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Devotions for Survivors of Sexual Abuse

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Comment from l.raven
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HI Melissa, I thank God I never Bulimic...can't even imagine how awful that would be...I am sure people are waking up reading your story...it is so very well written sweet angel...I have learned things I didn't know...and you picture says it all...love you girl...Linda xxoo

 Comment Written 13-Feb-2018


reply by the author on 13-Feb-2018
    Hi Linda, thank you so much! I suffered with anorexia for a short time, but never did the laxatives or made myself throw up. I just refused to eat. It's funny how you have to have control of something in your life and use food to do it. I'm so glad, for the most part, anyway, that these posts are well received and that people are learning more about abuse and its damaging effects. Love you, Mel
reply by l.raven on 13-Feb-2018
    like you...I only had an eating disorder...thank God...you are always so welcome angel...love xxoo
reply by the author on 14-Feb-2018
    I'm glad you overcame it'
reply by l.raven on 14-Feb-2018
    so am I...it is a scary thing to want to eat...and can't...Blessing to you...LOve xxoo
Comment from GWinterwin
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Another good chapter Melissa. Much information that I didn't know and that can help someone like me to possibly be more alert about someone who might have been abused. God bless you for this book, keep up the good work.

 Comment Written 09-Feb-2018


reply by the author on 10-Feb-2018
    Hi George, thank you so much! I'm finding many are learning things they didn't know. Melissa
Comment from Gert sherwood
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Hello MelB
I will say when one reads how unhealthy or overeating and feeling guilt can lead to Bulimia
is very well written
Gert

 Comment Written 09-Feb-2018


reply by the author on 09-Feb-2018
    Hi Gert, thank you so much for the great review. I appreciate it! Mel
Comment from ExperiencingLiphe
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I just don't like puking so I guess that's why I never did this. I don't much like pooping either so that rules out the laxatives. Pooping is just annoying and a waste of part of a day. lol. I'm glad you put the number on here.

 Comment Written 09-Feb-2018


reply by the author on 09-Feb-2018
    Hi Meghan, I dealt with anorexia, but I just refused to eat. I never took laxatives or thew up. Who likes to throw up? I did remember the number. Thanks for suggesting it! Mel
Comment from Mrs. KT
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Hello!
Well-written and highly informational for not only survivors of sexual abuse, but of bulimia. I appreciate the content of your writing and the purpose for which it is written as offered in your footnotes. What many people do not realize is that males suffer from sexual abuse, anorexia, and bulimia...
diane


 Comment Written 09-Feb-2018


reply by the author on 09-Feb-2018
    Hi Diane, you are so right! I was debating keeping this book for both men and women, but I do know that men go through some different issues and I was afraid I wouldn't be as good at covering that. I can only give my experiences and know from the women I've counseled. Thanks for reading and the great review! Mel
Comment from Barb Hensongispsaca
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The tell tail markings on the hand I learned to recognize from my own in others that I tried to help. My doctor told me that the contunied use of laxatives made the skin darken under the arms and breasts. He was right, and it never goes away. Excellent piece

 Comment Written 09-Feb-2018


reply by the author on 09-Feb-2018
    Hi Barb, I didn't know that fact about the laxatives. Thanks for sharing! That's too bad it doesn't go away. Thank you for reading. I appreciate your support! Mel
Comment from davisr (Rhonda)
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A hard hitting chapter focusing on bulimia, its causes and effects.
Like anorexia, this is common among teens. I'm sure it's true beyond teenage years, but that's the group I deal with.

Your books is such a great help to those who suffer from abuse, and I thank you for the time and effort you put into it.

Take care,
Rhonda

 Comment Written 09-Feb-2018


reply by the author on 09-Feb-2018
    Hi Rhonda, thank you so much! I've found it mostly in teens and young adults too. I appreciate your continued support, friend. Mel
Comment from Sandra du Plessis
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A very well-written essay about bulimia. It is a terrible condition to have. It seems like a sufferer cannot help themselves by eating e everything they can stuff in just to get rid of it again.

 Comment Written 09-Feb-2018


reply by the author on 09-Feb-2018
    Hi Sandra, they just want to stop the pain from abuse. Thanks for reading. Mel
Comment from jenintorre
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Hi there MelB
I really enjoyed reading your article on Bullimia. I found it absolutely fascinating. I have a friend that is displaying the symptoms that you pinpoint and I have suspected that she has Bullimia. You have just confirmed it but it is a difficult subject to approach and I know she would deny li.

 Comment Written 09-Feb-2018


reply by the author on 09-Feb-2018
    Hi Jenintome, I'm sorry your friend has bulimia. I'm glad you were able to confirm it through this. I'm sure with your support, understanding, and friendship you can encourage her to get help before it does more damage. I'd love to pray for her - if you'd like to give me her first name. I'll add her to my prayer list. Thanks for reading and sharing! Melissa
reply by jenintorre on 09-Feb-2018
    Her name is Sue but she would never admit to it.
Comment from apky
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Somehow, I'm a bit confused about the difference between bulimia an anorexia, Mel. Is there a marked difference?

In any case, I've once again learnt something very valuable from your wonderful efforts to help those afflicted, whether directly or by relationship.

Keep up the good work.

 Comment Written 09-Feb-2018


reply by the author on 09-Feb-2018
    Hi Aki, while both may use laxatives and vomit to get rid of food, the anorexic will starve themselves and will be literally a walking skeleton. The bulimic tends to look more normal or overweight. The bulimic will consume a whole box of cookies or an entire bag of chips and then induce vomiting. I suffered with anorexia briefly in high school and all I did was refuse to eat or eat next to nothing. I never used anything or induced vomiting. Thanks for the great question! Mel
reply by apky on 09-Feb-2018
    Thanks for explaining the difference, Mel.