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Here in Australia we are one of the first to see in 2014 as we head towards midnight. It has been some months for me since visiting this forum. My wish to all of you for 2014 is HOPE

My now 19-year-old daughter is clawing her way out of full relapse.

 It has been a roller coaster ride to say the least. D did not transition well into first year university; upon our assistance, she deferred midyear. Would not seek medical support and became suicidal. Has been able to halt relapse herself (FBT did not work this time around) and is starting to re engage in life. Has even managed to put some weight back on but we are so far from being weight restored.

However, along the way we have been able to celebrate the small things that other people take for granted. Like many others on the forum I have kept in contact with other mums I have met through “Charlottes coffee clubs” that we have managed to maintain in our city. Some will I believe remain life long friends such is the bonds we have formed as parents of ED sufferers.

My D’s illness has even brought my family together more as ED has touched all of us not just my h and I.

Some things may never change though. I say this as on Boxing Day morning 26/12/13 I took my 83-year-old mother shopping to buy some tops/shirts. My mother is a size 12, which is quite petite. Upon trying on many different designs none were too her satisfaction. My mother was complaining that they showed her stomach. My response was so eloquent “For F… sake Mum. You are prepared to come out shopping without your teeth and yet you are worried about your stomach showing!”

My thoughts are with all of us who are still in the trenches and for other members I hope you are quietly celebrating life without ED

“A diamond is a piece of charcoal that handled stress exceptionally well.” – Unknown
Thanks! I burst out laughing about your mothers teeth! Laughter is good medicine. Happy 2014!
Hopefully Lesley, 2014 brings continued recovery for your dear D. So pleased to hear she is working on things. Hopefully we can catch up one of the coffee clubs soon.
Happy New Year.

D diagnosed restrictive AN June 2010 age 13.5. Weight restored July 2012. Relapse and now clawing our way back. Treatment: multiple hospitalisations and individual and family therapy.
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D in and out of EDNOS since age 8. dx RAN 2013. WR Aug '14. Graduated FBT June 2015 at 18 yrs old. [thumb]