The special issue of Survive and Thrive: A Journal for Medical Humanities and Narrative Medicine poses poignant questions regarding the invisible markings, effects, causes, and outcomes of trauma. What is my story from trauma to healing? This autoethnographic narrative takes the reader on a journey through identifying the traumatic roots of food addiction. According to Ellis, Adams, and Bochner (2011), “Autoethnography is an approach to research and writing that seeks to describe and systematically analyze personal experience . . . [producing] aesthetic and evocative thick descriptions” based on epiphanies one experiences (abstract and para. 13). Narrative ethnographies are therapeutic stories that incorporate the researchers’ experiences “into the ethnographic descriptions and analysis of others” (para. 16). Through this narrative, I map my experiences onto and weave my voice into the stories of individuals featured on the reality television show My 600 lb. Life.



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