37 year old Rachel Farrokh says she has been battling anorexia for over a decade – and now, weighing only 40 lbs, she is pleading for help to fight the disorder.
She and her husband Rod Emerson have successfully raised over $100,000 through a GoFundMe campaign and hope to use the money to pay for treatment at a Colorado hospital.
The fundraising goal was reached less than a month after the GoFundMe Campaign was launched, and people continue to donate. The campaign has now raised $150,000.
In a video released last month, Farrokh says she has been to multiple treatment centers, but so far, treatment has been unsuccessful. She and her husband believe that a Colorado hospital is her last chance to recover.
She is currently receiving treatment from a team of medical professionals in California, where the couple live. Her treatment team includes a doctor, nurse, eating disorder specialist, and therapist.
Farrokh hopes that she will be able to be admitted to the ACUTE Center for Eating Disorder Treatment in Denver, Colorado. She says that at the moment, she is trying to get healthy enough for her doctors to allow her to travel.
Her husband, Rod Edmonson says that in addition to getting Rachel the treatment she clearly needs, he hopes the GoFundMe campaign and the recently released video will help people to better understand eating disorders and challenge. One of the biggest misconceptions about eating disorders is that it is just about being skinny, or having a bikini body.
One post made by Edmonson suggested that people share their own stories of struggling with an eating disorder in order to raise awareness and challenge some of the assumptions people make.
Eating disorders are often misunderstood and have one of the highest mortality rates of any mental illness, with about 4% of anorexia and bulimia sufferers dying due to complications from the disorder.