Rachael Daudelin is a junior at Towson University, majoring in English with a concentration in Writing and minors in Psychology and Deaf Studies.
In Fall 2017, after over 13 years of eating challenges and the social, emotional, and physical side effects that came with them; she was officially diagnosed with Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID). Despite learning about the disorder 5 years prior, little knowledge of the disorder and limited access to treatment delayed her official diagnosis and recovery until she was a sophomore in college. She spent the first semester of her recovery juggling an average of 4 doctors’ appointments a week with 19 credits, 2 jobs, and 2 volunteer positions.
A year later, Daudelin will present at TEDx to discuss the positive power of the diagnosis that proved to her that she hadn’t broken herself. She hopes to help spread the word about ARFID so that nobody else will have to wait to understand themselves, recover, and feel better.