Eating Disorder Recovery Stories
From a young professional who struggled with bulimia:
“At my first appointment, I was truly lost. I was binging and purging up to 7 times a day. It was that bad. But as soon as I walked in Dr. Jamie’s office, I felt that everything was going to be ok and that for the first time in 16 years, I had hope that I was going to take control over my life. It hasn’t been an easy journey. Sometimes, I have to think of this as ‘one day at a time.’ I remember that tomorrow will be better and that today was not a good day…that is all. During my recovery process, there were so many situations that came up, hurtful in instances, where I sincerely thought that I was going to lose control again. But everything I learned about me, about my strength, about my will to overcome this, pulled me through and showed me that there in fact is hope and that I can and will overcome this. It is not easy, it takes a lot of energy, will power, strength, and self love. The latter, I learned throughout all this. I had never loved myself. I was my biggest critic and my worst enemy…but when that changed, when I changed the way I looked at myself, then everything made sense. Why would I hurt the person I need to love the most? This is one of the many things Dr. Jamie showed me. I can’t abuse me. I need to love myself. And now, I do.
To those out there wondering if you can do this: you can. Don’t be your enemy, you are stronger than you think. You can get through this as long as you want it. Don’t go at it thinking that you will fail. Just think, if I fall 10 times, I will get back up 11.
Dr. Jamie provided a very comfortable environment for me to open up about everything that was going on. I never felt judged. She was very welcoming since the first time I spoke to her over the phone to setup my first appointment. That it was ok to fail at times, that it was not the end of the world…of course, as long as we think about what caused it and then adjust our behavior so that we wouldn’t be on the same position again.
To you, Dr. Jamie: There are no words that can describe how eternally grateful I am to you. You showed me the beauty of self-love and how far it can take me. How my life has turned around is just amazing. I have been through big losses throughout this journey, but I did not lose myself. It is a working process, but I know I can do it. As I told you before, you saved my life, plain and simple. I know I did the work, but you guided me through it. Thank you.”
From a woman recovering from anorexia:
“Dr. Jamie is one of the most insightful, caring, and compassionate individuals I have ever encountered. I first entered her office feeling hopeless and broken begone repair, and I can honestly say she saved my life. I am forever grateful to have encountered her in my journey to happiness.”
From a graduate student recovering from ED
“When my mom found Dr. Jamie, I was a mess. My eating disorder was out of control, my relationships were not healthy and nothing in my life was stable. I needed help. In the past I had tested my therapists but Dr. Jamie set me in my place. She never played my game and she always called me out on my lies. That was the most helpful thing that she could have done.
I remember my first meeting I had told her that I had self harmed a couple days earlier. Her response was basically that if I did it again she would tell my mom and things would get serious. I promised that I wouldn’t do it again. She helped me learn that I should respect myself.
Dr. Jamie is the first therapist that I have ever felt comfortable enough with to cry. I used to see crying as a sign of weakness. Part of my eating disorder was so that I could numb out the rest of my life; because of Dr. Jamie I was able to feel again. It was not pleasant and it made me really angry at first but, without that I would probably still be in my eating disorder and still chasing a guy that only “loved” me when I was sick.
Without a doubt, I am alive because I had Dr. Jamie as a therapist. I have been in recovery for a solid year now and am healthy enough to go off to Graduate school in England. She helped me find myself and I will forever be grateful. She gave me the opportunity to help myself with her teaching me along the way.”