Why did Joanna develop this site?
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After about eight years in working in the field of eating disorder recovery Joanna had received countless e-mails from people all over the world asking for help in recovering from an eating disorder. She was moved and pained to discover that what she felt was basic knowledge was unknown to many people.
She received one post from a family in the U.S. that had been ostracized from their community because an exorcism had failed to stop their teenage daughter from bingeing and throwing up.
She received another from a woman in Romania who wanted to create a support group for women she knew who wanted to help each other recovery from eating disorders.
She received many posts from women in the United States and other countries who either couldn't afford treatment or who lived in an environment where treatment was not available or even recognized.
Joanna wanted to help these people and that meant going far beyond the reach of her private psychotherapy office.
People were beginning to use the internet as a way to find help when no help seemed to exist. She wrote created a website with what she hoped were helpful articles that would reach the people who were seeking help. She wrote "Triumphant Journey," in 1991. It is a workbook based on what she knew then about effective treatment. Self Help and Psychology Magazine published it on their site. The more she wrote, the more questions came in. She still tries to address those questions and help people find their paths to recovery by expanding the content and resources in her website.