Linda Mazur
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Linda Mazur

Linda and John Mazur were blessed with two precious children, and for a time they led a happy, ordinary life until everything changed dramatically. Their lives were hijacked when their adult daughter, Emilee, a talented, compassionate, and respected pharmacist developed a serious, stigmatized, and misunderstood mental illness which has the highest mortality rate. This memoir will open the eyes and hearts of all who read it. In 2016, Linda and John began a labor of love, writing to honor their daughter's wish to have her story told in the hope it might help others understand what people who suffer from anorexia, and their families go through. Spreading awareness, understanding, and compassion for individuals who suffer from anorexia, all eating disorders, alcohol and substance use disorders, as well as all mental illnesses have become Linda and John's passion. They believe their memoir, “Emilee” has the potential to improve treatment, insurance coverage, and change policy. They hope it will help to erase the shame and stigma surrounding all mental health conditions. Linda and John advocate for eating disorder funding, education, and research, in Rochester, NY, Albany, NY, and Washington, D.C., and they serve on the community advisory board for the Western New York Comprehensive Care Center for Eating Disorders. Linda and John co-host the mental health podcast, "Once Shattered: Picking Up the Pieces," with fellow advocate Ellen Bennett. They recently created a nonprofit,501(c)(3) in honor of their daughter."The Emilee Connection Inc." focuses on awareness, education, and harnessing the power of peer support and social connection for adults with anorexia and all eating disorders as well as for their loved ones.
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