INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - Audrey Chambers, now 21, says her battle with anorexia started her senior year in high school when teen self-consciousness took a dark turn.
She went from a normal 135-pound kid to barely recognizable, dropping to 105 pounds. in 3 months and down to 95 pounds a few months later.
“I was having trouble sleeping because my bones were so protruding at that point that it was painful to lay down,” Audrey said.
Photos on her blog documented the changes, like her ribs and spine protruding.
Her blog was shared by pro-ana websites, where those with the disorder encourage each other to keep losing and share tips on how.
“I'd go into her room and just see gum wrappers everywhere,” said her dad, Bob Chambers.
A steady diet of gum, diet soda and apples sustained her as she documented the shrinking figure anorexics crave more than food.
According to Audrey, something else sustained her too.
“I was a huge liar, it was terrible,” Audrey said. “I would sit in bed at night and be like, 'Wow, how many things did I lie about today?’”
Audrey would often tell her parents she was going to eat with friends and then tell friends she ate at home.
By then a college freshman with yellow nails and thinning hair, Indiana University Health Services took notice.
They sent an ultimatum to Audrey's parents.
“You need to weigh this amount when you come back or don't come back,” Bob recalled of the letter he received.
That marked Audrey's turning point. She did go back to IU, and, over her remaining years, she slowly worked her way out, one meal at a time, with help from dieticians, doctors, counselors and family.
Now a senior at IU, Audrey said her recovery is a struggle everyday, but she's in a good place.
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