Karen-Ann had suffered from an eating disorder since the age of 11
Of the many posts I have done about deaths caused by eating disorders, this one nearly broke me. I was so affected by the words of this beautiful, young girl in the video made by her brother, Paul Cooney, that I sobbed.
Shortly after this video was made, Karen-Ann died from an overdose on January 22, 2010. She was only 22.
"This was a University project to create a short film from start to finish and produce a DVD. As I wanted to cover something I cared about I decided to interview my sister Karen-Ann who suffers from an eating disorder. I wanted to try and give more insight into what is an often misunderstood condition."
"Since originally posting this video, Karen-Ann passed away on the 22nd of January 2010. She will be terribly missed, but she is at peace now, and I'm thankful she got to tell her story before she moved on."
One of Karen-Ann's dearest friends sent me the link to Paul Cooney's video of his dear sister, Karen-Ann, with the following note:
"On January 22nd 2010, one of my dearest friends, Karen-Ann, passed away from an overdose.
Not but a few weeks prior her brother made a video for a film class of her, with a topic of her struggles with her eating disorder.
She was beautiful, and I want to share this with you..."
Karen-Ann's family has asked that donations, if desired, may be made in Karen-Ann's memory to Bodywhys, the national voluntary organization dedicated to supporting the 200,000 people in Ireland affected by eating disorders (http://www.bodywhys.ie/).
To Karen-Ann's dearest friend who sent me the link to Paul's video of Karen-Ann, thank you from the bottom of my heart. Karen-Ann's words are life-changing.
May Karen-Ann finally find the peace in death that she so desperately sought in life.