A chance to live, a chance to fly...
When reflecting back on my time at the Denver Health and the ACUTE Center for Eating Disorders it is hard to know where to begin. The entire experience from start to finish was both eye opening and life changing. Upon admission, I was at my lowest point physically, mentally, and emotionally and drained of life and hope. I was far from home, my family, and support and scared to begin what I knew would be a long and arduous journey. Having struggled with anorexia for over ten years and in and out of many different treatment centers, I was exhausted and had lost sight and hope of recovery.
My time at ACUTE, however, was unlike any experience I had had at previous facilities and treatment centers. From the moment I was admitted, I was treated not as a disease but as a person. The wonderful staff from Dr. Mehler and Dr. Gaudiani to the nurses and CNAs embraced me and took the time to truly understand and meet my needs. The care was individualized and complete, addressing both nutritional, physical, and mental aspects. Above all, the treatment team was just that--at team--and always ensured I was an active part of my treatment and recovery.
In the end, I left Denver Health with a renewed spirit and outlook on life. I was truly nourished body, mind, and soul and allowed the freedom to rediscover who I was without an eating disorder. Most importantly, I left knowing it was ok to have fears and uncertainties but not let that keep me from letting go and living life. There is so much more out there beyond the eating disorder once you stop simply existing and start truly living. My sincere hope and wish for those battling with an eating disorder and the decision to seek treatment is that you give yourself a chance--a chance to find yourself, a chance to live, a chance to fly.