Rachael’s Birthday Makeover

Rachael’s Birthday Makeover

Rachael takes the opportunity to get her hair done and makes manicured. After over four years of avoiding eating in restaurants, Rachael gained the confidence and pushed fear aside for a great dining experience.

To help fund Rachael’s ongoing treatment, medical care and expenses please click the link below. Her husband Rod is still working as her 24/7 caregiver. Thank you in advance for your ongoing love and support! ❤️

https://www.gofundme.com/savemyrachael

50 thoughts on “Rachael’s Birthday Makeover

  1. "I’m not afraid anymore." Thats powerful. I love that. "So this is what you people eat" I love your sense of humor ❤

  2. I am typing through tear~flooded eyes. This video brings back a lot of feelings and emotions, personally, from my years with Anorexia. Rachael, Happy Blessed Birthday to you! My name is BethAnne, and this is my first time commenting here. I want to tell you firsthand, that recovery truly IS possible. I suffered from Anorexia Nervosa for many years, and nearly lost my life to it. At my most critical point, I lapsed into a coma for 4 days. I was given only a 10% chance of surviving, as my weight had plummeted into the 60’s. My doctors and therapists had all given up on me. I had been through several ED treatment programs, hospitalizations, was on psychiatric medications, psychologists, support groups…you name it. I am one of the lucky, blessed Ones. I came out on the other side and I triumphed over Anorexia, against all odds. The road to recovery is not straight. Throughout my recovery, often it was one step forward, two steps back. This went on for quite sometime. But, I persevered. Rachael, never lose hope…never give up. Try to stay focused on this: It’s not how many times you fall down that matters, rather it’s how many times you pick yourself back up and start again…Miracles happen everyday, and I am living proof of that. Presently, I have three children. I was told I would never be able to have kids, due to the damage Anorexia had done to my body. I had lost my menstrual period for many years. When I found out I was pregnant with my first child, my periods had NOT yet resumed. I went on to have a full term pregnancy and my miracle baby was born on CHRISTMAS DAY (a daughter). I have two sons, too. I am convinced of this: That medicine only goes so far, and then there is…God. Years after recovering from Anorexia Nervosa , I was diagnosed with Cancer. I endured four surgeries, and a full year of chemotherapy. I am presently cancer~free, and am beyond thankful. Rachael, you are stronger than you may realize. I believe in you. 🙂

  3. Happy Birthday you look beautiful you deserve a nice pamper its wonderful to see u eat out we had a meal out first time since recovery last week i have hit my goal weight today dr is so happy sometimes i cry as i hate it but i no its gotta be different i look forward to you getting to this stage as you deserve to recover as ur so beautiful inside and out and i love u always keep strong keep positive xx <3

  4. I have to be honest, I cried like a baby during most of this video. Rachel, you are glowing! I know getting your hair and nails done is hard because you don’t feel like you deserve it but you do and I know you are slowly learning how worth it you really are! I can’t wait until this pampering because part of your routine because you dont just deserve it on your birthday. Seeing you are the restaurant was truly amazing and I am in awe of you. It took a great amount of courage to go and to see you truly enjoy every bite… I could see the joy on your face and you looked liberated. You fed your body and in turn fed your soul. It was amazing to see. Please know how truly remarkable you are. The will, courage, bravery and strength you have is absolutely astounding. You are so loved. We are so proud of you and we are still rooting you on. I’m sure there will be more hiccups along this journey but you have already made it so far. Be proud. You deserve it. Happy Birthday beautiful soul!

  5. Rachel I am so glad you made memories, and you are worth every bit of it. You are worthy and I look forward to your updates.  You are on the road to recovery and it is well deserved!  <3

  6. This is beautiful. I’m so happy she’s enjoying her eating and restaurant experience rather than being intimidated and uncomfortable. When she says it’s worth it and she also is feeling good about her appearance, that’s amazing.

  7. AWE! This makes me so happy! RACHAEL! It’s happening (as it has been) ! You are getting better! You are getting to live life again!

  8. Ha!!! Great great work Rachael!! You’re hair looks beautiful and YES you ARE WORTH IT!!!! Glad you had a great birthday and are celebrating and sharing your milestones with all of your followers!!!

  9. Happy Birthday! Oh you deserve all of this and more. I’m so proud of you. You went through so much. I knew the moment you asked for help you’d be able to do it. That’s what it takes- the wanting, if not there’s no following through. Your follow-through has been awe-inspiring. We have literally watched you crawl up from rock bottom and never stop no matter how slippery it was or how many scraped knees or elbows you got. I deeply understand and empathize with that feeling of not feeling like you deserve to take care of yourself, and the guilt when you do. But we are made to survive. We are made to love. That includes loving ourselves. And we deserve to feel full and beautiful and handsome because it’s okay for our bodies to be nourished with delicious food and it’s okay to care for and to do kind and beautiful things for the body that carries our energy. Don’t forget that on the hard days. {: I’m super proud of you. If your ever like a new friend to chat with, let me know. 🤘🏻

  10. This is phenomenal to watch, Rachael! Truly! I’ve been following you for a long time and I was so scared we would never see a day like this for you. I’m so happy to watch you ENJOY food!!! I can hardly believe it, I can only imagine what Todd is feeling. Sending love to you both for sharing this journey.

  11. I’m sorry but I can’t stay silent anymore. Rachel looks thinner than ever and it’s been YEARS! How has she not gotten better yet?? I am truly astounded at the lack of progress being made and honestly wonder if there’s a Manchausen-type relationship going on here with Rachel and the people around her. 🙁

  12. This totally made me cry!! Happy tears!!❤️❤️❤️ I really hear and see you learning!! I say it one more time, treat yourself like your best friend!!😘😍 Ow and happy birthday!❤️❤️❤️💪😎 You are so so strong!! I really love this video! So much hope and love!!❤️ So proud..

  13. Good to see…please be careful of the thoughts after you eat…that’s the mindfuck. That’s when the voice comes in, whispering that you aren’t deserving, that you have screwed up and failed. IGNORE IT. Concentrate on that one process…eat and nourish and ignore the ana voice. I am very, very hopeful that you can do this, Rachael. Go slowly…be good to yourself. Lean on Rod to help you through. ❤️

  14. Sweetheart, YOU DESERVE EVERYTHING! You deserve love, happiness, YOU deserve beautiful hair, nails, clothing and you deserve every penny spent on you. You are worthy! Keep reminding yourself that! Love!
    And, OMG, I could not be happier to see you at restaurant enjoying all those amazing foods ! I’m so happy for you!! I can’t express.. !! 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

  15. You brought the biggest smile to my face just watching you enjoy all of these special gifts for your birthday, especially each bite you took. I love you and your husband so much. You are such an inspiration to all of us. Keep up the good work, sweetheart. <3

  16. And we love You too baby. Hv a wonderful day. Dont like to see you cry. Loooove to sem eat.😉Hugs to yr wonderful husband. For you😘

  17. What a joy to see you smile. What a joy to see you enjoy a meal. What a joy to see your bday makeover. Thank you for your inspiration and your drive. You are blessing so many of us. I adore you so very much.

  18. Happy birthday Rachel, you look so beautiful. You are truly a strong spirit and an inspiration to those battling EDs and mental illness. I am overcome with emotion watching this as you continue to recover and thrive having faced such adversity. Thank you for sharing your journey with the world; you are so brave and I have so much respect for you. I hope your day was filled with joy and positivity for a bright future. Xoxo

  19. Wow!!! I’m so happy for you rachael! I hope to see more videos like this i future! Its great to see you happy! Love and hugs from tirol i austria <3

  20. 💚💚💚 go Rachel!!! that is huge progress, I’m so happy to see this and you are inspiring me so much 💚💚💚

  21. Rachel you are Beautiful inside and Out Stop beating yourself up YOU DESERVE TO FEEL BEAUTIFUL EVERY DAY and even more so on ur BDAY Happy Birthday From Crystal 🎁🎊🎉and Happy Halloween🎃

  22. i cant say this enough you are such an amazing person, your new hair suits you very well and makes look even more gorgeous, Happy birthday sweet Rachael, glad to hear that you had a great you deserve that as so much more stay strong <3

  23. I’m sorry. This is how "you" people eat? I find it hard to believe that at this point you don’t have SMA, or the very least severe gastroporsis. Which would lead me to believe none of the food you ate stayed in you. You do deserve to recover and be good to yourself. Being truthful with the struggles would be so much more helpful to you. We don’t need to see you eat. Eventually we should see that you HAVE

  24. You are so beautiful 😍. Please don’t ever think different. You are growing into a more beautiful version of yourself inside and out everyday.
    Like a butterfly coming out of a cocoon.

  25. I cried through most of the video – happy tears. I’m so glad you are doing better and you were able to enjoy your birthday. ❤

  26. You’re a lovely person, inside and out, before and after the makeover! Hair looks fabulous! Nice to see your eyes sparkling, my warrior princess! Oh jeez, Rachel, NOW I WANT CHILI!! Hahaha! Keep smiling. Love you bunches!!

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