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Dr. Christina Fisanick has been a professor for twenty years focusing in English and literature. She teaches everything from freshman composition to honors courses.  Aside from being a well-respected professor at Cal U, Dr. Fisanick has also written more than 30 books. Her most recent is titled, "The Optimistic Food Addict."

The book is a memoir describing her struggles with a binge eating disorder and the ever changing road to recovery. She realized that a book like hers where she describes what it is actually like to overcome an eating disordery was necessary because many books "follow a formula of sorts: how the eating disorder developed, what it was like, and 'now I am better.' In reality, recovery from an eating disorder is a rocky road filled with setbacks and challenges" Dr. Fisanick said.  

She revealed that since she was a child writing was a way for her to cope with personal struggles, so it was only natural to use this outlet as a way to "come to terms" with her eating disorder. She discovered it was time to make a change in her life after three decades of losing and regaining 100 pounds.

Her book and her ability to share her personal stories are a huge inspiration to many students on campus, especially after hearing her read it aloud. She shares her story to help people relate to her and her story. Dr. Fisanick wants others struggling with disorders to know "It is possible to live your best life, but it takes hard work and reaching out to others" and "peace is possible, and they are not alone."

Her books are available on Amazon, some others include "The Wage Gap," "Addiction," and "Two-week Wait Motherhood Lost and Found." 

My name is Kelsey Haught and I'm an English major with a concentration in literature at California University of Pennsylvania. This is my first year writing for HerCampus and I am very excited to be a part of the team!
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