A mom's "ghost family" is helping her recover from anorexia after she almost died when her weight dropped to 5th place.
Karen Milner's eating disorder started when she was 15 after a childhood trauma.
He has been fighting the disease for 27 years, but now says his recovery "feels different" thanks to the ongoing support of a group of paranormal investigators, The Haunted Hunts.
The mother of three admitted boldly that she had been hospitalized three times due to anorexia, reports the Liverpool Echo.
The last occasion was in the summer of 2018, and at its lowest weight was a little more than five stones (33 kg).
"At my worst, I'm just denying, it will get worse and I won't be able to do things and I need to rely on others," he said.
Karen, originally from Liverpool, but now living in Bebington, Wirral, will undergo a grueling exercise program for two to three hours a day.
This would be coupled with a strongly restricted diet.
The 42-year-old said: "When I'm at worst, I wouldn't eat all day, so I'll have lunch with a salad for dinner."
But this would get smaller and smaller, since Karen would limit the salad to the point of measuring the quantity of cucumber or onion in exact centimeters and would neglect the supermarkets to find the calories-poor lettuce.
His obsession and control over his food would have impacted everything, she said, "I'd make a cup of tea, and if it wasn't the right color I should go back and start over."
A practicing nurse from the age of 23, Karen had to take a break from her job to work on her recovery, but she would not have been able to make it without her friends to chase Haunted.
It all started with a ghost hunting gift from his daughter's birthday two years ago, and has since been conquered.
He said: "I can't thank them enough for all the help they're giving me, I don't even think they realize how much they are helping me and they gave me such an incentive to fight for.
"I contacted The Haunted Hunts to tell them that I could not participate in one of the hunts I had paid and explained why, but I think they probably already knew from my physical health and their weight."
She was overwhelmed by their response as they kept her up to date while she was in the hospital and created VIP experiences for her, even surprising her with her birthday cake and gifts.
Karen said: "They made me feel really appreciated and they always cheered me on my low points and if I ever had to fight I could bawl at them, they are my ghost family.
"We have food hunting breaks and this can be extremely difficult to be anorexic and eating in front of them or anyone can be so difficult and I often have a breakdown.
"But I know they give us more time so I can take my time without making it."
He added: "It's me when I go on these hunts, I'm Karen, I'm not a person with an eating disorder, it's just me."
Karen also says that her husband, Mark, noticed the difference, he said: "He says it's something in my eyes when I talk about it, I really get excited."
Karen, mother of Chloe, 21, Katie, 16, and Emily, 13, says her recovery looks different this time, thanks to her ghost hunter friends, and anyone who has difficulty said, "C & # 39; always hope.
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"I've always been negative, but something could only appear one day, and simply hold on to it."
Informing anyone concerned that a loved one has an eating disorder, he said: "Be open, be honest, don't dictate and don't take control.
"Just let them know you're there for them, no matter what."
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