moore about her health."

debora said...

hi MEDUSA i hope you are great, i just wanted to say i've read all the valuable information you wrote here and i really liked it.
it's helped me to carry on my life,i have anorexia since i was 14; now, i'm 23 and i know it takes a hard way, and each day it turns more and more difficoult.i would like to get on to with you and thus you could upload my story if you want.
i hope you have some news about aimee moore's healt.geetings bye!

(there are some phrases i couldn't translate, i speak spanish and i don't know how to say "mandar saludos" but it means something like "greetings".
the same way i wrote "get on to", like "keep on touch" when it says "contacar")

i hope you understand,

Anonymous said...

I read that Aimee's grandfather recently died (last month, I think), and she was listed as a survivor, so she is definitely alive. But that poor family doesn't need any more sadness... it is too bad to hear about her grandfather...

Sami said...

I love you Aimee, I don't know if you can ever recover, but people you've never even met are love you & are there for you. Take care.

sadlife said...

Hello

I was wondering what happened to Aimee? It has been a while.
I have heard from several sources that she is not doing well, hopefully she is on her way to doing so.
Regarding the other patient on Dr. Phil, I heard she completed rehab successfully and has been in recovery for a while now.
Hope you are all having a ggod day!

Medusa said...

sadlife, please see Update #14 above for the latest on Aimee.

~ Medusa

Anonymous said...

Dear Medusa,

I am a guy writing from Sweden and don't suffer from EDs. However, my cousin and a close friend have been struggling from anorexia for years and luckily my cousin is more or less cured from it, the other friend still battles hard.

It was only due to the illness coming so close that I realized how severe and omnipotent anorexia can develop. When my cousin was at her worst, it was so heart-breaking to listen her talking only about food, gloating over how this and this chocolate or ice-cream is delicious and how she "just loooves Japanese food". She weighed around 40 kgs (and around 175cm), what a blatant discrepancy! I felt myself so powerless, I could only say that I was worried that she was going to kill herself with the diet.

Since then I have been puzzled by anorexia, read some books about it and searched for information in the Internet. I am especially worried by the pro-ana and thinspo sites, it is really dangerous to think EDs as a "life-style" and a fashionable way to treat your problems. I don't know what happens in their heads when they are in Aimee's state. It is just so difficult to imagine that a girl who is hardly alive from undernourrishment , is afraid that somebody could think she is fat! It is so sad and I really think they went a bit too far with her personal details. Maybe she was not ready for all that, I don't know. One thinks that DR. Phil is just another abuser.

I realize now that there is not much substance in my letter, I just don't know how to handle EDs.I really would like to help somehow young and old women and men to realize that good looks, succes, fame and self-control are not worth it. The greatest and most attractive people I know are not always the most beautiful ones but people who are home in their body. I just don't know what and how could I help. I'm afraid some people with EDs would find my help suspicious as they think they don't need any. Does any of you any have suggestions how an ordinary guy could help?

Before I stop, I want to give my full gratitude and respect for Medusa! The work you do is highly valuable in combatting against this deadly disease. And for all of you who still suffer, I really hope that ALL of you will win your battle and come out of fear. It is possible, there are many positive examples of it!

LOT'S OF LOVE,

Lars

Medusa said...

Lars, thanks so much for taking the time to comment. The experience of watching your cousin and close friend each struggle with an ED must have been very painful. I'm very happy to hear your cousin is in recovery, and I hope for the best for your close friend. The path to recovery is fraught with obstacles and it takes tremendous strength to overcome them.

I hope you hear from some of my readers with suggestions on how you could help.

And thank you for your very kind words. I really appreciate them.

~ Medusa

Anonymous said...

Dear Meduse,

Thank you for the new updates from Aimee... It's sad to know that she isn't doing so wel, it concerns me! I'm a year younger than she is, and when I was seven years old eating become a problem to me. So in a way I do know, how it's like for Aimee. That's probably Aimee had reached my heart, with her story. I do pray for her and her family... Hoping she can find some strenght to get though this! I will pray... with love

Anonymous said...

When it comes to depressive anxiety disorder it's very hard for most "normal" people to understand that the self destructive side to it is a SYMPTOM of the problem...that the problem lurks in the deep recesses of the mind rather than with "attention seeking".
It's so easy to say "snap out of it" or " why is it people in Africa don't suffer from anorexia".
( i used to think this way until i suffered from depression)
A person can be physically starving BUT still be mentally stable.
This also goes for people who are wasting with cancer.
They might be seriously ill BUT still balanced mentally.
With anorexia/bulimia it's the MIND that is misfiring..ones self perception is faulty.
Yes, they might be self absorbed but even this is a NIGHTMARE SYMPTOM of the very illness..not a CHOICE made by the sufferer.
They have NO control over all this and no amount of "shock tough love" or trips to starving Africa will have effect.
Some on here who have commented are probably too ignorant to understand this.
I wish Aimee well.
She's incredibly brave and doesn't understand her illness.
Shame that some on here THINK they understand it.

mariabelenamables said...

hello medusa im from argentina and i never had ED but im on diet pills and iwont eat anything for several days,i don think im anorexic,im 25 years old and have a normal live,but sometimes i feel that im not enougth, and i just want to be perfect and respected, and my guess is that i have to be thin in order to get what i want.i love your post and respect your opinion. if you want me to translate anything just contacme. my support and love...belen.

mariabelenamables said...

hello medusa im from argentina and i never had ED but im on diet pills and iwont eat anything for several days,i don think im anorexic,im 25 years old and have a normal live,but sometimes i feel that im not enougth, and i just want to be perfect and respected, and my guess is that i have to be thin in order to get what i want.i love your post and respect your opinion. if you want me to translate anything just contacme. my support and love...belen.

Anonymous said...

Aimee is presently in a residential treatment facility in South Florida.

Medusa said...

Anonymous, I can't thank you enough for updating me on Aimee. I had heard no news about how she was doing for months now, so your update is such a relief.

I'm so glad she's back in treatment.

I get so many e-mails from people wondering how Aimee is doing. If you could keep me updated, I would be forever grateful.

Many thanks again for taking the time to update me.

~ Medusa

Stephanie said...

This is so sad. I am not anorexic or bulimic, but am often made fun of because everyone thinks I'm starving myself. I just have always been skinny. I'm 13, 5'2 and 78 pounds. And for all you people out there who are suffering with an eating disorder, just remember, you can get through it! You will! You are in charge of your life and may I suggest a very inspiration movie called "For the Love of Nancy" about an anorexic girl. My health teacher was bulimic and she said she regrets every second of it. She acquired diabetes from it and now her stomach is full of scar tissue from vomiting so much. She can't even take Advil or Tylenol because her stomach won't absorb it. So just remember that everyone is beautiful! Much luck to everyone struggling with an eating disorder and I really hope you can get through it. I will be praying for you.

Anonymous said...

is Aimee still alive??

Medusa said...

As of last month, Aimee was still alive. I received an e-mail from someone who knows Aimee who confirmed that.

Justina said...

HI, ANY NEWS???

Medusa said...

No news on Aimee as of late, Justina. I'll post as soon as I hear anything.

Anonymous said...

I am so glad that I found this site because I happened upon this young woman's story and have been praying that she has learned to deal with this terrible illness. I give her so much credit for sharing her story so bravely and to show the raw reality and devastation both anorexia and bulimia can cause an individual and loved ones and she was very right when she said that she doesn't like to eat in front of others and I'm sure her vomiting even in front of her mom was humiliating but out of her control. Please provide any updates on her well being. God Bless her and her family.

Anonymous said...

Aimee is still in treatment in South Florida, the same treatment center I was at, and she is doing really well!

Anonymous said...

Im so glad shes still alive and hopefully recovering. I heard alot of rumours that she had passed on but i assume it was people making up stories because there life is so ''interesting''
Im from Ireland so its hard to find updates but would be really grateful for one

Anonymous said...

Dear Medusa,

Are there any news from Aimee Moore? How is she doing?

Medusa said...

I haven't received an update on Aimee for quite awhile.

When I do, I'll be sure to post it.

Lady Treefrog said...

I am so happy for Aimee, she seems to finally be getting somewhere, I hope she stays strong.x

Anonymous said...

hi everyone i have always wanted to know how aimee was doing since that dr. phil episode, i stopped watching his show a long while back but i am praying for her to get better! to anyone who is actually staying in touch with aimee, please please send her this message: aimee, you have a beautiful soul for having wanted to turn your life around. you are extremely strong for having had the courage to face your addiction and you have been a part of my thoughts from the day i saw you on the show. do not give up because life is such a joy. look around at the people that care surrounding you and just tell yourself you do not have to please anybody but yourself. the way you perceive yourself now is absolutely not your fault whatsoever. be strong and remember there will always be people who care about you in this world! -With love from my family and myself in Ottawa <3

Melanie said...

Dear Aimee, I heard of your story years ago... I had just thought of you today and wondered how you were doing, and if you were getting better. What reminded me of you was a book, called Purge.. See, today, I took 8 strong sleeping pills, and I started to feel like I wanted more because of the sleep i got and how high i got. that happened just today, but I feel like I already want more and I'm afraid of addiction, because I've already been 6 months sober. I'm 14 years old.. I used to be bulimic when I was twelve, and this book, Purge, it was almost making me WANT to go back to throwing up everything I eat to get skinny.. But I am strong when it comes to rejecting an addiction. Anyways, that's why I was reminded of you. Your story is so heart breaking.. and I don't want to feel the pain you are and have felt over the dreaded addiction.. I wish you all well, happiness, and to get better. I support you 124383908094839049089038% everyday. I will be rooting for you! You are beautiful inside and out and I know you can do it. We love you.

Love,
a supporter, Mel.

Niika said...

Latest update on Aimee's Facebook site:

"Aimee:
Hey all; Aimee is currently trying to get back into treatment - out of her own accord; but insurance is creating some problems. More encouraging emails would be so appreciated! Aimee and her mother were very touched by your support an encouragement!! So, keep encouraging, and keep her in your prayers. Thank you!!
May 17 at 1:35pm"

Anonymous said...

hey aimee please hang in there! you must survive, you have so much potential, and it would be a blow to the world if you were to disappear..don't give up, i know sometimes you might feel it might be easier to just let go, but no, you must remember that it takes more courage to live than to die. it you can overcome this, then you can most certainly overcome anything. my prayers will be with you
---Jessie, from California, bulimic survivor

Its*just*Katy** said...

Update from her mum on facebook site

Pat Moore
We are blessed, humbled and overwhelmed by the continued love and support poured out on behalf of Aimee and her family. Our prayers are being answered, but we must all remain patient and persistent...never quitting or giving up. Changes are occuring within Aimee and as she continues to grow in her love and acceptance of herself by receiving God's love and acceptance and when she believes that she can change with His help, then what has changed on the inside will manifest on the outside in her actions. Aimee has applied to Mercy Ministries in the US and is in the midst of this process. There have been a few complications, but Aimee is working through them. Please continue to pray. Thank you. Love & Blessings to all of you, Pat (Aimee's Mom).
Like · · September 26 at 4:10pm

Anonymous said...

Suicide is against the law (even slow suicide like anorexia) hold these girls accountable and throw them in jail for a month or so. In jail you can't refuse to eat, they will tie you to a special chair and force feed you and if you vomit (even accidentally) they start all over again. No coddling behind bars. What would YOU do if that was the ONLY option to keep your child alive? Sometimes prison is the best place for an addict even a person addicted to dieting.

Anonymous said...

I don't understand about the feeding tube that Aimee wants. In the episode of intervention she was eating like a linebacker..I'm sorry I'm with Gerry (and also a former anorexic/bulimic) this is an attention getting tactic and I can say this with all honesty because I have been there. The hell I put mt family, friends and therepists through was ridiculous, what was I thinking? I could have gone to college, got an education and I through it all away, for what? attention. No one should be known for having this condition. People should put all the time and energy they put into starving themselves into something positive. Alison, no it might be classified as an illness but it is brought on by ones self not like cancer where you need to go through hell and back to stay alive. Also in treatment I went through the "Re-feeding Process" now I eat normally. It took a lot of work on my part but not as much as the work I put into being 63 pounds at 5 foot 3 inches. Medusa please stop encouraging these young girls, tell them like it is please. Peace out! Sincerely, a former ED patient.

Medusa said...

I'm sorry, but I don't have any recent updates on Aimee. If I do find out how she's doing, I will update my post. Thanks for writing!

teacher said...

Can you repost the video? I use this website to educate my teenage students about ED's. The video Aimee has about her struggles with ED's is emotional and very real. I think so many of my students feel connected to her. I have had torubel with this loading. It is too powerful to not include in Aimee's story.

teacher said...

can you repost or reload Aimee's video clip from the Dr. Phil show. I show this clip during my instruction on Ed's. Aimee's story is powerful and many students connect with Aimee. I hope her struggles and voctories are not in vain, through this website we can reach so many students.

Medusa said...

Teacher, the video clip is within the body of this post and still works. To view it on Youtube, go to this link:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iy_RPP2eIfk&feature=player_embedded#!

Regards,
Medusa

Anonymous said...

You can support Aimee on Facebook. Here is an update4 from her mother. Aimee is working hard to keep her spiritual self healthy! She's connecting with her church, and trying to remain healthy. Most importantly, she wants her eating disorder gone! Aimee's mother reads this page on a regular basis, and shares your encouragement with her! Thank you so much for your words - they truly inspire Aimee in her recovery! She is so blessed to have the support of each of you! Please continue to love on her and inspire her♥

Anonymous said...

Aimee is working hard to keep her spiritual self healthy! She's connecting with her church, and trying to remain healthy. Most importantly, she wants her eating disorder gone! Aimee's mother reads this page on a regular basis, and shares your encouragement with her! Thank you so much for your words - they truly inspire Aimee in her recovery! She is so blessed to have the support of each of you! Please continue to love on her and inspire her♥

Medusa said...

Anonymous, thank you SO much for the updates on Aimee.

Please give Aimee and her mom our love. So many people write me, asking how Aimee and her family are doing, so it's such a relief to hear that Aimee continues her fight and is doing well!

Anonymous said...

That is so amazing and so encouraging to hear! My love and my good energy goes out to you Aimee in your fight against this disease and to your mother who is a warrior in her own right.

Heather said...

Hope you are well <3

Anonymous said...

Aimee, I know how hard all of this is, and a big part of you will always want to purge, perhaps for the rest of your life, but a louder voice comes through to fight for a life, with love. I had bulimia and anorexia for 15 years actively, starting at 13. I'm now 34, have 3 precious, beautiful boys and a career, and a man I adore. That ugly voice talks sometimes, but not every day, and I think no, that's not me anymore. You can fight through this illness, go ahead, be happy. I remember a song lyric helped me change-' I hear you're losing weight again Mary Jane, do you ever wonder who you're losing it for?'. Good question I think... I wish you all the strength I had, to change, to grow as a woman and be proud of your successful recovery. Much love!!

Maya Wettenhall said...

OMG, poor girl!
But good to know she's struggling and she feels she needs to change it!
But! This is such a horrible disease....

Anonymous said...

I will pray to God that Aimee's Eating Disorder will leave her body and will allow her to regain her health. I'm dealing with an eating disorder (bulimic/anorexic) and I'm 14. The exact same age Aimee was when she was diagnosed. I've always said to myself that I want to eat normal again. But I've been accepting that I will die this way. But I love life. Reading this and watching the show Dr. Phil has me thinking. I don't want this anymore. I won't let this take over. Lord please help me. Everyone PLEASE keep me in your prayers.

Anonymous said...

To the above commenter, Anonymous 14-year-old) anorexia/bulimia please please please reach out to someone it can get so much worse than you could ever imagine so it's not something to deal with silently in your mind. Even if you feel you are not a full blown ED it doesn't matter because you are so young that it is not too late yet to do something about it, even if it's just talking to a therapist or even friends or your parents. You're only as sick as your secrets, just remember that. And sorry bout the typos I'm on my phone and it won't let me backspace or delete ;)

Angelica said...

How on earth can they kick her out from treatment because she's purging? Of course you should try and follow the rules and really fight in order to get well but Aimee purging isn't necessarily the same thing as her not wanting or fighting to get better. When someone is that sick, it's very likely that they will do sick things even when in treatment. I don't think the solution to this is to kick the patient out, rather the staff should talk to him/her and ask what made him/her do it and then find a way to avoid that it happens again. Maybe support the person more next time he or she is feeling anxious from eating.

I really think it's the wrong way to handle it, kicking the patient out and it makes me very sad to read that they did it. Maybe Aimee would be healthier now if the doctors had done more for her and not kicked her out. Well, no matter what it's really cold and cruel and IGNORANT to just kick her out when she does a sick thing because what the heck, _she is sick_. Ofc she does sick things then.

I truly hope that she gets the help she needs and gets better. I feel so sorry for her and everybody else who suffers from eating disorders. I myself suffered from an ED for several years but I am better now. I think that all around the world, there are serious problems when it comes to ED treatment. It's sad. :(

Anonymous said...

Anybody know how aimee is doing?

Stephanie Ann said...

It is the most horrible thing to suffer from (eating disorder). i believe you can fight this aimee ! they also say the most challenging thing is the most worth fighting through it.

you actually inspire me to think better about myself, your story and everything, because you teach people and myself to learn to love ourselves no matter what skin we are in. The tragic outcome to beauty is not to be skinny. its to love yourself for who you are and embrace it.

hope for the best for you aimee <3

Anonymous said...

Hi aimee, i'm from south america, i've saw your case, and i just wanted to tell you that sometimes we believe that everything is wrong and we're so no important in this life because other people makes us believe that, but girl, you are beatiful and your eyes have sadness when i see you online, i really hope that you can change that sadness in your eyes and your voice and you realize that life has so much color, and so much happiness when you feel that youre doing thing well., =).. i dont know you, but i really hope you be happy, because you are the one of all that people in the world who deserves

Barbara said...

Hi aimee, i'm from south america, i've saw your case, and i just wanted to tell you that sometimes we believe that everything is wrong and we're so no important in this life because other people makes us believe that, but girl, you are beatiful and your eyes have sadness when i see you online, i really hope that you can change that sadness in your eyes and your voice and you realize that life has so much color, and so much happiness when you feel that youre doing thing well., =).. i dont know you, but i really hope you be happy, because you are the one of all that people in the world who deserves

Anonymous said...

Hi
I was wondering if there is any news on Aimee?

Medusa said...

No news since April 2012 :(

Sarah Franklin said...

Is there any news of Aimee and her condition yet?

Medusa said...

No further updates, Sarah, since last April :(

Anonymous said...

please find out if this young lady is still alive! she has been in my thoughts and prayers... today there was a re-run of the Dr. Phil show she appeared on in 2008. I hope she is doing better she was such a beautiful young lady and could have the world at her fingertips if she strives to battle this disease. Mentally she is challenged however its easy for others to say get over it and eat this young lady MUST decide she is worthy of a healthy lifestyle or she will not make it.. God please watch over her and take the wheel get into her mind and set her free of the demon destroying her inside and out!!!!

Anonymous said...

S. Williamson posted 06/23/2013 @ 10:43 am central/standard time........Please post any updates on this young lady as the world is waiting and praying for god to take the wheel and get into her mind and over come the demons she is battling.. A re-run of the Dr. Phil show aired today as he showed compassion on the show I feel he should continue to help her and her family financially as he stated "I am an advocate to help save these people with bulimia and anorexia!" He should have the courtesy to follow up on his website the outcome of her story.. again Aimee please believe that God will take the wheel soon and this demon will be forever gone. We the viewers want to see you happy and as beautiful as you were in your past pictures. You have so much to live for your amazing and beautiful smile was overwhelming to viewers. I remembered today how you spoke of your teeth please don't worry about ur teeth as dentist today can implant new teeth. Please please please get better and stop worrying what others think. If we all worried about others opinions this world would be full of issues. Please take the care offered and when your body and mind feel the need to purge go for a short walk, read your bible, talk to your mother or blog on to the website and talk to us about it... This fight is so powerful the only person who can fix this is God and you!!! DO NOT GIVE UP!!!!!!!!!! YOU are such a great person if only you would realize this!! I can go on for hours about the enormous impact we have read with your battles to others however I want you to know you and God can fight this demon!!! He will not win!! Eat the food and the pain that comes along with eating as this too shall pass. The pain is another way this demon is setting you back!! Be strong and keep us in touch as the State of Louisiana and the world are eagerly praying and hoping you are in a better place.... Medusa please keep us posted on this beautiful young lady as she WILL OVERCOME this once she puts her MIND in the right place....... much love Aimme

Cara said...

Please... how is she doing now?

Unknown said...

Any update on Aime? It's 2016 now and cannot find anything on her.

Medusa said...

I've also been unable to get an update on Aimee. As soon as I find out anything, I'll post it here.

Kimalosa said...

Amy is incarcerated at a Windsor, Ontario jail. She is hospitalized in the jail's infirmary and has been for several months as she still suffers with her eating disorder. I believe she was convicted on theft charges.

Medusa said...

Kimalosa, thanks so much for the update on Aimee.

I'm relieved to hear that Aimee is still alive but very saddened that she's still in the grips of her ED and in jail. Just tragic.

Again, many thanks, Kimalosa.

~ Medusa