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F.E.A.S.T: They Know Because They Have Been There

By Sue James

When my daughter was diagnosed with an eating disorder 2 years ago, I was consumed with so many emotions running through my head: shock, disbelief, desperation, fear and confusion.

The hospital gave me a list of websites for support and information, recommending F.E.A.S.T, but to be honest I was hesitant at first. After all, how could I explain to someone I had never met that my life had turned into a really bad horror film as we continued with Family Based Treatment at home? But the support of a psychologist once a week was not enough. I tried to explain to friends what was going on, but it’s just too complex, and after a while it’s just so exhausting to keep repeating.

But on this journey you cannot travel alone.  It Is just too intense, confusing and can be very isolating.

I reached out to FEAST and posted about my daughter on Facebook ‘Around the Dinner Table’. Immediately, this amazing group of Mums and Dads who had gone before me responded. Not just with information and advice but with such care, compassion and humanity that I could feel them reaching out to me. Suddenly I was part of a community of people who truly understood exactly what I was going through, with little explanation required on my part. I was not alone.

Those who had gone before me had experience and advice that the health professionals could not possibly give me. I was learning from them; sometimes from their mistakes, sometimes from their successes. But they shared so freely and without judgement, dispensing advice that was sometimes hard to take but was exactly what I needed to hear at the time and which has ultimately saved my daughter.

I am forever grateful to FEAST for this special community which continues to support and educate me.

They know because they have been there.

Are you thankful to F.E.A.S.T? Please tell us what F.E.A.S.T. means to you! You can reach us at info@feast-ed.org. And please don’t forget to donate during our upcoming fundraising campaign between November 10-24. #givethanks2FEAST

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