Thursday, April 21, 2016


It is with a very heavy heart that I pass along the news that Karlene Lindenmuth passed away today, April 21, 2016, after struggling for years with anorexia and bulimia.  Karlene was such a sweet, loving, and caring person.  Her death breaks my heart.

She wanted to share her story to warn others about the devastating effects of eating disorders, so encouraged me to chronicle her hellish journey on my blog.

Rest in peace, Karlene.  I was honoured to be your friend.

Many thanks to Karen for letting me know of Karlene's passing today.

You can read Karlene's story here:


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Willow said...

Such sad news... I am sorry for your loss Medusa.

(Thank you for keeping this site going - it has had a profound impact on my life over the years).

Medusa said...

Willow, thank you so much for your sweet words. They mean a lot to me.

Hugs, Medusa

Anonymous said...

I'd been following Karlene's story on and off for years, originally after I discovered your posts about her on this site a while back. So sad to hear that she has passed on. I hope her spirit finally feels at peace.

Medusa said...

Thank you for your lovely comments, Anonymous.

Jenn said...

Karlene is such a sweet sweet soul. I have been her online friend for many years. She held on and endured so much pain it was heart wrenching. I learned of her passing on facebook. She was SO brave for sharing her story--it is very important work.

I still struggle. You never think it will be you with rotten teeth that have to be pulled, and then that happens and it is the worst pain. I just want to share that because I was 35 when I started experimenting with purging. Thought 'I can just do this until I lose weight and then I'll stop'. I lost the weight, couldn't stop, continued to this day, gained almost all the weight back. It's a nightmare. IT IS NOT WORTH IT. <<----- I can't tell you how many of this exact warning I ignored. :-(

I will miss Karlene's hope and cheerful messages on facebook. Every time I saw a post about a sports thing or anything, I would remember that just everyday things like making a post on facebook was so painful for her and that made her a hero in my eyes.

Her Kid Brother said...

Hi. Been reading your site for years. Come here because my sis died of anorexia nervosa and I feel strangely comforted here, knowing that I'm not alone. Thanks for keeping your site up. I'm deeply sorry for your Loss, and for all the Losses we endure as we watch people whom we adore, and ourselves too, gripped by pain and trapped in an absolute hell. Your voice matters. Thanks for speaking.

Medusa said...

I'm so very sorry to hear of your sister's passing. My heart goes out to you. It is so heart-wrenching to lose a sibling. My brother passed at a young age, so I know your pain and loss.

I'm glad that my site offers you some comfort. Thank you so much for your kind words. They mean the world to me.

Sending love and hugs to you,


Unknown said...

So sad, but not surprised, to hear this news. Though I find so much comfort in reading her post saying while she felt recovery wasn't in the cards for her, it was still possible for us.

I started reading this blog in 2008-2009 I believe. I was in the height of my anorexia and bulimia then and today I can say I'm free of it. It'll always be a fight to keep it at bay, but I have a future without it. Much love Medusa and thanks for the update, I hope Karlene has finally found peace.

Medusa said...

Lovely to hear from you, Laynie. Even while Karlene endured incredible pain for so many years, she still found the strength and courage to share her story to encourage others that recovery is possible. She wanted nothing more than to save others from the pain and suffering she endured day and night.

I can't tell you how thrilled I am to hear about your recovery. Recovery is an epic achievement, Laynie. Congratulations!

If you're interested, I now post occasionally on Facebook. You can find my Medusa page at