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'My First Renfrew Reunion!' - 2016 Reunion Testimonial

By: Chelsey R., Renfrew Alumna

Posted on April 16, 2018

My first Renfrew Reunion is one for the books. The day started off with a light breakfast, catching up with the staff and introducing ourselves to the group. Many of these women traveled many hours to attend this wonderful event, including myself. It was amazing to see new and familiar faces and hear how recovery has changed their lives.

Following introductions, Melanie Smith and I shared the stage together. I spoke about my recovery and the new, enjoyable life I have without my eating disorder. Melanie then shared information about Renfrew's new unified treatment program and how effectively it's working in the recovery of the patients. "Leaning In" to uncomfortable emotions and situations is really how we defeat this disorder.

After sharing my recovery story, we then split off into the workshops where I was accompanied by my three best friends. Together we went to the 'Relationships in Recovery' group. I loved having them with me to share their experience of seeing a loved one go through an eating disorder. We opened up and shared about various topics. They were able to understand the thought process of those struggling with an eating disorder and how friendships/relationships influence recovery. Other groups offered throughout the day included Dance Movement Therapy, Advanced Recovery, Art Therapy, and many more!

We made new friends and reconnected with old friends. Each woman's story was beautiful. Their strength and perseverance it takes to battle an eating disorder was empowering.

It was nice to be back at Renfrew on the other side of my eating disorder. The experience of being able to share it with my best friends was a moment I won't soon forget. We all left with a new perspective and a little gift from the staff. It couldn't have been a better day!

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