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Hudson mom shares battle with anorexia on Today.com

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Hudson mom Susan Entriken shared her story with Today.com. Her story aired this weekend. 

Click here to see the story. 

On the website it says, "Susan Entriken’s eating disorder began when she was 16 years old. She used food as a way to control a life that she felt was out of control. Here, she shares her story of ongoing recovery."

Entriken said, "My goal is to bring this out of the darkness and into the light. I want us to talk about this stuff."

You can continue to follow Entriken's journey on her Facebook Page

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You are worth more than your jean size. It's about who you are, not what you look like. 

An eastern Iowa mom is gaining attention in Iowa, and across the country, for her powerful message.

She's sharing her story about recovering from anorexia while raising a daughter.

Hudson mom Susan Entriken says she wants her daughter, Rebecca Entriken, to understand the importance of taking care of your body and your health. 

Susan says she never wants her daughter to go through what she did.  

"When I was 16, I was just going through a lot. It wasn't something I just woke up one day and said today is a good day to have an eating disorder. It was more of just all of the things that were going on in my life. Eating disorders are a lot about control, and there was a lot in my life that was out of control. This was something I could control. And I grew up feeling like I wasn't good enough or really worthy." 

Susan struggled with anorexia from when she was 16 until when she was around 22 years old. She says she is recovering, but, "the bad days today are nothing like what they used to be." 

Now, Susan and her husband have "made a pact," where they do NOT talk about their body image in front of their kids. Instead, they talk about, "exercise and eating healthy as a positive. (they say) I need to go to the gym today because I'm stressed or it's good for me, not because I ate too much." 

Susan says she tries to avoid asking her daughter questions like, "Does this make me look fat," or, "Do I look really bloated today." 

Susan instead tries to focus on inner beauty. 

She says she wants her daughter to understand, "that who we are has nothing to do with the size of our jeans. By having a smile on your face and having good humor, and just being you, all flaws and all, you are worthy of so much. You are good enough. You are enough just how you are." 

It's a topic that's so important to Susan, she's created a Facebook Page to share her thoughts and her story.

Again, click here if you'd like to follow that page. 

She's also written several articles for Recovery Warriors. This is a website dedicated to, "boosting the emotional intelligence and resilience of people struggling with depression, anxiety and eating disorders."

TodayShow.Com heard her story and interviewed her recently. They will be sharing her story in the near future. 

Susan has also started speaking at area schools. If you would like her to visit your school, you can reach her on her Facebook Page. You can also email her at  susanentriken@gmail.com

Faith also helped Susan with her journey through recovery. She says she hopes her story can help others feel like they are not alone. 

If you or someone you know needs help, don't hesitate to contact the National Eating Disorders Helpline at (800) 931-2237

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