Today was my first day back as a full-time student since medically withdrawing in March of last year to go to the Ranch. I am so grateful to Rosewood and everyone I met through this journey who has helped me get my life back together. Taking that time off to treat my eating disorder was absolutely necessary and one of the best things I’ve ever done, and I feel like today I proved to myself it was all worth it. I wasn’t truly moving forward in life when I was sick… Sure, I was going to class, but I was too deep in my disorder to get much out of it. Now, I am back as a stronger, healthier, and more insightful person this article. I’m not perfect, but I don’t have to be. I’m taking 15 credit hours this semester, which is the most I’ve ever taken, so I know it will be tough and stressful at times. But I also know that I have people I can go to for support if and when I need it, and tools I can use to help myself. I will not let shame or fear of failure stop me from reaching out if I do find that I am struggling again (I’m not invincible, and that’s okay). For now, though, I will take life one day at a time. I’ve put in a lot of good work to get to this point, and I’m proud of that. And, as always, very grateful and blessed.
Rosewood Centers for Eating Disorders