They called her “Norrie with a story.”
Growing up, Norrie was always full of energy and smiles. She loved bouncing around the house, playing with her pets and making up stories to share with friends and family. But when she turned 10, her behavior began to change. Her parents were not aware at the time, but Norrie was developing an eating disorder.
Later, on a school trip to Costa Rica, Norrie’s mother, Nancy, noticed something was seriously wrong with Norrie’s eating habits and suspected she had an eating disorder.
“I didn’t know anything about eating disorders at the time,” Nancy says. “But I knew she had a disorder, because I watched how the other kids ate and she wouldn’t eat at all. When I tried to get her to eat, she would just cry.”
After the trip, Norrie and her parents went to her pediatrician, who referred them to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. When Norrie was admitted, she had a heart rate of only 30 beats per minute, preventing sufficient blood from reaching her brain, and her weight had dropped to a dangerous level. Thanks to the Children’s eating disorder care team, Norrie was in the right place to get the treatment she needed.