The Emily Program is starting a Client Advisory Board pilot program in Minnesota. The purpose of the board is to gather information about client experiences at The Emily Program specific to our services and programs.
We are seeking a diverse group of adult clients, current or former, invested in their treatment and recovery, who are interested in the opportunity to have a voice in The Emily Program experience.
This is one person's story; everyone will have unique experiences on their own path to recovery and beyond. Some stories may mention eating disorder thoughts, behaviors or symptom use. Please use your own discretion. And speak with your therapist when needed.
by Liz Rognes, a former Emily Program client in recovery. She is a teacher, writer, and musician who lives in Spokane, WA.
Recently, I took my nearly two-year-old son for a walk in the neighborhood. It's part of our routine to be outside together after I get home from work. But he has now entered the stage where he refuses to sit in his stroller; he wants to be on his feet, choosing his own pace, walking just like Mama. So, on this particular walk, I held his hand, and, slowly, slowly, we made our way down the sidewalk, his little paces keeping up with mine.
Then, he stopped to look at an unassuming rock. He stopped to investigate a fallen stick. He stopped to study a patch of weeds. I impatiently pulled him along, pausing with him when he noticed another ordinary thing, but then I gently tugged on his hand, demanding that he keep up with me.
by Maia Polson
To those of us with eating disorders, the concept of loving our bodies is completely foreign. We all engage in some form of over and under-eating, abusive self-talk, and a denial of our body's real needs. These behaviors seem so habitual that it's hard to imagine doing it any other way, let alone practicing love. I personally assumed that recovery could get my body healthy, but would still feel miserable about it. I knew the crazy body-love that all these recovered people talked about wasn't for me.
Yet here I am today, able to say that I honestly love my body. I love it every day, all the time. Allow me to explain...
Capitol Hill. The Senate. The House. All of these institutions seem imposing.
How can one person have any impact on the complex processes of our government? The amazing thing is, it is possible. As Americans, each and every one of us can impact our legislative process by using our voices. Speaking our truths, telling our stories, and sharing our own experiences can make a difference that can impact millions.
I did just this on Monday this week at EDC Lobby Day, talking to our policy makers about the Anna Westin Act. I went to Lobby Day because I know that passing a bill called the Anna Westin Act (AWA) will save lives. How does a bill about eating disorders save lives? The AWA opens up grant funding for training for health and school professionals and the public. With this training, more people will recognize the early signs of eating disorders, which can save lives. The public will understand more about eating disorders, which can reduce stigma and encourage those struggling to get help sooner.
Have you ever had an eating disorder?
Adults with current or past eating disorders (e.g., anorexia, bulimia, binge eating, compulsive overeating) are invited to participate in a University of Minnesota doctoral student research study on eating disorder recovery that involves completing a 10-15 minute online survey.