One year ago today, I walked through the doors of Rosewood. I had bariatric surgery 2 years ago and it went very wrong. I had multiple surgeries and complications for a long time after. And after some time, I realized it was more than just my medical issues, I had an eating disorder. I called and told my parents they needed to take me to Rosewood Ranch to address my ED. Once I got there, I was in such denial of having an eating disorder, and that it was all my medical issues. Even some of the amazing people I was there with could tell you that. But then something changed, I changed. I saw me again because that nourishment and all the therapy, and the people (especially the people.) brought me back, made me see clear. I achieved things I never thought I could.
Rosewood was the best thing I’ve ever done for myself. This is the first time I’ve had a job in 3 years, and now I am a transition facilitator (kind of like a mentor) for adolescents who have mental illnesses, and I get to work with some with eating disorders as well. Before I went to Rosewood, I barely left my bed for 2 years straight. I was practically dead and now I’m completely alive!!! Today is my one year in recovery, my 1 year free of opiate abuse. About 11 1/2 months restriction free, 6 months cigarette free. I still struggle sometimes, but that’s part of this amazing journey. I’m so grateful to everyone at Rosewood! Thank you so, so much! And thank you to all of you in this group for being a support.