Trapped in the House With an Eating Disorder
By Virginia Sole-Smith
The New York Times
March 31, 2021
It has been difficult to share my story and ask for the help I desperately need.
I have been struggling greatly with eating disorder relapses exacerbated by the pandemic and the stalking I have experienced for over 11 years .
On March 23, 2020, I was admitted to virtual partial hospital program because I could not go to the recommended residential program.
On June 30, 2020, I was discharged because I could not afford to continue treatment & had to return to work.
On January 31, 2021, I reported more stalking incidents to police which hastened another relapse with severe PTSD.
On March 15, 2021, I was re-admitted to virtual partial hospital program.
On May 14, 2021, I was unexpectedly discharged because the program suddenly closed.
On May 17, 2021, I was admitted to virtual intensive outpatient program & continued to attend virtual peer support groups and individual therapy.
On June 1, 2021, I was placed on waitlists for assessments with other eating disorder programs.
On July 1, 2021, my health insurance administrator changed while on my second extended medical leave of absence from work.
On August 17, 2021, I was admitted to a virtual partial hospitalization program.
On August 31, 2021, I was notified by letter that my employment status is terminated effective October 1 because they cannot continue to hold my position because doing so would cause undue hardship on the organization.
On October 31, 2021, I will lose my health insurance because I cannot afford to continue it with COBRA.
If you are able to donate $5 or more to my treatment fund, I would greatly appreciate your help.
If you cannot donate, please keep me in your thoughts and prayers.
Malinda Ann Hill
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