Cheryl Kerrigan

Author, Speaker, Eating Disorder Survivor

Book Reviews




“Cheryl’s work is honest, forthcoming, and ultimately, hopeful. She shares intimately her battles with her own mind, her therapists, and her eating disorder, but shows how persistence and commitment to self lead to true recovery. With not just stories, but clear outlines of recovery tools and lessons learned from each chapter, Telling ED NO! is educational, practical, and an inspiring story of triumph.”

Kirsten Haglund, Miss America 2008



“Telling ED NO! and Other Practical Tools to Conquer Your Eating Disorder and Find Freedom is a raw, honest look at the harsh inner dialogue that goes on inside the mind of someone with an eating disorder. Cheryl Kerrigan poignantly illustrates the sharp contrast between the chains with which ED enslaves and the freedom that Recovery gives. Like a trusted friend, Cheryl gently takes the reader’s hand, persuasively encouraging a practical path toward healing, health, and wholeness.”

Sari Fine Shepphird, PhD

Clinical psychologist and author of 100 Questions and Answers about Anorexia Nervosa



“Eating disorder survivor Cheryl Kerrigan shares her own day-by-day, step-by-step recovery journey in Telling ED NO! for one purpose—to prove to us that we can each be heroes in our own lives. When seen through Cheryl's eyes, asking for help becomes not a weakness but a unique source of strength. Cheryl also dedicates significant time to guiding us through techniques to tune out ED's voice and tune in to a new, fresh, and powerful voice—the voice of recovery. Telling ED NO! is a timely and refreshing reminder that YES, doing the hard work of recovery really is worth it! Bravo, Cheryl!”

Shannon Cutts

Author of Beating Ana: How to Outsmart Your Eating Disorder and Take Your Life Back and Founder/Director of Mentor Connect: Where Relationships Replace Eating Disorders



“Telling ED NO! and Other Practical Tools to Conquer Your Eating Disorder and Find Freedom is a must read for anyone struggling with an eating disorder. Cheryl’s humor and honesty helps foster understanding and provides support to individuals as they face the real challenges of recovery. Cheryl’s willingness and courage makes the journey feel less daunting and will help all feel supported and less alone. Additionally, Telling ED NO! can provide family members with useful information and help individuals understand the seriousness of eating disorders. This book provides much needed information and tools that can also augment one’s treatment while educating the public.”

Melissa Freizinger, PhD

Clinical Director, Laurel Hill Inn



“Cheryl's vivid and candid portrayal of life with an eating disorder, what treatment is like, and what it takes to recover are helpful to those considering treatment. She also provides insightful questions to ponder throughout the book. She generously shares her painful struggles to help others recover. Great book!”

Jacquelyn Ekern, MS, LPC
Director, Eating Disorder Hope



“Without providing triggering details (a rarity), Cheryl Kerrigan is able to share her journey of healing from an eating disorder and at the same time provide valuable, inspirational tips and tools for those who are ready to join her in “telling ED NO!” As Cheryl’s story attests, “Recovery does happen!”

Doris Smeltzer, MA

Author, Andrea's Voice: Silenced by Bulimia



“In Telling ED NO!, Cheryl Kerrigan not only shares her personal story of her battle with an eating disorder, which consumed over twenty-two years of her life, but also about her recovery and how she managed to overcome the disorder. Included in this book are real-life exercises and tools that she used to beat ED (her eating disorder) and that can help you as well. This book shows us that recovery from an eating disorder really is possible—even after struggling with it for over twenty years. You don’t have to live with your eating disorder forever. ED’s chains can be broken and you can take your life back. I highly recommend this book to anyone whose life has been affected by an eating disorder. You are not a hopeless case. If Cheryl can do it, so can you!

Andrea Roe
Eating Disorder Survivor and Author of You Are Not Alone—The Book of Companionship for Women with Eating Disorders
, Volumes 1 and 2 (plus companion CD)