This is an area where I can say I’m an expert. This and parallel parking (thanks to my job in Portland, right out of high school, as a gopher). Our family has been on the Eating Disorder road for about six years. What started out as foreign territory is now familiar territory. It’s not to say that I’ve mastered all the ins and outs of an eating disorder. But I understand much of the psychology of it and am comfortable walking this road. That’s not to be confused with liking this road. The road to recovery has been long and hard. It’s meant sacrifice, betrayal, menu planning and reviews, a change in cooking, unwelcomed but necessary accountability, an abnormal college life, and so many things that have caused heartache. But with joy and relief, I’m happy to report that as of November 2017, Bridgette is considered weight restored. Her medical team (her dietician, psychiatrist, and therapist) are celebrating her wellness and Bridgette is living a good life in college without the interruptions that became so common over the last few years. Here I will share some of our past experiences as they come to mind, and possibly current thoughts. An eating disorder isn’t like a broken arm, so as a mom I will stay vigilant and may be able to share on that end. I hope you will contact me if you identify an area where I can help you. Here’s the link to Bridgette’s blog that she began a few years ago. This was incredibly helpful as she processed her experience. It’s also a good reminder to her of where she once was. There are times when I suggest that she read it herself! Click here to read more.
During my talk with Bridgette this afternoon I discovered that this week is NEDA’s awareness week. NEDA stands for National Eating Disorders Association. For several years, I knew almost instinctually when it was NEDA awareness week. I discovered it during conversations at the hospital, or one of Bridgette’s providers might have mentioned it, or because […]
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I’ve mentioned before that I love to listen to audio books. It’s the best thing since sliced bread, but really better. No need for me to eat bread sliced for me to enjoy it. Productivity makes me happy and multitasking is a skill I’ve honed. Especially this time of year when I’m trying to keep […]
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We’ve had a lot of special recognition days at work lately: National Professional Administrative Day, National Classified Employee Week, Teacher Appreciation Week, Nurses Day; the list is extensive. I wonder though if maybe we need these days because we treat each other crappy by our lack of kindness or show of appreciation on all the […]
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