A hug reminds a researcher of why his work matters

A hug reminds a researcher of why his work matters

Professor Stephen Touyz, of the University of Sydney, has been attending international conferences on eating disorders for more than 30 years in Europe, North America and Australia. But until last week in Brisbane, he had not attended a conference with a focus on carers and families. You could say that this conference has ‘made all the difference’ to this passionate researcher. Prof.Touyz explains:

Professor Stephen Touyz,  a hug from a sufferer at Australia's first eating disorder conference for families inspires him anew.

Professor Stephen Touyz, a hug from a sufferer at Australia’s first eating disorder conference for families inspires him anew.

I am now of the opinion that all leading scientists in the field of eating disorders should ensure that they attend at least one such conference during their careers. This conference which was beautifully organised and executed showed me not only the impact that our research has on those trying to overcome eating disorders but where our priorities should lie when moving our research agendas forward.

I was struck by all the heart-felt personal journeys that so many are currently going through, the roadblocks they face and the extraordinary dedication and selfless sacrifice made by so many to assist loved ones through these challenging times.

Many doubted their ability to ever conquer their demons and a moment that will live with me forever was when a total stranger came up to me and hugged me thanking me for the research that I had undertaken that had moved her from a state of hopelessness and despair to a very cautious optimism and hope for the future.

For more feedback on At Home with Eating Disorders go to: https://lifestoriesmentor.com.au/2013/06/tools-and-hope-inspire-all-in-quest-to-oust-ed/

 

 

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