Being Ana: A Memoir of Anorexia Nervosa

Being Ana: A Memoir of Anorexia Nervosa

by Shani Raviv


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Shani Raviv is a misfit teen whose peer-pressured diet spirals down into full-blown anorexia nervosa—something no one in her early-nineties, local South African community knows anything about.

Fourteen-year-old Shani spends the next six years being “Ana” (as many anorexics call it), on the run from her feelings. She goes from aerobics addict to Israeli soldier to rave bunny to wannabe reborn, using sex, drugs, exercise and, above all, starvation, to numb out everything along the way. But one night, at age twenty, Shani faces the rude awakening that if she doesn’t slow down, break her denial, and seek help, she will starve to death. Three years later, her hardest journey of all begins: the journey to let go of being Ana and learn to love herself.

Being Ana is an exploration into the soul and psyche of a young woman wrestling with anorexia’s demons—one that not only exposes the real horrors of a day in the life of an anorexic girl but also reveals the courage it takes to stop fighting and find healing.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781631521393
Publisher: She Writes Press
Publication date: 07/11/2017
Pages: 296
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Shani Raviv is a published writer, writing coach, copywriter/content producer, and speaker who was born and raised in South Africa. She disputes the belief that an anorexic mindset is a life sentence and considers herself fully recovered. She lives in the Bay Area of California with her son.

Table of Contents

Preface 1

1 Little Girl 7

2 Climbing the Walls 8

3 Happy Family, Weeping Willow 16

4 Lawnmowers and Silence on Sundays 30

5 Screwed World 35

6 Down the Rabbit Hole 52

7 Lost 76

8 Heartbreak 84

9 Lightning at Sunset 99

10 Grapes and Popcorn 108

11 Rave Bunny 125

12 Candyflipping 143

13 Barefoot in the Dawn 160

14 Wildfire 167

15 Surrender 185

16 On the Road 195

17 Sky Is Falling 209

18 On the Run 223

19 Relapse and Rehab 242

20 Forgiveness 259

21 Letting Go 267

Epilogue 269

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