Erin Stuart wrote -
Recovery begins with a single step. That's why I'm running the Boston Marathon for Rebecca's House, http://www.rebeccashouse.org/, a treatment center for eating disorders. I hope that my efforts can help others who are suffering take that first step into recovery.
My 15 year battle with anorexia began when I was 19. A desire to lose a few pounds turned into a battle I thought I couldn't win. I starved and over exercised myself down to 100lbs, filling my days with calorie counting, measuring and hating myself for every bite I did take. I was slowly dying but that didn't matter, I had anorexia to keep my company as I died. My first recovery resulted in restoring my weight to the healthy minimum but I still over exercised and obsessively controlled my food. The next decade was spent in and out of relapse. Gaining, losing, and eating just enough so everyone thought I was the picture of healthy eating. This continued until my most recent relapse, when I realized I needed specialized treatment. I was tired of living this way. At my first session the gray area I had been living in for so long suddenly became black and white when I was told my labs showed kidney damage and dangerous levels of inflammation all over my body. Without my treatment team I would never have cared enough or been able to develop the skills to heal the damage before it became irreversible. I now see the possibility of a life free from anorexia and work everyday on building a happier, healthier life.
Rebecca's House offers a variety of treatment opportunities from intensive outpatient treatment to residential treatment. Many of the staff are eating disorder survivors and they provide effective and long-lasting eating disorder treatment. My goal is to raise $6,000, the approximate cost of 1 year of outpatient treatment. The cost of treatment is often a barrier to someone who truly wants recovery. Any donation will greatly help someone suffering take the first step to regaining their life. Thank you for reading and supporting my run for recovery!