Melissa Arvin died in May 2009 at the very age of 19 of a heart attack, one of the complications of a 5 year battle with bulimia.
Sometime after Melissa's death, Judy discovered a unique way to cope with her grief over her daughter's death in one of Melissa's journal entries.
Ill eat breakfast.
Ill keep a job for more than 3 weeks.
Ill have a boyfriend for more than 10 days.
Ill love someone.
Ill travel wherever I want.
Ill make my family proud.
Ill make a movie that changes lives.
The poem, "Someday" was the start of the documentary, Someday Melissa, a story of eating disorders, loss and hope.
Watch an excerpt of the film at the YouTube clip below:
Find out more about Someday Melissa at their website: http://www.somedaymelissa.com
Find out more about eating disorders at the NEDA website, supporting individuals and families affected by eating disorders, and serves as a catalyst for prevention, cures and access to quality care.
Pogrebin R. April 2010. A Mother’s Loss, a Daughter’s Story. New York Times.