The woman, who is in recovery from the eating disorder, is expecting a child this winter with her husband.
Twenty-six-year-old Jessi Davin has struggled with anorexia since she was 19. So last Halloween when she saw an "Anna Rexia" costume poking fun at the eating disorder that has almost killed her many times, she took to the Internet to voice her anger.
"Real sexy, huh? This is 'Anna Rexia's' real monstrous face," Davin wrote about the getup, a skeleton suit with measuring tape around its waist. She also shared photos of herself in extremely poor health.
But it was Davin's description of what she has been through that pushed her post viral. Here are some of the tough-to-read accounts she originally shared about her battle to beat anorexia:
- Four years of hospitalisation.
- A nasogastric feeding-tube because you've starved yourself so much that your body doesn't recognise food as a good thing and tries to attack itself.
- Re-Feeding Syndrome, which can kill you.
- A mother who cries every time she sees you because you look and SMELL like death.
- Almost every major organ in your body failing.
- A shower chair—because you can't stand in the shower because you're too weak and the warm water could make you pass out.
Kinda puts the "Anna Rexia" costume in perspective, huh? Thankfully, Davin got help, and got better. And she recently announced that she and her husband are pregnant with their first child! The baby was conceived via IVF, not because of Davin's health condition, she says, but because of her husband's fertility issues. She is now seven months pregnant, and although she is considered high-risk, she claims to be focused on her health, and that of the baby.
Unfortunately, Davin had to be hospitalized because her severe morning sickness spurred a return to her anorexic habits. But she remains positive.
I can only hope this brave mom-to-be continues to get the help she needs, both for her sake, and that of her child. As a mom of three girls, who struggled with an eating disorder in my early 20s, I too feel the enormous weight of modeling healthy eating habits and a positive body image. Both because I would never want my daughters to go through what I did, and because my greatest hope is that my children will learn to love themselves by watching me. After many years, I can finally say I do.
Melissa Willets is a writer/blogger and a mom. Follow her on Twitter (@Spitupnsuburbs), where she chronicles her love of exercising and drinking coffee, but never simultaneously.