Author(s): Anne Mainsbridge
"For the last three years my daughter], has been slowly dying. Although she is sixteen, she weighs as much as an eight-year-old. Her hormone levels are those of a post-menopausal woman. We have tried everything the medical system has to offer--psychologists, psychiatrists, family therapists, dieticians, drugs . . . but nothing has worked. And now here we are, she and I, flying to the other side of the world in a last ditch effort to save her. Anorexia is a difficult thing to get people to understand. Usually they will look at me incredulously. Sometimes they will come right out and say what I know they are thinking: 'Why can't you just get her to eat?'"
Anne Tonner, a high achieving human rights lawyer and mother of four, is used to facing battles and winning. But when her 13-year-old daughter Claire stops eating and is diagnosed with anorexia, she is confronted with the mother of all enemies, one that is completely unfathomable and seemingly incurable. Anne and her family throw everything they have at helping Claire face the "demon" they name "Cold Vein." But some three years later Claire is still ill and desperately close to death and the family is in tatters. Anne is in danger of not only losing her daughter, but her whole family as well. In a last ditch effort they travel across the world to attend a clinic in Stockholm, knowing that this may be the only chance Claire has to survive. Beautifully and engagingly written, Anne's depiction of the devastating effects of anorexia has not only for the person who has it, but those around them, is honest, tough, and compelling. Ultimately uplifting, this story will shed light on one of the most insidious and dangerous mental conditions.
Anne Tonner is a mother of four and a human rights lawyer. For the last six years, she has run a project in south western Sydney that helps refugees and asylum seekers to navigate the Australian legal system. When she can, she likes to escape with her husband to their house in Southern Tasmania, which is an excellent place for writing and watching sunsets in the company of a very affectionate Cavalier King Charles spaniel called Henry. Anne is very slowly learning to garden and plans one day to learn to sail.