From her happy days of high school to becoming an anorexia patient addicted to cold water and close to deaths door, Jill’s story takes on a journey of hope. Her strong will helped her to break out of the cocoon she created, and once again experience life.
It is hard to believe that Jill was so warm she could not eat. Going from a sick, undernourished, and addicted patient with many episodes of hypothermia to nearly snuffing out her life, her only freedom was to literally freeze herself.
Jill’s addiction story also intertwined with a love story. She was blessed to find an angel on earth that loved her unconditionally, had patience, and gave her the time to heal. She also had a doctor that gave her the benefit of the doubt.
Even though she didn’t realize it at first, God watched over every step as she made her way back to the real world. Jill is a survivor. She never gave up the faith, hope, and belief that some day she would become normal.
It is possible to have life after an addiction. Time is irrelevant. One step at a time and every move forward is one step closer to becoming whole again. Don’t look at the perfect life; be happy with every positive moment and learn from the good and the bad.
”... is a necessary read. When we hear the word addiction we think of drugs, medications, alcohol, gambling, sex, and food. Addicted To Cold water introduces readers to other forms of addiction and helps the reader to understand the addiction ... This is a story that had to be told. It is difficult to understand the addictions that some people face. We need to know, attempt to understand and offer assistance.”
—Readers Digest, 5 stars
In 2011, Jill received the Reader’s Digest Bronze Award for an earlier edition of her story.