Marissa Ann Manor Walker, my Heavenly Angel
My Angel, Marissa
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My name is Mary, my story began on May 11, 2011. My beautiful 19 year old daughter lost her life to an eating disorder (amorexia nervosous). She began as a 9 year old. Took her to an eating disorder clinic in Orem, Ut to only be told she was to young to have an eating disorder. A little over 6 years ago my daughter was 5'6" and weighed 65 lbs. She was placed in the hospital 7 times. After 8 long agonizing years, we thought we had beaten this disease. Marissa got married 3 months before she passed away. My heart aches for her husband Joe. I am so thankful that she found such a wonderful soul mate. Joe was suppose to go to Afghanistan the following week. He had taken time off to spend with Marissa in Myrtle beach. They were walking on the beach and she told him she was tired and didn't feel good, could they just go home. He said sure, they went home and Marissa went to the doctors. She was told she had a bladder infection and was sent home. She went to bed around 9 and Joe went in to check on her between 12 and 1 am, she had already passed away. On May 12th, I received the phone call no parent should receive. Marissa had passed away in her sleep last night. This keeps playing over and over in my head. I didn't get to tell her bye, I didn't get to tell her I love you and I didn't get to hug her one last time. All of which I long to do.
I ask all of you please, if you know of anyone with an eating disorder, don't turn your back on them. This is a disease you don't beat, you will die. Her doctor at PCH in SLC, Ut told me that a person with leukemia has a higher recovery rate than your daughter. I miss Marissa more than I can express and love her even more. Thank you to all her true friends.