I swore to myself during my recovery that if anorexia did not kill me, I would make sure as hell the suffering would be worth it.
My name is Jill. And once upon a time, I lost my will to live.
Anorexia is a demon I battled for many years. And there were several points along the way when I thought it would win. But, eventually, the voice of the sickness lost power over me, and I was able to recover.
I made many promises to myself (and to God) as I was going through treatment. One of those was that if I survived anorexia, I would share my story so that it may help others battling this insidious disease.
Powerlifting is the main outlet keeping me on track.
After surviving anorexia, life led me to powerlifting.
Rather than obsessing over the weight on the scale, I began focusing on the weight on my bar. I now participate in powerlifting competitions, and I recently took gold in my weight class and was awarded Best Open Female Lifter. I am a UFE PRO Fitness Model and UFE PRO Fitness Athlete. Status Fitness Magazine named me one of the 100 sexiest fitness models in the world and Oxygen Magazine gave me a full page in their August 2015 issue as a Success Story.
The best part? I now coach others to get stronger.
In the summer of 2015, I had the honour of being an assistant coach for Team Canada at Salo, Finland for the IPF World Powerlifting Championships.
My story is unique.
I am currently working with a ghostwriter to put my story into words. I will soon publish my memoir, Jill’s Rules, to help inspire and motivate others suffering from anorexia, as well as their families.
My vision is for Jill’s Rules to be available throughout North America, and I would love to become a motivational speaker. By sharing my own story, I aim to help young adults and teens struggling through challenges they don’t know how to overcome.
Please click here to read an excerpt from Jill’s Rules: A Story of Strength.
How you can help
I am incurring a number of expenses with the preparation of this manuscript, and though the cost of ghostwriting and editing is well worth it (as I would need to take a year or two off work to write this book myself), it is not easy. The sooner I complete the book, the sooner I can start to help others. And I can’t get the book written any faster without financial help.
I have come up with a number of items I can provide in exchange for a monetary contribution towards the costs of writing and printing the book. Click here to view my fundraising campaign, and if you feel so obliged to make a contribution, I sincerely thank you.
Photography credit: Judi Stone Douglas