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When a Medical Professional Damages the Provider-Patient Relationship

Years ago, I published my story, “When a Stranger In a Bookstore Mistakenly Assumed I Had an Eating Disorder” in which I recounted an uncomfortable confrontation in a Barnes and Noble bookstore.

I explained how a stranger approached me, attempting to persuade me to seek support for my eating disorder. I was so flustered and upset by this experience that I brushed her off and did not take the opportunity to advocate for myself or educate this woman — I did not, in fact, have an eating disorder, but a rare disease called lipodystrophy.

This means that I do not have fat cells, and therefore have a frail appearance. I published this story, pledging to do better the next time I was in such a situation.

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