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Mother whose anorexia was so serious that she weighed 40 kilos, praises a miracle twin for saving her life

A mother whose anorexia was so severe that she only weighed 40 kilograms at her lowest point, praised her wonder-twins for “saving her life.”

Jessica Rolley, 32, from Melbourne, lived for two years on freshly squeezed carrot, celery and ginger juice and even avoided water in an attempt to prevent ‘bloating’.

But when her heart began to fail, Jessica decided to seek help and began to eat avocados and cucumbers with hummus in an effort to arrive and father children.

“My lifelong dream was to get married and become a mother,” Jessica said. “I was ecstatic when I knew I was pregnant.”

Jessica Rolley, 32, from Melbourne, lived for two years on freshly squeezed carrot, celery and ginger juice and even avoided water in an attempt to prevent 'bloating'

Jessica Rolley, 32, from Melbourne, lived for two years on freshly squeezed carrot, celery and ginger juice and even avoided water in an attempt to prevent 'bloating'

A mother (photo) whose anorexia was so serious that she only weighed 40 kilograms at her lowest point, praised her wondrous twin because she “saved her life”

When her heart began to fail, Jessica (pictured with her twins) sought help and began to eat avocados and cucumbers with hummus in an attempt to arrive and father children

When her heart began to fail, Jessica (pictured with her twins) sought help and started eating avocados and cucumbers with hummus in an attempt to arrive and father children

When her heart began to fail, Jessica (pictured with her twins) sought help and started eating avocados and cucumbers with hummus in an attempt to arrive and father children

The mother who stayed at home said she had always suffered from body dysmorphism, but her destructive eating habits deteriorated in 2014 after an attack from “Bali Belly.”

After recovering from serious food poisoning, Jessica noticed that she had lost weight quickly and became addicted to “vomiting food.”

“I started drinking juice to cleanse my body from the parasite, but then I became addicted to juice because I loved how light I felt and lived on five celery, ginger and carrot juices a day,” she explained.

At her lightest, Jessica weighed just 40 kilograms.

“I drank laxatives, tea and black coffee all day – I don’t know how my inside survived,” she said.

The mother who stayed at home (photo) said she had always suffered from body dysmorphia, but her destructive eating habits got worse in 2014 after an attack by 'Bali-belly'

The mother who stayed at home (photo) said she had always suffered from body dysmorphia, but her destructive eating habits got worse in 2014 after an attack by 'Bali-belly'

The mother who stayed at home (photo) said she had always suffered from body dysmorphia, but her destructive eating habits got worse in 2014 after an attack by ‘Bali-belly’

Jessica said she started drinking juice to “cleanse” her body, but became addicted to how “light” she felt (pictured with her twins)

Although it was clear to others that the now 32-year-old was “getting thinner,” Jessica said she thought the opposite was true and that she was “still fat.”

“I fainted and had accidents because I was so weak – one of the worst was a fall at my best friend’s wedding that resulted in bruises in the brain,” she said.

“I fainted when I lifted a chair and was taken to the hospital, where doctors told me that my body was being shut off.”

Although it was clear to others that the now 32-year-old was 'getting thinner', Jessica (photo) said she thought the opposite was true and that she was 'still fat'

Although it was clear to others that the now 32-year-old was 'getting thinner', Jessica (photo) said she thought the opposite was true and that she was 'still fat'

Although it was clear to others that the now 32-year-old was ‘getting thinner’, Jessica (photo) said she thought the opposite was true and that she was ‘still fat’

Jessica said she went without menstruation for two years before she returned a month before she became pregnant with the twins (photo)

Jessica said she went without menstruation for two years before she returned a month before she became pregnant with the twins (photo)

Jessica said she went without menstruation for two years before she returned a month before she became pregnant with the twins (photo)

In 2017, when she realized what was going on, Jessica said she was starting counseling in an effort to help with her weight problems.

She married her partner, Jonathan, 36, and was “ecstatic” when she became pregnant just a few months after their marriage.

Jessica said she went without menstruation for two years before she returned a month before she became pregnant.

“Being pregnant was the best feeling in the world,” she said.

She started a scan after six weeks and said she “couldn’t stop laughing” when she and Jonathan saw twins.

Jessica calls her twins the “driver” for her to eat because she knew she had to be healthy to survive and thrive

While she was pregnant, Jessica said she “succeeded” in attracting 35 kilograms (pictured after her birth)

She knew she would have to eat more because of her babies.

“They were the motivation for me to eat, but it was confronting to see the weight pile up and to know that I had to eat to keep them healthy and make them grow,” she said.

“I was so determined to keep the babies alive and do everything that was needed, even if it meant that I wanted Vegemite toast and hot fries.”

While she was pregnant, Jessica said she “managed” to carry 35 pounds.

“I had to let my babies survive,” she said.

The mother of two is now a healthy size eight with 17-month-old sons Hunter and Jaeger, and she credits her babies for bringing her from a dark place (pictured with her family)

The mother of two is now a healthy size eight with 17-month-old sons Hunter and Jaeger, and she credits her babies for bringing her from a dark place (pictured with her family)

The mother of two is now a healthy size eight with 17-month-old sons Hunter and Jaeger, and she credits her babies for bringing her from a dark place (pictured with her family)

The mother of two is now a healthy size eight with 17-month-old sons Hunter and Jaeger, and she credits her babies for bringing her from a dark place.

“My children saved my life when my mother’s instinct took over and I started eating again,” Jessica said.

“They are perfect and we are incredibly grateful that we have them.

“I share my very personal story to give hope to anyone suffering from anorexia or body dysmorphia.”

* If you need help or support for an eating disorder or body image problem, call the Butterfly National Helpline at 1800 334 673 or send an email to support@thebutterflyfoundation.org.au*

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