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Finding Support in a Virtual Community

By: Joelle L., Renfrew Alumna

Posted on July 13, 2020

I have been struggling with an eating disorder since I was about 12 years old. I remember having bad thoughts about my body, my self esteem, and my overall wellbeing for as long as I can remember. My parents never believed I had an eating disorder or mental health issues, even until this day, and that really affects me in my day-to-day life.

Over the past few years, I have experienced a lot of loss of significant others, and that spiked up my eating disorder again really badly. I felt like I had reached an all-time low and didn't know what to do; however, I knew I still needed to work to make ends meet.

So, when The Renfrew Center went virtual, I was super excited. I love all the groups, the clients, dietitians, and the therapists. They make me feel safe, warm, welcome, and most importantly, validated. I feel like my life has started to change because of Renfrew. I feel like I have gained more independence and self confidence, even though some days are better than others. I know I have a hard time sometimes, but I realize I need to stay strong and most importantly - put myself first!

Finally, with the independence of having my own place, and the support and utmost help from my fiancé, things are going okay. He loves the support and warm environment at Renfrew as well, and how he is included in the treatment process!

Joelle is an alumna of The Renfrew Center of White Plains, NY. She is currently living in Patchogue, NY, and is a manager at Burger King and learning her way up through the business each and every day. She has a fiancé and a little cute doggie named Renfrew Buddy, in honor of first receiving treatment for her eating disorder at The Renfrew Center. She also loves hanging out with her friends, co-workers, and driving her car in her spare time. She is forever grateful for them and those little pleasures!

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