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Connections Spring 2020

By: Erin Birely, LCPC, Team Leader of the Renfrew Center of Baltimore and Alumni Services Coordinator

Posted on June 08, 2020

The traditional gift for a 35th anniversary is coral.

It represents patience, vibrancy, healing, and defense. Similarly, each of these characteristics play a powerful role in eating disorder treatment and recovery.

Patience is a virtue, and this phrase may have a stronger significance as you progress in your recovery. The recovery journey is commonly a lengthy and ongoing process, so patience with yourself and with others becomes increasingly valuable. Your family and friends may not understand what treatment is like for you—expressing patience with others allows you to create a network of authentic supporters who will not only be there for you now, but also in the future.The same is true for having patience with yourself... granting yourself the grace to make mistakes and determine what you need is important to maintain recovery moving forward.

Vibrancy is often not a word used to describe life with an eating disorder—however, as you work in treatment and on your recovery, the world can become a more beautiful and vivid place to be.While it can be uncomfortable to let go of the black and white thinking that is commonly associated with an eating disorder, the in-between grey area allows for so many more vibrant colors to shine through.

Healing is our main goal at The Renfrew Center—healing the body, the mind and relationships. Additionally, Renfrew provides you with the essential tools needed to defend against avoidance and emotional intolerance as expected challenges arise in your journey.

In this special anniversary issue of Connections, you will find courageous stories from Renfrew alumni, exciting updates and articles from our staff to help you feel confident and secure in your recovery!

Connections is Renfrew's alumni newsletter. Published twice a year, Connections highlights alumni recovery stories, upcoming events, tips and tools to stay in recovery and much more. To read the Spring 2020 issue of Connections, please click here.


Erin Birely, LCPC, started working as the Team Leader of The Renfrew Center of Baltimore in September 2016 and joined the Alumni Services Team in 2019 as the Alumni Services Coordinator. Prior to Renfrew, Erin worked in private practice as well as inpatient, partial, and intensive outpatient levels of care. Erin has worked in the field of eating disorder treatment since receiving her Master's degree in 2012. She enjoys working with people to make positive and long lasting changes in life through therapy and building their emotional tolerance.

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