At 14 years, Gemma Walker was going through the worst nightmare and couldn’t bare the fact that she was going to die in 2 days. She was diagnosed with anorexia and bulimia and doctors give her 48 hours to live.
“ They were the hardest and most terrifying years of our lives” says Gemma’s father. Imagine what it’s been like for them to wake up in the morning and not knowing if their daughter was still breathing.
“Some nights we would just sit on the floor by her bed, just to be with her, there was nothing else we could do.”
By some miracle, Gemma’s heart didn’t stop beating and she survived, for a year she was in the hospital for better care.
She says that she was scared of her body, she was emotionally and physically gone, but she didn’t give up. “ I look at the photos and I even though i no longer have the same feeling of being numb and I don’t wait for the death each day, I remember what was like, I just wanted the pain to go away and I was ready pass peacefully in my sleep.”
She was given a recovery program and she followed every bit of it. She started to go to the gym and trained for gaining weight again. She learned how to deal with the trauma she experienced and she now consider herself a hero. She consumed 6500 calories in every 20 minutes, that was the reason for her hallucinations and passing out.
“My recovery was very traumatic. My weight gain was very rapid, in less than seven months I put on 40 kilograms, tripling my body weight, however I was at my worst mentally.”
Seven years later, Gemma is doing well and has even launched a new skincare business.