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We had a 6 month checkup at our treatment center with out son the other day.  This was six months since our last session in which we were told we were officially in Stage 3 (getting back to normal life).  They did a battery of face to face interview questions and written tests.  He scored a "0" on both the eating disorder section and the depression section.  The zero indicates that he no longer has any of these tendencies.  And we knew that going into the session.

Our son is completely recovered and back to life as a normal kid.  All of the weird ED behaviors are gone and have been for many months.  When he's hungry he eats, he feeds himself, no longer looks at nutrition labels, doesn't care about calories, fat,  etc.  It's wonderful!

I don't post on here anymore, but I stop by and do some reading every now and then.  When I do, I get a pit in my stomach reading what you are going through.  I know what it's like.

Just remember that there is hope!  Keep up the fight and you can win this battle!!  It is hard, but it is worth it.  FOOD, FOOD, FOOD.  Keep stuffing every calorie you can get into your kid.  It's kind of a cliché in the ED world, but food is their medicine, and that's the truth.  We thank God everyday that we got our son back.

Best wishes to you all and your kids(and families).
Congrats!!  What a wonderful Christmas gift.  Thanks for sharing.
Fantastic post-- congratulations on your boy's recovery. Have a wonderful holiday season.

D diagnosed with AN November 2015 , the week she turned 12. Gaining slowly but steadily, fingers crossed...
Hi, lovely post, thank you for sharing your great news. Hearing things like this helps so much.
Thank you for sharing this wonderful news. Congratulations and Happy Holidays!
Great news & well done!!

It is nice when you get out the other side!!
ED Dad
How wonderfully rewarding!! Great job, all of you!

D in and out of EDNOS since age 8. dx RAN 2013. WR Aug '14. Graduated FBT June 2015 at 18 yrs old. [thumb]

"We are angels of hope, of healing, and of light. Darkness flees from us." -YP 
Thank you for this message of hope!

"Lineage, personality and environment may shape you, but they do not define your full potential."    Mollie Marti  


15 yr old d diagnosed with AN late December 2015 at the age of 12 after a 23 lb weight loss during prior 3 months. Started FBT/Maudsley at home on Christmas Eve with support from amazing local nutritionist specializing in ED and trained in FBT. WR Feb 2016 and pushing our way through puberty and rapid growth.
Your wonderful news - what a lovely Christmas gift to us all! So happy for you. xxxx
Bev Mattocks, mother of 24-year old male DX with RAN 2009, now recovered. Joined this forum in 2010 - it was a lifesaver.
Thanks everyone.  My son asked me the other night what I'd like for Christmas.  I gave him a hug and told him that he already gave it to me.  Him being better is the best thing we could ask for.  He rolled his eyes and said that doesn't count(typical teenager).  But oh, it does.

We will continue to keep a very close eye on his eating and weight.  Our biggest fear in life is that he will someday have a relapse.  We hope that never happens(and he does too).  I don't ever want to have to relive that experience again.   
Hi gdawgs, thanks for posting and it's wonderful to hear a happy ending to all this torture. Well done on getting to this stage it's a hard journey. Happy Christmas ye deserve it so much.
Daughter started restricting in February 2014, tried re feeding at home hospital admission 4 1/2 months weight restored started restricting post discharge, back on meal plan full supervision weight restored april 2016. Starting to hand back responsibility for meals it's scary.