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sal1

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Hi, I joined after hearing a discussion about anorexia on NPR. My D was diagnosed 15 years ago at the age of 17 with anorexia. We were lucky to find a good therapist (out of our insurance network,of course), and she spent 6 weeks at an impatient facility on New Orleans. Our nightmare went on for years, we thought we were going to loose her, but she is now "living", excersising to much, but enjoying food again and has never looked better.
We are so blessed. She will always struggle with this, but she has found her way.
My heart goes out to all of you who are going through this nightmare. Anything I can do to help, please ask. We have been through fighting with insurance companies to working with an advocate.
Stay strong.
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Thanks, sal.  That's good to hear.

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Thanks sal1,
that is what we all need and what gives us power in the hard time: hope. I nearly lost it before I found this forum and FBT.
Now we are 2 months in recovery and d is doing so well. Some days we go forward 2 steps and 1 step backward, but as you know there is hope you can stand this quite more easier. Most days we go forward, thats important.
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Dear Sal, thanks for sharing. Very glad to hear your d is doing so well!
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Sal, that is such good news. I know we parents here in the UK often complain about our free NHS, but at least we have a free national health service and don't have to struggle with insurance companies at the same time as battling this horrible illness.
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Hi Tina, As you know recovery is life long. Every day that we have our daughter in our life is a blessing.
It is such a roller coaster ride. I felt that if I was strong enough and positive enough I could fix my D. It didn't that long for me to realize that I had no power over this horrible disease.
My husband and I had counseling to help us. It's so important to find support and take care of yourself.
Why is mental illness still such a taboo subject??
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Sal1, why indeed...?! These days I'm not afraid to shout out about it. If people can't handle that, then that's their problem. But I did find that once I was more open about why my son had 'been sick', others came out about their battles with mental illness in the family, too. There is a lot of it out there, in different forms...

Taking care of ourselves is so important. I am so thankful for the support I found here and the parents I met up with in person as a result. I am also thankful for the wonderful support we received from our son's high school, the positively saintly school nurse (who was always there to give me a reassuring hug and a coffee), my equally saintly best friend and also my sister. All of these people helped me to get through this without going crazy. (Like the day when things just got too much for me and I ended up smashing plates on the kitchen floor...)

Hugs to you. xxx

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