Documentary Explores Death of Bulimic Woman

The HealthGal Health Guide June 15, 2010
  • Melissa Avrin died at age 19 of bulimia.  It's a tricky disease, because very often bulimic patients do not appear emaciated or have obvious signs of an eating disorder.  Patients commonly die of electrolyte imbalances that occur as a result of vomiting, causing sometimes dangerous or fatal...

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  • Teresa
    Aug. 17, 2011

    I have a 19 yr old daughter with bulimia and is very sick. She was born with a birth defect and has has two open heart surgerys, one when she was 4 and one when she was 16. Having bulimia and a heart defect is very dangerous and we are very worried about her. We have had nothing but a runaround with Blue Cross as it is very hard to get them to cover anything...

    RHMLucky777

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    I have a 19 yr old daughter with bulimia and is very sick. She was born with a birth defect and has has two open heart surgerys, one when she was 4 and one when she was 16. Having bulimia and a heart defect is very dangerous and we are very worried about her. We have had nothing but a runaround with Blue Cross as it is very hard to get them to cover anything reguarding an eating disorder. She was in residential treatment for 31 days which was not enough and out patient for 60+ days and still had to file appeal after appeal just to get them to pay that. We cannot afford her therapist 2 times a week so she can only see her 2 times a month. once again a total runaround from Blue Cross as to why they wont pay for her therapist. My daughters life is on the line and we cant find anyone that can help her. People and Insurance companys need to be aware of how fatal this disease is left untreated. I pay 1200.00 a month out of my paycheck to have Blue Cross and when you need them they are certainly not there for you.

    • The HealthGal
      Health Guide
      Aug. 17, 2011

      Your story is a tragedy and I can appreciate how frustrated you must be, as well as angry and certainly scared for your daughter's health and future.  Might I suggest 2 possible options that might help - (1) There are patient advocates - you can google the term and see if there is a respected one in your city.  They are experts at "getting things...

      RHMLucky777

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      Your story is a tragedy and I can appreciate how frustrated you must be, as well as angry and certainly scared for your daughter's health and future.  Might I suggest 2 possible options that might help - (1) There are patient advocates - you can google the term and see if there is a respected one in your city.  They are experts at "getting things done."  I am sure there are price differentials so be prepared to interview a few. (2) Why not turn to an advocay group to seek support and help.  check out -

      http://www.edap.org/

      http://www.allianceforeatingdisorders.com/Alliance-Support-Groups

      http://www.edreferral.com/Support_Groups_for_Eating_Disorders.htm

       

      Good Luck!