Illustration credit: Casey Foote
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 Clare Harmon, a former Emily Program client and woman in recovery
Two weeks ago I assisted at a performing arts day camp for adolescent girls. They learned theory, instrumental technique, rehearsal skills, and performed songs made famous by Nina Simone, Irma Thomas, and Ella Fitzgerald. In my last entry, I wrote about my first day there and here, now, I still consider the experience a transformative one. All cliché aside, music is super great.
At The Emily Program we know recovery is possible, often from personal experience. Due to this, we enjoy hearing former clients, community members, and even our peers talk about their journey to recovery from an eating disorder. Gathering together as a community provides another level of support. It provides a forum that is safe, inspiring, and powerful.
This month we will hold Recovery Night in St. Paul, MN and Seattle, WA. You can check our website for all dates and locations of future Recovery Nights.
By Lisa Diers, Director of Nutrition, The Emily Program
At The Emily Program, our registered dietitian nutritionists work with clients to help them heal their relationships to food and physical selves. Incorporating the proper mix of nourishment into their daily lives helps their bodies and minds begin to recover and function the way they are naturally meant to.
We invite you to help us establish a broader community partnership between the Minnesota Center for Eating Disorders Research and The Emily Program clients, caregivers, and treatment providers. Drs. Scott Crow, Kelly Berg, and Emily Pisetsky will be joining our July Recovery Night and some July Family & Friends Support Groups to introduce a new series of events that will be offered quarterly at The Emily Program.
The goal of this series is to increase awareness of, and engagement in, eating disorders research as well as to share cutting-edge research findings with clients, caregivers, and treatment providers. Drs. Crow, Berg, and Pisetsky will provide information about the Minnesota Center for Eating Disorders Research and answer questions about their research as well as the field of eating disorder research more broadly. Additionally, attendees will be invited to provide feedback on topics of greatest interest to the community that will guide future meetings.
The Emily Program clients, family members, friends, treatment providers, and staff are invited and encouraged to participate. We look forward to your input and starting this collaboration!
Our 24/7 residential facility in Cleveland is officially open! Our staff have put in many, many months of hard work creating a warm, inviting environment for clients. We are pleased with the outcome and believe The Emily Program – Residential will provide clients with the resources, treatment, and space to begin to heal.