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Client & Family Newsletter
February 2014
The Emily Program Medical Services
In This Issue
ED Awareness Month
unmaskED Gala
Reflections on Recovery
Mindful Moment

I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel. Maya Angelou 

Recovery Night 

February 11, 2014 


Kristin Reilly, our February speaker, is recovering from Anorexia Nervosa, restrictive type. She considers herself to be a spiritual being having a human experience, which includes many years lived in the shadow of an eating disorder. She does not experience recovery as a destination, but rather as the call to fully engage in every moment of life to the best of her ability. The lessons she learned through her own process of recovery remain some of the most powerful and important of her life, and continue to energize her work with others on their own path of recovery. 

Date: February 11

Time: 6:30-8:00 PM 
2265 Como Ave, lower level, St. Paul, MN 55108

Recovery Night is a night of inspiration and hope, and occurs the 2nd Tuesday of every month. This is a free event that is open to the community. 
TEP Blog Posts 

Catch up on some reading:


Dialectical Behavioral Therapy Services


Join us Feb 12 in Spokane for Eating Disorders: Not Just a Teenage Phase


Managing Diabetes and an Eating Disorder 


February is Eating Disorder Awareness Month

Some facts about eating disorders:


  • Eating disorders don't discriminate -- they affect people of all ages, genders, socio-economic statuses, and ethnicity. 
  • Eating disorders are not a choice. These mental illnesses are very serious and can affect a person's physical and mental wellbeing. 
  • Eating disorders are far more prevalent than most people think. Almost half of Americans do or will know someone with an eating disorder. 
  • Eating disorders include anything from overeating to food restriction, and everything in between. You can't tell someone has an eating disorder by looking at them.  
  • Recovery is possible. People get better. It doesn't have to be a life-long struggle.

February is Eating Disorder Awareness Month. Throughout the month The Emily Program and The Emily Program Foundation will be sponsoring events, giving presentations, and providing seminars. 
Join us at an event or two this month. Spreading the word about eating disorders, learn about treatment, and understanding the resources available are all important in helping decrease the stigma and helping people live full, healthy lives. 

Below is a short list of some of places we'll be during February. For more information about events, watch our blog.

Penumbra Theatre

Making Peace with Food at Penumbra Theatre

Tuesday, February 18 at 5:00 PM

FREE, but reserve a seat
Click here for more information and to RSVP


Winona State University 

Monday, February 24 at 7:00 PM 

Health in a Weight Focused World

Healthy Mondays 


Seattle Pacific University
Thursday, February 27 from 10:00 AM-2:00 PM

University of Washington
Everybody Every Body Fashion Show
Friday, February 28 


The Emily Program Foundation's first annual Gala, unmaskED

Friday, March 1 at 5:30 PM
Click here for more information and to purchase tickets 

unmaskED Gala - March 1

Join The Emily Program Foundation for their first annual Gala, unmaskED, on March 1. 


The masquerade theme of this Gala event symbolizes the removal-or "unmasking" - of the secrecy, stigma, and shame associated with eating disorders (ED).


Click here for more information and to reserve your seat!


Reflections on Recovery

A woman in recovery for 21 years writes:


At age 12, I wrote in my diary: "I really like the neighbor boy; I wish he liked me" and "I need to lose 5 pounds." Losing weight was my new year's resolution until age 16 when, for a whole bunch of reasons, I finally lost the 5 pounds.


For the next 6 years, I rode the eating disorder roller-coaster. The behavior code at my daughter's preschool says the kids' behavior should be safe, kind, and respectful. During those eating disorders years, my behaviors were extremely unsafe, unkind, and disrespectful. 


I wrote many poems as an adolescent. One told how desperately I wanted to please people and achieve everything, but not to be me or be seen. Another described feeling like
I was in a glass box where the walls were closing in and I couldn't leave fingerprints when I touched the glass. I could see out, but couldn't get out. 


When I was 22, with the help and love of friends and professionals, I saw a path off the roller-coaster. That path was difficult, but I took the risk of following it. I developed alternative, healthier coping skills. I followed my meal plan. 


I talked, talked, talked, and listened. Eventually, the path led me to recovery, where I live now. I hardly ever think about my eating disorder anymore; I no longer access it to make decisions, cope with feelings, handle challenges, or keep life away. 


My eating disorder-and my recovery-are only a part of who I am today. My identity also includes everything else I am or have been: adopted, student, poet, mother, professional,


While my eating disorder is history, it taught me about being who I want to be today: connected to people, relationships, and life; peaceful; hopeful; and joyful. 

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