About Betsy

Betsy Brenner is an author, recovery speaker, and peer support mentor. In her 2021 memoir, “The Longest Match: Rallying to Defeat an Eating Disorder in Midlife,” Betsy details her life, one filled with blessings and privilege, but also with emotional trauma, and profound grief, anxiety, depression, and ultimately a diagnosis of anorexia in midlife. Her eating disorder became the catalyst for healing.

Her inspiring message is that “it is never too late to be a work in progress.” Betsy’s recovery journey shows the reader that it IS possible to heal from past trauma and become healthier in mind, body and spirit.

A former hospital attorney and long-time high school tennis coach, Betsy was also a hospice volunteer and speaker on grief, loss, and end-of-life decision-making. She has led a bereavement group in her town for nearly a decade.

Her primary focus now is on speaking, mentoring, and leading support groups. Betsy has had the opportunity to share her story at treatment centers, conferences, and virtually through webinars and podcasts.

She is passionate about giving hope to and supporting those who are struggling with an eating disorder, especially women in midlife.

Betsy received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Brown University and her Juris Doctorate from American University Law School.

Originally from Rochester, New York, she and her husband Jeff have resided in Barrington, Rhode Island for 30 years and are the proud parents of three grown children.

“Owning our stories and loving ourselves through the process is the bravest thing we’ll ever do.” 

The Gifts of Imperfection
Brené Brown, Ph.D., LMSW
Research Professor, University of Houston