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Saving Candice-Lee: when anorexia takes over

Saving Candice-Lee: when anorexia takes over

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My sister, Candice-Lee has been struggling with an eating disorder for over 18 years.

After reaching 39kg at the age of 36, she got to a point where she was struggling to get through the days, needing to lie down because her body couldn't hold her up.  She knew that slowly but surely, everything else would stop functioning soon too

 
In Candice-Lee's words:

"Recently reaching a low of 39kg for the second time in my life, I’ve now realised that it will only go one way from here… and it isn’t up! I’m struggling to get through my days, needing to lie down because my body can’t hold me up. I know, slowly but surely, that everything else will stop functioning soon too. God has blessed me with life and I have too much to live for. I need and want to fight back with all I have!

I’ve been going for therapy recently and although my mind feels stronger, my Anorexia has gotten worse and I have finally admitted to myself, my husband and my parents, that I can't do this on my own, it’s too severe. I need intense professional help so that I can tackle this ‘monster’ once and for all. I’m not going to pretend I’m not scared, I’m terrified. I know this is going to be one very tough battle, but I have a fire in my belly to do this and I’m ready to step up to every single challenge that comes my way.

On 30 May 2018, Candice-lee booked herself into a very specialized eating disorder clinic to get the help that she needs and we are so very proud of her for taking this step.

It is a 3 phase treatment which is very costly (R69500 for phase 1 alone) and she needs all the help she can get in order to complete her treatment.

We really appreciate any help during this time, no matter how big or small.

Donations

  • Oct 13, 2018 - USD $ 15.78
  • "Hugest strength to you girl." - Jess S

  • Oct 12, 2018 - R 5 000.00
  • "You deserve to be free from this illness. I will stand by you every step of the way. " - Michelle Toms

  • Oct 01, 2018 - USD $ 13.71
  • "All the best" - Anonymous

  • Aug 21, 2018 - USD $ 140.18
  • "Dear Candice, how beautiful you are. God's girl, so deeply loved, every part of you so intricately and perfectly made. Praying for healing and restoration x" - Anonymous

  • Aug 06, 2018 - R 110.00
  • "New Month ~ continued Hope" - Anonymous

  • Aug 06, 2018 - R 510.00
  • "No matter how long your recovery takes we will continue to support you " - Maylin & Christiaan

  • Jul 26, 2018 - R 210.00
  • "You are so brave and I have no doubt you will succeed at getting healthy. You are worth it! " - Karen Battiston

  • Jul 23, 2018 - R 10 000.00
  • "We are thinking of you and wish you a speedy recovery. " - THC

  • Jul 16, 2018 - USD $ 104.62
  • "Continued prayers and best wishes, Candice" - Graham & Kathi West

  • Jul 03, 2018 - USD $ 27.47
  • "Sending all our love to you Candice xx" - Kirsty Pracey

  • Jul 03, 2018 - USD $ 13.73
  • "Hey Candice, we're all here supporting you & wishing you a full recover! All my love T" - Tracy M

  • Jul 03, 2018 - R 205.64
  • "Stay strong Candice xxx" - Bridget

  • Jul 02, 2018 - USD $ 36.82
  • "Keep fighting the fight, we're all behind you. " - Mars

  • Jul 02, 2018 - R 102.82
  • "You got this ..... as a mom of a teen daughter I am so proud of you publicly fighting this.... be strong " - Jenean

  • Jul 02, 2018 - R 154.23
  • "You can do this my friend! You are stronger than this and you can and will beat this! Thinking of you all the time xxxx" - Angie

  • Jul 02, 2018 - R 102.82
  • "Love u" - Nat

  • Jul 02, 2018 - R 205.64
  • "Nothing is easy, all things take time. Praying for you Candice. Stay strong " - Beverley

  • Jul 02, 2018 - R 514.10
  • "30 Day Victory!! Woohoo, well done! Keep that incredibly strong fight in you! Xxx" - Chantélle Bosch

  • Jul 02, 2018 - R 154.23
  • "Stay strong, you can do this, x" - Natasha

  • Jul 02, 2018 - R 154.23
  • "Thinking of you Candice. Stay Strong. Mwah" - Samantha Rae

  • Jul 02, 2018 - R 510.00
  • "Well done on your 30 day victory ~ keep fighting ~" - Maylin & Christiaan

  • Jul 02, 2018 - R 110.00
  • "A new month with continued hope " - Silent Supporter

  • Jul 02, 2018 - USD $ 38.36
  • "Thinking of you x" - Tammy C.

  • Jun 25, 2018 - R 205.64
  • "You go girl!" - Anonymous

  • Jun 25, 2018 - USD $ 28.29
  • "I'm so sorry to hear about this. I heard of it from Warren Kansley. It's not much but I hope it helps. All the best. " - Vaughan

  • Jun 25, 2018 - R 514.10
  • "Supporting you every step of the way, keeping track of your progress, keep that strength going! xx" - Chantélle Bosch

  • Jun 25, 2018 - USD $ 39.25
  • "May God bless you with the strength you need to get you through this difficult time! " - Lance Langford

  • Jun 25, 2018 - USD $ 78.50
  • "Candice. You deserve this chance. Please hang in there. See you in a few weeks. Angie.xxx" - Angie

  • Jun 25, 2018 - R 205.64
  • "You got this one Aunty Candice " - Uncle Mung

  • Jun 23, 2018 - R 205.64
  • "Love u babe! X" - Natp

  • Jun 22, 2018 - R 200.00
  • "Wishing you strength during this difficult time" - Melissa Hermanus

  • Jun 14, 2018 - R 260.00
  • "You can do this Candice-Lee! Sending you so much love and good wishes <3" - Elana Botha

  • Jun 13, 2018 - R 514.10
  • "Lots of love and strength to all of you xxx" - Bridget

  • Jun 10, 2018 - USD $ 105.31
  • "Be assured of our prayers and best wishes, Candice" - Graham & Kathi West

  • Jun 09, 2018 - R 514.10
  • "So proud of you Candice! You go girl!" - Pearce/Hutcheson cousins

  • Jun 08, 2018 - USD $ 52.60
  • "Stay strong. x " - Janine

  • Jun 08, 2018 - R 1 028.20
  • "You are in our thoughts and prayers." - Colette

  • Jun 07, 2018 - USD $ 20.00
  • "You got this" - Wilke family

  • Jun 07, 2018 - R 1 010.00
  • "We are praying & believing in faith that Candice will overcome this battle. May she receive the healing she needs xxx" - Maylin & Christiaan

  • Jun 07, 2018 - USD $ 22.55
  • "May your courage bring the healing that you need " - Anonymous

  • Jun 07, 2018 - R 514.10
  • "Keep that fire in your belly burning! Sending much strength x" - Chantélle

  • Jun 07, 2018 - R 308.46
  • "Brave girl you can do this.xx" - Joy

  • Jun 07, 2018 - USD $ 21.05
  • "Good luck - I have every faith in you! " - Sent with Love

  • Jun 06, 2018 - R 514.10
  • "You can beat this! Love you, Tiff and Ian x" - Tiffany

  • Jun 06, 2018 - R 205.64
  • "You go girl. You got this. Thinking of you :)" - Sarah

  • Jun 06, 2018 - R 102.82
  • "In our prayers and thoughts x" - Anon

  • Jun 06, 2018 - R 205.64
  • "Keep on fighting! You can do it! " - Chantel

  • Jun 06, 2018 - R 205.64
  • "Wishing you all the best" - Shannon McD

  • Jun 06, 2018 - USD $ 20.62
  • "Hey Candice, Sorry you’re going through this but please continue to believe in yourself. I know you can beat this! " - Justin Smith

  • Jun 06, 2018 - R 205.64
  • "Wishing you a speedy recovery Candice. You are in our thoughts and prays. Be strong <3" - Melissa Ward

  • Jun 06, 2018 - R 411.28
  • "Thinking of you and sending you strength to get through this xxxxxx" - Kim Clifton

  • Jun 06, 2018 - R 205.64
  • "We are all here for you babe, every step of the way! Love you loads xxx" - Hardies

  • Jun 06, 2018 - R 2 010.00
  • "Admitting the addition is the bravest and most difficult part. With the help of your friends and family you can do and achieve anything. " - THC

  • Jun 06, 2018 - R 205.64
  • "Lots of Love for your journey ahead xxx" - Seleste

  • Jun 06, 2018 - R 205.64
  • "you've got this Candice you remain in our thoughts and prayers" - Claire Pohlman

  • Jun 06, 2018 - USD $ 123.70
  • "You can do it! Thinking of you all! " - Nicky

  • Jun 06, 2018 - USD $ 123.70
  • "I believe in you x" - Tammy C.

  • Jun 05, 2018 - USD $ 81.40
  • "Keep fighting kiddo, God bless x" - Debbie

  • Jun 05, 2018 - R 205.64
  • "Thinking of you Candice and wishing you a speedy recovery x " - Tracy x

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My sister, Candice-lee has been struggling with an eating disorder for over 18 years. On 30 May 2018, Candice-lee booked herself into a very specialized eating disorder clinic to get the help that she needs and we are so very proud of her for taking this step.