Ben Frederick seemed to have it all; competing in bicycle racing at the highest level, sponsors paying him to do what he loved with adoring friends and family cheering him on. When a bicycling accident led to a severe concussion causing a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), Ben’s life changed in an instant.
For almost a year, Ben was bed-ridden with debilitating headaches, nausea and heightened sensitivity to light and sound. He remembers tiny tasks like getting up to make himself lunch requiring several hours of rest before and after. He was unable to exercise and along with increased symptoms of anxiety and depression, Ben began manipulating his food intake to avoid gaining weight – and avoid feelings of pain and loss.
His friends and family began to notice and expressed concern. Through hard work, patience and bravery, Ben took advantage of Walden’s eating disorder support services and is now living his life beyond his eating disorder. Watch Ben’s inspiring story and learn more about what recovery looks and feels like for him.