Wendy R. Levine – Butterflies Are Free…What About Me

One Woman's Battle With Anorexia Nervosa

I was so happy to welcome to Joy on Paper, Wendy R. Levine to talk about a topic that is important to bring into the sunlight. We have all heard about anorexia nervosa, but few people understand the impact it makes on the lives of people who suffer from this disease -- or, perhaps we should say addiction.

For many of us the most famous person to suffer from this eating disorder was Karen Carpenter, who died at the age of thirty-three. It is heart-wrenching to think that if she had gotten the help she needed, she would be alive today and doing retro-concerts. 

That is why I am so grateful to Wendy for stepping forward to help other people who are suffering and who desperately need help. 

In Butterflies Are Free…What About Me: One Woman’s Battle With Anorexia Nervosa Wendy shares her 47-year personal struggle living with anorexia nervosa. It is a brave book. An important book.

What I found amazing is that there were so many missed opportunities among medical professionals to help Wendy overcome this life threatening illness. It boggles the mind that they missed so many warning signs. Many of her stories are shocking, including one hospitalization that bordered on torture. In fact, she was hospitalized many times, which led to difficulties with keeping a job, getting promotions and dealing with every day situations. She spent too many years 'hiding' -- not just her illness -- but from people.

Eventually, after so many years of struggle, Wendy has found -- if not a cure -- a new outlook on her problems. She is working with loving and caring people who are helping her overcome her negative feelings about her looks and her weight.

Wendy wants everyone to know that there is hope. In Butterflies Are Free her stories help us all understand the problem better and recognize the symptoms. She also includes a very helpful section that explains the resources available to help people suffering from anorexia nervosa, including help groups, insurance issues, how to deal with employers, and so much more.

Despite the many years of needless suffering, Wendy R. Levine has kept on fighting. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from the State University of New York with a BA in English/Journalism and has received numerous writing awards and honors, including a prestigious journalism scholarship from Rotary International for graduate study abroad. Unfortunately, her illness created so many negative feelings about herself that she did not benefit from the opportunity of studying in Wales.

With the release of her book, Wendy is taking the bold step of getting out there are the speaking circuit in the hope of helping others.

Bravo, Wendy!


If you know anyone who might benefit from this book, don't hesitate to get it for them. Sometimes people are in denial -- and all they need is for someone to reach out with love and a caring heart. No one should lose so much of their life for this illness. 



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