Many of you know that Chelsea has been
treating for Anorexia since August of last year.
She had been ill for about a year before that
but Anorexia is sneaky and doesn't show its
real self all at once. But when you realize
what you are dealing with it is a fight
This beautiful life!
For the past few months we have been getting
closer to a goal.
That goal is Chelsea's
Yesterday, her nutritionist declared her there!
If you have never dealt with Anorexia this
may not seem like a big deal. But now that
we are walking this journey I know that this is
the equivalent of the longest marathon you could
imagine. For the person struggling with fear of
food just putting it in their mouth can be overwhelmingly
paralyzing. I have watched Chelsea work through these
fears and break the bad habits she had formed.
We have just set together and cried.
Short of hospitalizing her and forcing it
my only option was to help her be willing to
eat. For her own health and well being.
It had to be her choice.
This makes a control freak like me nuts!
We prayed....a lot!
We studied Eating Disorders.
I learned that ED isn't always a person.
(He kept showing up in the literature.)
Having a team of professionals
around you in this fight is essential.
I fought that at first.
Fear that they would take her away
for long term treatment was the reason.
However, I have found our doctors and nutritionist
to be so very helpful and supportive.
I can't even begin to express my
respect and admiration for them.
Yesterday was amazing.
We did a happy dance right in the hallway
of Hershey's Adolescent Medicine.
Oh yes we did!
To finally be at the place where Chelsea can learn
how to maintain this healthy weight.
Chelsea has to learn to add exercise back into the mix
while eating enough to support it
and not going overboard on how much
exercise she does.
This was her form of Anorexia.
So...this is tricky and is something you
can pray specifically about.
I am so very, very proud of her.
She is such a strong young lady.
God has helped her so much.
Her friends are so supportive.
We are not done with this journey.
Not by a long shot.
But we have crested a very steep hill and
are so very thankful!
She is out of immediate danger.
Taking a deep breath and preparing
for the next leg of the race.
I am happy to try to answer questions
privately if you want to email
me with them.
We want to use our journey to
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