This is my dear sweet friend, Bryna. We met almost 12 years ago at Remuda Ranch, while we were both there at the adolescent treatment center for anorexia and bulimia. For more than two months, we lived together (yes, we were roomies!), ate together, cried together, laughed together. We were even fellow "tubies" so we made sure to tell each other every day that the other was beautiful. We battled our innermost demons together and cheered each other on to recovery. We've kept in touch through the years, thanks in large part to Facebook. While I got better in my recovery, she never could seem to completely break free from the habits of ED. On Friday, she lost her battle with ED. Bryna had a heart attack (due to the eating disorder) just two months shy of her 29th birthday. I am saddened at her passing-- she was the sweetest, most gentle-spirited person I have known. She loved her family, her animals, and she loved to travel. She always wanted to be a flight attendant. :-)
I struggle with the question of why did I get better and she didn't? While I don't have an answer for this, I am all the more grateful for the hope and healing that Christ has done in my life.
The last status update on Bryna's Facebook says "Bryna is glad to not be sick anymore." That was the update she had on Monday last week... just days before she died. Though I am sure she was talking about overcoming a cold, one thing in that statement rings true... God is not surprised. The Great Physician has healed her now, once and for all. Though her struggles on earth were great, she fought as hard as she could to be healthy. And while I am sad that her life was so tragically and abruptly ended, one truth remains: She's not sick anymore. And there is much rejoicing in that. I miss you, Bryna.
Bryna is in this video at the following times:
1:54- in the red shirt behind me
2:26- in the overalls