F.E.A.S.T. Outreach Director
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Tickled to share the news that TODAY is the day that the Newman's Own Challenge begins and we're going to need every one of you to help. We know money is tight, but F.E.A.S.T. does not take donations or sponsorships from treatment providers (which is usually how ED advocacy is funded) because we never want parents to feel marketed to or influenced by corporate concerns.
That means we need donations from families just like you, and me, to keep this site and our services going. Every little bit counts. And this Challenge puts us into eligibility for prizes from Newman's Own, so we need your boosts to help us WIN. And we want, in this holiday season, for you to reach out not just to other parents with the same issues but tell friends and family and colleagues and community members. You can donate, and you can create a team to gather donations, and you can spread the word on social media like Facebook and Twitter. This is how WE help YOU, my friends. And please, please, check out the videos of parents around the world just like you about F.E.A.S.T. being there for them in hard times. Including me! https://www.crowdrise.com/o/en/campaign/families-empowered-and-supporting-treatment-of-eating-disorders/feast-ed __________________ Laura (Collins) Lyster-Mensh F.E.A.S.T. Outreach Director
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Thanks for the work you did to start off F.E.A.S.T & ATDT. Lets hope there are many here on this forum and many who have passed thtough here that can spare a few $$$ to help the good work keep happening. __________________ ED Dad
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Heartfelt Thanks to Laura and all at FEAST for all you do. __________________ Son,DX with AN, (purging type) in 2015 ,had 4 months immediate inpatient,then FBT at home since. He is now in strong recovery, and Living life to the full, like a "normal" teen. This is with thanks to ATDT. Hoping to get him into full recovery and remission one day at a time. Getting him to a much higher weight, and with a much higher calorie plan than his clinicians gave him as a target, was instrumental to getting him to the strong recovery that he is in now. Food is the medicine.
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Thank you to every member of this message board who participates and shares their knowledge, experience and kindness in order to help families and our loved ones suffering from eating disorders. Thank you to the Board Members of FEAST, for the advocacy work you do, to Laura Collins for starting this message board and to the moderators past and present, for your helping hands.
We are all FEAST and ATDT. We have the opportunity to show our support with a donation. I know that especially here in the US we are all stressed because of the terrible financial burden of these disorders, but anything that you can contribute will be of help to further the very necessary advocacy and parent education work. I thank all of you for helping me be brave enough to do what I needed to do during the terrible crisis when my daughter was critically ill, and what I still need to do to help my daughter. You have all given me strength and confidence to create firm boundaries and to try and be the very best support I can possibly be, so that my daughter eats well and we were able to handle the many stressors at home and as we move ahead. FEAST supplied the evidence based information so that we could make informed decisions about treatment and find what I considered to be the best treatment available for her. Reading your stories and listening to your invaluable advice have made an unbearable situation bearable for me, as well as helping my daughter be able to move ahead in her life. Please join me in showing financial support for a service which benefits so many families. https://www.crowdrise.com/o/en/campaign/families-empowered-and-supporting-treatment-of-eating-disorders/feast-ed Gratefully yours, Kali
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I couldn't have said it better myself, Kali.
I echo the thanks to all to keep the forum going as well as to all those who post and make this the thriving, supportive community that has gotten us all through the darkest of times. I am totally sure that my son would not be as well as he is here without the help and support I got here. I made a donation yesterday to say thank you, thank you, thank you. Warm wishes, D __________________ 2015 12yo son restricting but no body image issues, no fat phobia; lost weight IP! Oct 2015 home, stable but no progress. Medical hosp to kick start recovery Feb 2016. Slowly and cautiously gaining weight at home and seeing signs of our real kid. May 2017 Hovering around WR. Mood great, mostly. Building up hour by hour at school after 18 months at home. Summer 2017 Happy, first trip away in years, tons of variety in food, stepping back into social life. Sept 2017, back to school full time for the first time in 2 years. Happy and relaxed, just usual non ED hassles.
Swedish proverb: Love me when I least deserve it because that's when I need it most. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence Recovery, then, is not an act but a habit. Aristotle. If the plan doesn't work, change the plan but never the goal. (but don't give up on the plan too soon, maybe it just needs a tweak or a bit more time and determination ) We cannot control the wind but we can direct the sail.
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This FEAST fundraiser is still active - What a wonderful idea for a Christmas Gift!
__________________ Son,DX with AN, (purging type) in 2015 ,had 4 months immediate inpatient,then FBT at home since. He is now in strong recovery, and Living life to the full, like a "normal" teen. This is with thanks to ATDT. Hoping to get him into full recovery and remission one day at a time. Getting him to a much higher weight, and with a much higher calorie plan than his clinicians gave him as a target, was instrumental to getting him to the strong recovery that he is in now. Food is the medicine.
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I thank God for you (and Charlotte) and this ATDT forum every single day.
__________________ Son diagnosed @ 12.5 yrs old with Severe RAN 2/11. Co-morbids - anxiety, Active restriction for 3 months. He stopped eating completely 2x. He needed immediate, aggressive treatment from a provider who specialized in eating disorders, adolescents and males. We got that at Kartini Clinic. WR since 5/11. 2017 getting ready to graduate slipping lost 8lbs. Fighting our way back.