Strength. Courage. Community.
I could be commemorating my 40th year of a lifelong partnership with my eating disorder. Instead, I am celebrating Year One of sustained recovery. I am alive and well today because of you.
After one admission to a hospital, five stays in residential treatment, and countless times in PHP, I have maintained a healthy weight since August 2019. Even though I left CEDC two of my three times there against medical advice, each time served a purpose in my journey to recovery. I’ve come to believe that older patients may require more opportunities to retrain their neurotransmitters. Even though I was the cause of much repetitive paperwork, each intake was unknowingly therapeutic for me. Every counselor helped me chip away to find the roots of my disorder. It was a privilege to work with Jamie, Mark, and Whitney. Dr. Ewing is arguably the most knowledgeable doctor I have ever had, and Julie has the patience of an elementary school teacher.
At times, I still feel like crawling back into the womb of CEDC where I was accepted, supported, and surrounded by people like me. I celebrate that I no longer have the 24/7 food thoughts that were once immutable. I do not know if I will ever divorce my lifelong partner, but I have found happiness and peace in the separation.
Thank you! Two years and three months ago, I wrote a thank-you post while holding my newborn daughter on my chest. Now I am writing again to say thank you while holding my newborn son. Thank you for all that you do. Thank you for taking the time to listen to me and work with me, even though I said I didn’t want help. Thank you for being there every single day during the worst years of my life. But mostly, thank you for saving my life even though I told you I didn’t want to be saved!! I went to six different treatment centers before coming to CEDC in 2011 and was at the point that many had given up. You all helped me fight for myself again, and honestly, I couldn’t be more grateful!
My ED isn’t allowed secrecy. If I struggle, I do it out in the open now. That’s the only way to ensure that I win, and my ED loses. Thanks again for all you and your staff did for me during the darkest portion of my life.
If ten years ago you told me that I was going to have birthday cake on my 34 th birthday next month and not think anything of it,” Alana said. “I wouldn’t have believed you, but it’s true.
This was my first time getting treatment for the ED I struggled with for almost 2 decades. I was terrified of entering residential and handing the reins over to professionals, but it turned out to be the smartest choice I ever made. The staff is absolutely amazing – almost all of the counselors there are so supportive and not judgmental. They understand how hard it is to have someone else controlling certain aspects of your life during your stay there and they do their best to treat everyone with dignity and respect regardless of where you are in your fight against ED. I will never regret my choice to go for such a high level of care because in the end, it saved my life.
Today, I am happy, healthy and safe, and thriving because of the love and support I received at CEDC…
The CEDC program has left me feeling strong and optimistic, and I cannot say enough positive things about the program….
Thank you for everything, especially for believing in me when I couldn’t believe in myself. Sometimes that was what convinced me to keep trying even when I felt hopeless…
I can’t express how grateful I am to have had people like you in my life. You have all helped me more than I could have ever dreamed possible. Every day I looked forward to coming in to partial to see your smiling faces, and your kindness has brightened the hardest of days…
Not only did CEDC teach me how to beat my eating disorder, but you also taught me how to be a good person, how to help other people, and listen to them….Thank you all for making me ME again.
I know that the road ahead will not be easy but just knowing that CEDC is there as a safety net gives me a feeling of calm…
The residential facility has helped me out so much! I’ve been in and out of different treatments but this one has by far helped me in so many ways. I was for the first time able to trust my team and be honest with them. They took everything I said seriously and made sure I got my needs met for a successful recovery and despite my discharge, my case manager is still working on things to help me when I arrive home. Just the whole staff over at CEDC is amazing!!
CEDC NH is amazing! Through partial and IOP I have found all the staff incredibly helpful and truly genuine. This is the best and most authentic program I have ever been to! Working with therapists and case workers that are in recovery has truly made a difference for me. They fight for you and with you every step of the way!
Cambridge Eating Disorder Center
Move from surviving to thriving.
The Cambridge Eating Disorder Center provides individuals suffering with eating disorders a comprehensive continuum of support services focused on their recovery. Our treatment programs focus on reducing the eating disorder symptoms while promoting the development of a healthy self that encompasses both emotional and physical well-being.
3 Bow Street, Cambridge, MA 02138
CEDC-PHP/IOP Programs: 12 Plympton Rd., Cambridge, MA 02138
105 Loudon Rd., Building #2, Concord, NH 03301