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October 19, 2006
Hunched over, I wrap my arms around my jutting ribs and shiver down the hall of the Emergency Room. Careless and oblivious nurses, interns and doctors pass me like a ghost, not realizing or caring that I had been in one of their rooms. After waiting in that room for the doctor for over an hour, and on a stretcher in the hall for an hour before that, I was released with a diagnosis that had nothing to do with my symptoms or with my true illness. When she finally came in, she could barely stand to look at me, never mind listen to me when I tried to tell her what was wrong. My blood burned and heart raced, beating so fast I thought that eventually, it's going to have no choice but to stop. I truly thought I was having a heart attack. And while waiting, I wanted to call out to someone, but all who kept passing the door were nosy people chatting away, and if I cried "help," I was afraid it would be with my last breath.
I continue to walk, each slow step a reminder that there is still a little bit of life in me, but I don't want to risk anything. I have never been so conscious of the real feeling of living before, even though I don't feel so alive. Maybe because I was so close to death, I kept making note I am alive just in case anything weird starts to happen, so I can let someone know, and maybe this time, they will listen and save me.
No, I think, I need to save myself.
The cheery nurse at the desk by the door says "goodnight." I give her a weak smile and use my whole body to push the door open. Already frozen in the cool California night air, I see Sam's car pull in the ER driveway. I let my fragile body drop into the car, my bony spine aching against the backrest. I thank her, feeling like a burden--as if her first ER experience with me wasn't bad enough. As if having to live with me isn't bad enough.
"I can't believe they aren't admitting you," she says.
"I know," I tell her, and I mean it. I don't want to live like this anymore. Afraid to live because I might die. "They barely looked at me and wrote it off as anxiety."
I press my hand against my heart to keep it warm from the cold. There isn't much protecting it, and it needs all the help it can get.
"I really thought I was going to die in your kitchen." I can't look at Sam. "I didn't think the ambulance would get there on time. Then all I could think was, 'what if I never see my family again?'"
I start to feel sick and tap my feet to get some blood pumping. Once I find my voice, I tell her, "I really don't feel well and I know something's not right."
We were already out of the hospital lot and at one of the many stoplights in Santa Monica. "They should have admitted you and had you on I.V. fluids and a feeding tube," she says, somewhat shaky. She pauses. This snarky, brave, funny, bold, brash, courageous woman pauses and looks to her side window, then shakes her head and says straight to me: "I know you don't want to hear this, but I think you're anorexic."
The light turned green.

From the Back Cover

"Roberge portrays the inner workings of a life dealing with disordered eating in an honest, realistic manner.  Her struggle toward recovery and eventual realization that this is an ongoing journey will provide hope and validation to any individual dealing with an eating disorder directly.  I will definitely recommend this boook to my clients interested in doing the hard work it takes to recover from Anorexia Nervosa and/or Bulimia." ~Hollly Finley David, MA, RD, CD-N, CDE Registered Dietician/Eating Disorder Specialist

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 262 pages
  • Publisher: Chipmunkapublishing (November 15, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849913242
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849913249
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,718,294 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Nicole Roberge is an Eating Disorder Survivor, Mentor and Advocate. Her memoir, "Hang in There, Wherever 'There' is," tells the story of her struggle with Anorexia, her fight for recovery, and how she never lost hope. With four years recovery now, she has her own non-profit, "Beautiful Lives," for the education and prevention of Eating Disorders in Connecticut, where she speaks at middle schools, high schools and at hospitals. She is a Mentor to many individuals and lobbies in D.C. with the Eating Disorders Coalition.

As a writer, she has been published in The Los Angeles Times, Rolling Stone, ELLEgirl, The Hartford Courant, New England Film, Script Magazine, Her Sports, Gotham Baseball, SHE Caribbean, J Vibe, Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, Hear/Say and Songwriter Universe. She also founded and served as editor to the online music magazine, Tuned in Music. In addition, she was a book contributor to the LA family guide, "Hungry?" and the inspirational journal, "Recovering the Soul." For several years, she had a humor dating column with Online Dating Magazine and now with the Stonington Patch.

Roberge lives in Connecticut amongst her family and two English Bulldogs, Boomer and Molly.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jason Filardi on January 1, 2011
Format: Paperback
Hang in There... is a very brave account of one woman's
battle against anorexia. The soldier/author gives us in full,
unabashed detail the pain and suffering she and her loved ones
suffered at the hands of this terrible disease. And yet for a book
so full of excruciating truths, the author is able to weave a steady
diet of comedy throughout...something she relied on heavily
in order to get to "There". It's heartbreaking, maddening, funny,
courageous, informative and ultimately uplifting. For those out there
suffering from anorexia, read this book. You are not alone.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Carol on May 4, 2011
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"Hang In There" is poignantly real and raw with it's honesty and emotion - just as real and raw as eating disorders are. While sometimes sad, often times it's the humor that gets us through hard times and that's what comes through all throughout the book. If you've ever suffered with an eating disorder it helps to know you're not alone. Wherever your " there" is, read this book and you will find yourself nodding in the familiarity and the reassurance of knowing you are very much not alone.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Eric Eilersen on June 6, 2011
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I very much appreciate the idea of this book, and I'm glad that the author beat her battle, but I got this book for a friend of mine who is currently struggling with anorexia, and it seems to have set her back a few steps in her recovery. She told me that this book scared the hell out of her, which I guess is good, but she also picked up a few tricks that she hadn't thought of before to hide her disease from others. I guess the author wanted a true authentic feeling, but I am now afraid that my friend will employ the tricks that the author used to use before she was recovered. In that respect, I can't recommend this to anyone that is currently struggling with an eating disorder, because it may do more harm than good.
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