Puppet on a String: A Young Girl's Fight to Survive Anorexia Nervosa
In the words of Helena Wilkinson' Looking back I can hardly believe the words I wrote in "Puppet on a String" are about me! Yet in re-reading the book, making some alterations and finding more of my poems to add...
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In the words of Helena Wilkinson' Looking back I can hardly believe the words I wrote in "Puppet on a String" are about me! Yet in re-reading the book, making some alterations and finding more of my poems to add for this edition of "Puppet on a String". I felt the heartache, frustration and pain I experienced all those years ago. I can also see so clearly how God had His hand upon my life, directing me to certain people at certain times, all of whom played such important roles in my recovery. Not long ago I was taking a day seminar on understanding eating disorders and one of the organisers was someone who had faithfully prayed for me throughout my fight to beat anorexia. She had not seen me since those days! It seemed so strange to meet her as an adult and as someone on the same wavelength, when my memories were of me as a fearful and distant teenager and her as an older woman who was a part of what I thought was a 'fuddy-duddy' group who prayed for me! At the time I felt awkward and did not think their prayers would do anything. Here I was, standing before her as evidence that God heard and God healed. Now that I am in the position of praying for others, and probably praying quite similar prayers, I am so full of appreciation and admiration for her commitment to me.
After working as a research assistant in the psychiatric department of a Zulu hospital, Helena Wilkinson trained in counselling. For four years she was the Editor of "Carer and Counsellor". She is the author of six books and numerous booklets, and is a member of the Society of Authors and the Society of Women Writers and Journalists. Helena was the Found of Kainos Trust for eating disorders, and operated as Director until January 2004 when she joined the full-time team of Nicholaston House, a Christian healing centre on Gower, attached to Swansea City Mission.