F.E.A.S.T's Around The Dinner Table forum

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For all those still struggling in the trenches, there is hope.

This time last year D was just WR, a few months past IP, I had pulled her from school and I was off work.  ED ruled our lives.

This year D chose to have homemade waffles with fruit compote and whipped cream for breakfast before opening any presents.  She snacked on chocolate all day and ate a big Christmas dinner with no prompting, even having 3 helpings of stuffing, then apple pie with more whipped cream.  All the eating was her decision, no guilt, no voice of ED.

We've had a rough go and are 2 years in, still dealing with lots of co-morbids and still struggling in phase 2 but things are so much better than they were.  D attends a special alternative education site but is back to school and doing relatively well.  I am back to work.  DD#1 (ASD) is coping far better this year than in the chaos of last.  Things are not perfect and we are still struggling in many ways, still lots of appointments, still lots of anxiety challenges but better.

There are lots of posts as families are in the trenches so I wanted to offer a little bit of hope.  It does get better.  Slowly.  But it does.  Keep feeding.

Merry Christmas, Everyone.

Colleen in Ontario

Single Mom to DD#1 (20), Autism Spectrum Disorder (diagnosed at 16 1/2), Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Social Anxiety, Panic Disorder
and DD#2 (17), In solid recovery from Restrictive AN, Managing Social Anxiety, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Panic Disorder, ASD, finished with IP and FBT, successfully managing school and life

If, at the end of my days, I can say I saved the life of not only my child, but helped to save the life of someone else's child as well, then I have lived a good life.
Thank you for the brightnews! 
So wonderful to hear. It sounds like a fabulous Christmas day.

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.
That is great news. I am so happy for you and your D. I hope the ED voice never comes back!
Lisa NJ Mom to daughter dx AN (Nov. 2013) at age 10. WR April 2014. ~There is light at the end of the tunnel.~
Iaminspired, you are an inspiration to us all! Food really IS medicine.

So glad your girl is loving food and getting her life back.

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