Born in 1965, Barbara Love was adopted as a baby and grew up in Churchtown, Dublin, with her parents and adopted sister, Helen. Barbara lost both her parents in her twenties and attempted suicide in 1992, leaving her with limited use of her hands. Intelligent, determined and fiercly independent, she pursued a successful career in retail and kept a diary all her life.
In her early teens Barbara became self-conscious about her weight and began to restrict her eating. A lifelong battle with anorexia and bulimia followed. In 2015 she admitted to herself that she had an eating disorder and sought professional help.