PETERBOROUGH, Ont. - Sue Nelson is fighting for her daughter’s life.
At the same time, she’s battling the stigma and myths surrounding eating disorders, which she says makes it difficult for some to understand her family’s situation.
Her daughter, Ingrid Davidson, is in a Toronto hospital, unable to eat.
Ingrid was a regular child, Nelson said, a free spirit who grew up healthy and happy on a farm near in Keene, Ont., located 150 km northeast of Toronto.
She was always a healthy weight, she said, and there was never any tension in the house around food, eating or body issues.
That changed after Davidson took a trip to Kenya a few years ago.
Nelson said her daughter, now 23, lost weight travelling, which became a catalyst for an eating disorder that would eventually threaten her health.
Davidson needs to get into a recovery program geared specifically to people with eating disorders.
There’s an in-patient facility in Guelph, Ont., where Davidson can, and wants to go, Nelson said. It costs $310 a day, and Nelson estimates Davidson will need about five months of treatment.
The treatment isn’t covered by OHIP. The clinic, plus crucial follow-up treatment after Davidson completes the program, will cost an estimated $60,000.
Two days ago Nelson launched an Indiegogo campaign to raise money for the treatment.
In that time she’s raised more than $15,000, with 43 days left in the campaign.
The response has been overwhelming, she said, with money coming in from all over the world.