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Letters from Patients and Families

Read feedback we have received from some patients who benefitted from the Johns Hopkins Eating Disorders Program.

 “I have recently celebrated my 10th year in recovery, and I believe that the help I received through your treatment program and staff has helped me to be the “healthy” person I am today. I realize that it was a combination of factors that led to my success at Johns Hopkins, and that perhaps, at a different facility things might have worked out differently. The program, the staff, the approach (which I view as a more behavioral/cognitive approach) were key elements, coupled with my own motivation, that helped put me on the road to recovery….I have maintained a healthy weight since my treatment at JHH, and I have been physically and emotionally healthy [enough] to give birth to a child. I have been a therapist in the past and teach Psychology. I think about my stay at Johns Hopkins often and feel fortunate that there was a program such as the one you have, to meet my needs. The fulfilling life I lead today was not an option prior to my treatment.” --- patient

“I was a patient on the Eating Disorders Unit at Hopkins four times…Several years ago I ran into another patient I knew from the floor and she said she was surprised I am alive… Every day I am grateful. I know others don’t make it, or that they continue to struggle with their eating disorders for the rest of their lives. I am one of the lucky ones who got better. I no longer worry about food or weight. I’m happy and healthy. I owe a lot of this to the hard work and dedication of the staff at Hopkins who didn’t give up on me, encouraged and taught me, despite the fact that I returned multiple times. I eventually came to believe what you all were telling me – that if I dieted I would die.”   -- patient

“My wife and I would like to take a moment of your time to thank you and your staff so much for helping our daughter overcome her disorder this past year. When we first arrived at your clinic we felt helpless in the face of something that we really did not understand. The professional help and care you and your staff provided our daughter gave us all the hope that things could get better… and they did!...she is doing very well, has a great attitude and is determined never to go back to where she was. We all feel blessed to have found the resource in your program at Johns Hopkins to help us overcome our daughter’s disorder and wanted to tell you again how much we appreciate all you’ve done in giving us our daughter back. – parent of patient.

“I just want to take the time to thank you for SAVING MY LIFE. Before I came to your program I was in a real mess. I was in several different programs that really did not help me…I can now say that I really have my life back. Hopkins gave me the tools to work through everyday situations and showed me the light when I was in darkness. Today I eat 3 meals a day and eat foods that I thought I would never eat.” – patient

“If you are about to enter treatment for an eating disorder you might feel scared, angry, sad…any variety of emotions. They are pretty normal. I speak from experience…it’s going to be OK. This is a chapter in your life which will not last forever. But no matter the outcome, it’ll change your life. It’s been 15 years since my last stay at Johns Hopkins or any other treatment for my eating disorder or depression. When I first came to Hopkins I was a mess and far from motivated to be helped... Despite my best efforts to push away any help that was offered to me, the team did not give up on me. .. I won’t say it [recovery] was an easy road because it wasn’t. There were many slips along the way. But as time went on there were more good days than bad days… As you begin your stay at Johns Hopkins, remember that recovery is possible. That you can get through this season in your life and that there are people who care about you and want to see you succeed.  – patient

“Hopkins saved my life…it is safe to say that I would most likely not be here if I did not receive the tremendous care of this program. As a strong-willed young man, it was nearly impossible for anyone, including myself, to control my disease and although I firmly resisted treatment, I am extremely grateful for the intervention I received at Hopkins…. This disease is a fight, but the program gives you the necessary skills and support to regain control of your life and be healthy. I now live a normal, happy and productive life.” – patient

“Our son struggled with restrictive eating throughout adolescence. The illness progressed steadily despite ongoing private counseling, medications, and repeated parental interventions. We chose Johns Hopkins after much research when it was clear that the disease was in full control, and the very life of our son was at risk… As an inpatient he tried desperately to convince us that the program was killing him, not the anorexia…now he has regained control of his life and is thriving and he continues to receive periodic outpatient treatment at Hopkins by his own choosing. The program provides the structure and support necessary to separate the patient from the disease and to slowly empower patients to regain control of their lives. Family members are encouraged to participate and to work with providers and their loved ones as a team. I believe this is an important part of treatment and recovery.” ---father of patient.

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