This has truly been a wonderful place that I have come to. This is my last day and I am leaving with so much knowledge to take with me. Everyone has been so supportive, caring and friendly. I feel like I am at home. I’ve been through a lot since I came but everything has been helpful and served a purpose. I felt everyone really cared. The program has been a blessing with all I have learned plus all that I have been taught. I am amazed how each class I was in has been like reading my life. Everyone in each class knew just what to say so I could apply it to me. It’s going to be hard leaving and going home but all I have t do is remember my time here and what I’ve learned. I will be okay. This is truly the very best place to come to for E.D. I just want to “thank” everyone for their teaching and caring.
I walked into the Eating Disorder Clinic scared, feeling hopeless and had no idea who I was. I suffered from anorexia and bulimia for 35 years. Years of lying, secrets, and denying I had an ED. I wasn’t even sure I could let go of my ED. I had lost complete control ED controlled me. The first feeling I felt when I got here was true compassion and honest care from the staff. Over the years I distrusted everyone, I isolated myself from everyone. I was able to trust the staff and my support group. I felt free to be open and honest. It was an amazing relief when I heard the stories from my support group. They actually know how I felt. “They have been in my shoes.” I was not alone anymore. We laughed and we cried together. I had to start letting go of some old baggage in order to start “finding me”. I know my road to recovery will have some bumps along the way, but with the tools I’ve been given here and the support of my group, I’ll make it. I realize my eating disorder was a crucial part of my life. It has played a part in who I am today and in what I want to become. I can finally see that light at the end of that tunnel, the light of hope and freedom. I am finally able to fly like a butterfly into the light of hope, freedom and carefree love and dreams. If I stumble, I’ll get back up and keep on flying. I am woman and I am SPECIAL! Good luck to everyone. Thank you to all the staff!
I am overwhelmed with so many emotions as I write my entry into this book of testimony and hope. When I first came to this clinic I did not know what to expect. I was anxious, scared yet hopeful. I have met several women who face many of the same problems that I have encountered while suffering with my eating disorder. It breaks my heart to know that there are so many people with eating disorders – many who never receive the professional treatment that I have received here in this clinic. It is a safe haven filled with compassion, love empathy and a knowledgeable professional team of doctors, nutritionists, psychologists, social workers, etc. There are so many structured programs here that I have benefited from. I also take with me much from the patients whom I have grown close to during my time here. I have invaluable information that is changing the way I think and feel about my body. I have a long road ahead of me, but I have been equipped with the tools I need to continue my recovery. I cannot say enough good things about the staff who have helped me become more aware of my feelings, thoughts and behavior. I have had some rough times, but always had the support of the other patients and the staff. I will always remember my experience here in the clinic. I take with me an armor of knowledge and experience that will help me to continue my battle with my eating disorder. Love and thanks to all of you!!!
One of the best decisions I’ve made in my life was to come to the Eating Disorder Clinic. I was an anorexic for 10 years and a binge eater for 10 years after that. I had hit rock bottom in every aspect of my life. For the first time in the 35 years I have been alive, I finally began to understand and deal with the issues that have caused my eating disorder. What an eye opener and breakthrough for me!! For the first time in my life, I have hope! I could not have come as far as I have without the help of the staff and patients here at the clinic. They are some of the most caring, compassionate, supportive, helpful, intelligent, and amazing people I have met! Words cannot express how grateful I am to all of them for literally saving my life. Not only do I now believe there is a light at the end of the tunnel, but I finally can see it!
I am writing my entry six days after I graduated from this program. So honestly, I can tell you from putting what I have learned here to the test that it works, really. I am changed for life and in a great way! You might come into this program with all kinds of thoughts; I know that was me. I thought 6 weeks and I would be cured among other thoughts. I really had no idea what I was getting myself into. The one thing that was sure though is that I wanted this more than anything! For 15 years I have been tormented by the dreadful disease of Bulimia. It has ravaged relationships, my health, my view on life, my home and my soul. I have a 3 year old daughter and a little boy on the way and thought, no way, not anymore, the cycle stops with me, not on my conscious do I want to spread this on to my children. So from the very beginning I went full force into this. I gave it all I had not knowing how or why it would work. I had always thought I was a different bulimic that all the others. That I just did what I did because I wanted to look better. What I learned was that it’s so much more than that. So many factors of my life have contributed to my eating disorder. I have gone through so many emotions, ups and downs and more. So the only advice or words of wisdom I might be able to give are these l) IT WAS COMPLETELY WORTH IT, and 2) anyone with an eating disorder can come into this program but if you have any other agenda besides healing yourself then it won’t work. So please do it for you. You are worth it, we all are worth the chance these wonderful people here give us. I love you all and don’t even know you, but I know your struggle. I’m still going through mine as it is but there is healing and light at the end of the tunnel and I’m running there as fast as I can! It’s my hope and prayer you will do the same.