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Call Me Ninnie


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About the author:

I am a person in recovery from an eating disorder, substance abuse disorder, trauma and medical PTSD. I want to use my personal experience with mental health disorders, trauma, treatment, sobriety and recovery to heal others and use my pain for good. I believe that through my experience in these specific types of hell I can heal those "hopeless" cases like myself. 


I am passionate about helping others and giving back. I know what it is like to feel alone, broken and hopeless, and I also know what it is like to heal and be filled with hope. I believe that with a little help everyone is capable of change. My hope is to inspire and guide others.

As a recovery coach:


As a person in recovery from a deadly eating disorder and addiction I know what it is like to feel broken, trapped, conflicted, invisible, ashamed, disgusted, alone, and hopeless. I know what it is like to try and fail, and I know what it is like to pick myself back up again. I have run my life from a place of fear and trying to outrun my trauma. I was a hopeless case and I proved them all wrong.


I have been on the receiving end of so much love, support, and guidance that has made all the difference.

My passion and purpose now is to give that back and am here to believe in you. 

As a recovery coach/ mentor I strive to be an example, an inspiration, and a guide. 

I will believe in you until you can believe in yourself.  

I will be your biggest cheerleader and hold your hand because I am passionate about healing others.


I understand that everyone has their own path and journey. I was not built in the cookie cutter mold and I don't expect you to be either. 


I believe in healing trauma from one soul to another because I know what it’s like to live with trauma every day and am here to bear witness and help you not to feel alone. Let me hold your hand and guide you. I intimately know the difference one person can make and I want to be that one person. I am here to believe in you. I see the potential and the hope and I will follow your lead… 

I have found that when I am working with others, my experience gains meaning and it makes it all worth it. 


Call me Ninnie: From Hell to Hope
Reclaiming my identity from an Eating Disorder, Addiction, and Disease


Writing this book is an affirmation of my strength and courage, and my true desire to share hope. It is a reminder of how far I have come. It is a testimony to the woman I have become and the values I have in my life that guide me toward being a better person. It is a survival story.

As I wrote this book, I thought the story may have never been told. There were so many times my body could have given up. I could have acted on suicidal thoughts or been killed in one of many precarious, risky situations. Or what if my mind was lost for good after what I think was a psychotic break where the walls started talking and I believed I could fly? Most likely I’d be in jail or committed to an institution where you could find me talking to myself and crocheting.

For a long time, I believed that jail was where I belonged, or somewhere locked up far away from human civilization. Those were my best thoughts and solutions. If anything, this should be a lesson that our thoughts are not facts.

This is my story. It may be triggering for those in recovery from eating disorders, addiction, sexual trauma, mental health, or self-harm. My hope is for my words to help you and let you know you are not alone.

If I had a dollar for every time I heard, “You really should write a book; you can’t make this shit up,” I would be permanently vacationing on some beach. I would never admit it, but there was always a part of me that had faith or reason to believe I could recover and would have a message to share. At the same time, I questioned why I would expose my shit show of a life.

I will share some of the most intimate parts of my life, those that I spent my lifetime trying to outrun. I have chosen to tell my story because I have learned that my voice matters and my truth is the most powerful thing I have.

Writing this has been healing and an opportunity to give back some of the hope and love others poured into me. There is strength in being vulnerable. But I still wonder if I am insane, sharing my darkest moments. I’ve been labeled “anorexic, bulimic, drug addict, sick, failure, lost cause, criminal, hooker, pathetic, ungrateful, spoiled, and disgusting.” I guess it can’t get any worse than that.

There’s a part of me that would rather hide these parts of myself and is afraid that it makes me too much to love. This is where I have the ability to say, Shut up, Christina. You are more than your past. So I choose to share my story in the hopes that I can move on from the “old story” and finally start living the life I was always meant to live.



“Christina Yackery’s courage and resilience in Call Me Ninnie speak to the hearts of women who struggle on the spectrum of eating disorders. Her powerful testimony and vulnerability provide an inspirational beacon of hope that recovery and freedom from the inner war with food and body is possible for anyone.” 

Tracy L. Desjardins, IAHC,

International Bestselling Author, The Diet-Free Diva: 5 Steps to Freedom with Food-Body-Self on Your Trusted and Sustainable Terms

“This story is so real, raw and valuable to anyone struggling to find the path to recovery.  Truly goes through the many problems and traumas people face that leads them down the unexpected road to addiction.  This is truly heart wrenching and touching all at once.”

 Amanda Toal, International best selling author, Peer Recovery Coach, Digital & Social Media Specialist

 “Christina Yackery’s story in Call Me Ninnie is both gut-wrenching and healing and it compels you to take stock of your life and your experiences.”

Nicole Hawkins PhD, CEDS-S,
Licensed Psychologist and Chief Executive Officer at Center for Change

In The Press


As a certified recovery coach, Christina, aka Call Me Ninnie, offers her expert insight and guidance to help others overcome addiction, eating disorders, and childhood trauma. Let her be the light to guide you through the darkness and challenge you to change. Take a step towards recovery today!

Public Speaking
 I am available for public speaking and please contact me for bookings. 

As a Recovery Coach, I am passionate about sharing my story to inspire and empower others in their own journey towards healing and recovery. My Speaking Engagements offer a unique opportunity for you to learn about my experiences with eating disorders, addiction, and childhood trauma, and how I overcame them. Whether it's a public or private event, I am dedicated to sparking conversation, promoting awareness and helping others who may be struggling.

Recovery Coaching
 I will be taking recovery coaching clients starting in 2024.

At my Recovery Coaching program, my goal is to help individuals overcome addiction, eating disorders, or childhood trauma by providing a safe and supportive environment to explore their challenges and work towards lasting recovery. Whether it's one-on-one coaching sessions or group discussions, my approach is tailored to your unique needs, combining evidence-based practices with compassionate support to help you on your journey.

Sober Companionship

I understand how difficult it can be to face the challenges of recovery alone. That's why I offer sober companionship services to support individuals recovering from eating disorders, addiction, and childhood trauma. With my personalized approach, I'm committed to helping you live a healthy, fulfilling life. Don't hesitate to reach out and start your journey to recovery.

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