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Spela KranjecBy Spela Kranjec
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Spela KranjecBy Spela Kranjec
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An insight into the mind and heart of someone with anorexia

Anorexia is not a phase, a diet, a trend, or a choice. It’s a disorder. It’s a disease. It’s not something you choose, it’s something you get. Something that can destroy you just as any other disease. It can kill you.

People with anorexia are dying literally every day. If you want to defeat anorexia, you have to understand it, just like all the other “demons”. How to better understand it than to listen to someone who has faced it?

The book is about my life. So who am I? My name is Špela Kranjec and I’ve decided to turn my worst experience into something good. I’m 26 years old and I’ve lived through experiences that can inspire and maybe even save lives.

Today, people see me as a strong and capable woman, who can take on any challenge. A woman who knows how to stand up for herself and lives a life the way she likes it. And that’s how I really am, to be completely honest. 

But anyone that knows me knows that in the past I was a fragile and defenseless little girl, who was suffering from anorexia for 9 years. This little girl is part of my personality, a part that I laid bare for the world to see. With all my experience, I learned how to control this part so that it never takes over again, but it will always stay within me. Just like the memory of all the years when it controlled me.

Anorexia and other eating disorders are mental illnesses that can have deadly consequences. People who have no experience in this area often have trouble recognizing the signs that indicate the potential development of an eating disorder, as well as understanding a person that suffers from a form of this disorder.

The key thing in overcoming eating disorders is knowledge and understanding. With my story, I hope to help you understand what is going on in the mind of someone with anorexia, their desires, their fears, and, of course, what helped me personally get back on my feet.

I wish I could give others the opportunity to walk the world as free as a bird. Without that voice inside that keeps telling them they aren’t beautiful or worth anything. I want to give them the opportunity to fall in love and share their heart with someone that will make their world even more beautiful. I want them to enjoy the company of their friends and not close themselves off, while shedding tears and torturing themselves hidden away from the world.

The more I succeed, the fewer families around the world going through hell behind closed doors. That’s why I must achieve this! Help me achieve this.

This book pulls you into the story and, hopefully, makes you feel what I felt. With this book, I shared my feelings, my thoughts and experiences. I also included comments from my family members and my best friend, who suffered just as I did, which gives the book a really special added value.

It is a simple book, written with strong emotions and the will to improve yourself – a book about a difficult experience. But a happy ending. An ending anyone can achieve. Happiness. With this book I tried to convince everyone that it is possible to beat an eating disorder. If I could do it – a simple, average girl, from a regular family, who became happy, full of life, and thirsty for new experiences, fun, and laughter – anyone can do it!

This book is meant for everybody searching for another chance – and WANTING another chance. Because I know that everybody deserves at least one more. And because I believe that you can learn plenty from a girl who battled anorexia for 9 years, I decided to write a book and try to help others to start living a better life.

I have a story that inspires and changes lives. A story intended for all who are battling an eating disorder and those who just want to understand how anorexia actually feels like.

As one of the readers said: “I know that someone in a similar situation, alone or with a family, would ‘devour’ your book, not just read it, if I can make a comical statement… And if there is a book that can help someone, it is definitely yours.”

First chapter of NOTICE ME: My 9-year struggle against anorexia
First chapter of NOTICE ME: My 9-year struggle against anorexia
  • If you are a parent of a child who is battling an eating disorder, this book will help you. 
  • If you are battling an eating disorder yourself, and you know you want to get rid of it.
  • If you deny the problem, or if you don’t even know what your problem should be called.
  • If you are a friend of someone or know of someone who is battling an eating disorder. 
  • For doctors and others that are teaching about or treating eating disorders. 
  • Did I forget anyone? 

If you didn’t find yourself in the descriptions listed above – this book is also meant for you! Maybe you want to read it just in case, maybe you just want to learn more about eating disorders, or maybe you just enjoy reading.

My book was first published in Slovenia in 2016. I initially wrote this book to clear my head, share my experiences, and express my emotions. However, readers convinced me that I’ve written an amazing book that can help people understand anorexia, which is the first step towards a better future. And that’s why I’ll try to share it with as many as possible. Here is some of the feedback I received from my readers:

A project like this has a lot of different expenses, which I can’t afford at this time. Because I would really like to share my story with the world, I started to look for options that would help me finish my project. 

My brother convinced me to start a Kickstarter campaign, which will hopefully help me bring my book to as many homes as possible. I see Kickstarter as wonderful opportunity to test my idea and to see if I can build a community of people that share my vision. I believe that Kickstarter is a wonderful platform, with an amazing community of people, willing to help different project all over the world that are starting from a scratch. I believe that with your help everything is possible and that’s why I decided to give it a shot. ;)

The next step after publishing my book in Slovenia is to raise money on Kickstarter to translate the book into English and to share it with the world. But that’s not the end

Our friend who helped us record a video for our Kickstarter campaign suggested we make a short movie on this topic, and I think that this is a great idea! 

I’m also thinking of writing another book, in which I would described my life after anorexia. I love to write and there is so much more to be said. But let’s start by translating this book first! ;)

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It’s a real pleasure working with so many amazing people that are helping me on my journey. I could not manage to do it without you, so I would like to give a huge hug to all of you – you really are something special!

  • Project and marketing manager: Žiga Kranjec
  • Graphic design: Tadeja Skrt
  • Photography: Romina Hočevar, Polona Bartol
  • Translations: Črtomir Prešern
  • Video production: Andrej Gobina (AG Production)
  • Programmer: Tomaž Silič
  • Makeup artist: Kristina Etling
  • Others: my friend Nina Mandelj for helping with video production and motivation, Dijana Kene Zore, Žiga Berce and Niko Klanšek for providing advice, my family for financial and motivational support, and all others who helped in any way to make this project a reality.

Thank you!

Špela Kranjec - book author

Risks and challenges

We are a team of friends, with know-how from different fields. We are not professionals – we are mostly young, ambitious people, trying to do something good in the world. We are trying to foresee as many potential problems as possible, but we can’t predict everything, I guess, ;) My book is already written, so there is no risk that I would not manage to complete it. :)

But there are also some possible problems that can cause unforeseeable delays on this project. However, if we notice potential delays, we will inform you as soon as possible. We care a lot about our community, so we will try to keep you updated regularly.

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