HARTSELLE, AL (WAFF) - 25-year-old Shannon Hogan looks like the epitome of happiness and good health as she embarks on the road of motherhood.
But many years ago Shannon's journey was dark and her future in question as she battled Anorexia Nervosa. She said it began when she was in the sixth grade.
"I was at school with girls in the bathroom and they were talking about throwing up and nobody did it, but when they left the room I figured that I would try... It wasn't just about being skinny. And I think that's a huge stereotype," she said.
She said reaching a weight goal doesn't guarantee happiness. Shannon was dealing with other, emotional issues like abandonment and more. "I was very shy. Very, very insecure," she recalled.
At age 14, she told her parents, and the battle was on.
In rehab she learned coping skills. "I needed help. I knew that I wasn't going to make it."
But make it she did and now she wants to help others. "I actually want to get my doctorate," she said.
Her course of study is Psychology and Mass Communications. She says she wants to help others with eating disorders on a global level. She's starting small with a web page called "Beautifully Broken".
"...and to make it super resourceful for people all over the world. Then people are going to want to come together to not only understand to be able to reach their resources....we could create a huge change", says Hogan.
A change that starts small but grows fast. She also hopes to write a book some day by the same title. You can learn more about 'Beautifully Broken' at its Facebook page.