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Camille J., Renfrew Alumna Embracing Recovery for Myself May 25, 2020

My eating disorder started when I was fifteen years old. I had struggled with my weight, body-image, depression, and anxiety for as long as I could remember – it felt like I was born with something "wrong" with...

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Susan Kleinman, MA, BC-DMT, NCC, CEDS-S, Creative Arts Therapy Supervisor and Dance/Movement Therapist for The Renfrew Center of Florida Inspiring Discovery May 18, 2020

Our way of living in our body plays an important role in opening ourselves to the wonder of creativity and the innate assets that live within us. In welcoming our eyes, hearts and awareness into our "mind's eye...

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Shay Melia, Renfrew Alumna Umbrellas May 11, 2020

This year marks twelve years since I was admitted to The Renfrew Center of Philadelphia. At the time, I was fairly hopeless and thought I would have to accept suffering with symptoms of an eating disorder for t...

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Amber B., Renfrew Alumna Nurture Your Soul May 04, 2020

Your inner child is reaching from the root of your soul. Allow her to hold you. Say "yes" to her, she wants you to heal. She is patiently waiting for you to show yourself compassion and love. Amber'...

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Savannah Fernandez, M.S., The Renfrew Center of Baltimore How to Get a Bikini Body? Put a Body in a Bikini. April 27, 2020

As winter fades away and the warmth of sunny spring is on the rise, the classic craze and conversation about getting "bikini body ready," is ever-present. You experience it almost anywhere: social media, televi...

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Erin Birely, LCPC, Team Leader of the Renfrew Center of Baltimore and Alumni Coordinator Spring Cleaning Your Life April 20, 2020

This time of year, we're all getting ready to channel our inner Marie Kondo and get started on spring cleaning and organizing. But when is the last time you stopped to think about spring cleaning your life, an...

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Meghan Brown, LMHC, NCC, Admissions Team Leader at The Renfrew Center of Massachusetts The Uncertainty of Transition April 13, 2020

Artwork by Kristel G., patient of The Renfrew Center "A depiction of what control looks like for me amid the COVID19 pandemic. After identifying the things I could do for my own mental and physical health as w...

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Jaclynn Cosan, PsyD, Team Leader at The Renfrew Center of Pittsburgh Recovery and Pandemic Stress April 06, 2020

With the spread of Coronavirus in the United States, our lives are changing in ways we never anticipated. If you are feeling scared, uncertain, frustrated, or even panicked, those emotions make sense. It's natu...

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Liz Marino, RD, LD, CSSD, Regional Nutrition Manager for The Renfrew Center Reassessing Your Values During Lent March 30, 2020

As a non-denominational treatment facility, Renfrew's mission is to provide a safe and healing community for women from all backgrounds. This reflects our commitment to Christian girls and women who, together w...

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Jenna W., Renfrew Alumna Voice of Recovery: Jenna W. March 23, 2020

When I was fIrst asked to wrIte thIs artIcle, I immedIately thought, "Why me?" I began to reminisce on my time at Renfrew, and even before. I started to see a trend of "Why me?" Why do I have to struggle with a...

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Jillian Mergruen, RD, CDN, Registered Dietitian at The Renfrew Center of New York Weight Fluctuations: Do They Mean I'm Doing Something Wrong? March 16, 2020

Your weight fluctuates down two pounds one day, and then for some reason you see your weight a little later that week and it went up three pounds, and the world stops. "Is this because of the cookie I ate? Or t...

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Caroline K., Renfrew Alumna A Commitment to Myself March 09, 2020

I admitted myself into treatment at The Renfrew Center of Radnor in July, and at the time I am writing this, it is the end of December. I began treatment voluntarily, but ambivalently. I lived more of my life w...

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Megan O., Renfrew Alumna Reasons Why March 02, 2020

Reasons why I DON'T want to change: My eating disorder has become a feeling of security for me, it's where I feel comfortable. It makes me feel like I have control over something and it's predictable. My eati...

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Rebecca Alcosser, RD, at The Renfrew Center of New York Honoring Your Cravings February 17, 2020

I love talking about cravings because I think they are such an important way to honor our body's needs. Cravings can be your body's way of directly asking for what it needs. For example, when you crave an orang...

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Kaitlin Burns, Primary Therapist at The Renfrew Center of Bethesda Focus on Yourself this Valentine's Day February 10, 2020

Valentine's Day is a major commercial holiday in this country that urges us to show our loved ones how much we care about them by buying them a box of chocolates or some nice jewelry. But what if, this Valentin...

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Gabriella M., Renfrew Alumna Window to Self February 03, 2020

The window to myself is arched, much like those in a church. My faith is foundational, representative of my values of family, love, and justice. My window is set in stone–strong, resilient, confident, poised, c...

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Taylor Padawer, MS, LAMFT, Admissions Coordinator and Utilization Review Coordinator at The Renfrew Center of Georgia Hope Moving Forward January 27, 2020

This time of year is tricky: a new semester, almost two months into a new calendar, and a colder climate. At this point in time, if we've set goals or resolutions for the new year, some of us are starting to f...

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Alexa K., Renfrew Alumna Voice of Recovery: Alexa K. January 20, 2020

It's hard to point to the exact moment I developed this illness; often, it seems like it has always been there. I recall my sixth birthday and the presence of the voice inside my head telling me that I did not ...

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Janet Negrini, LCSW, Site Director at The Renfrew Center of Northern New Jersey The Resolution ARC: Staying Recovery Focused in the New Year January 13, 2020

For many, the idea of a new year brings with it the idea of making resolutions. Staying recovery focused during this time can be difficult as we are bombarded with talk of making resolutions that center around...

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Erin F., Renfrew Alumna Beautifully Broken January 07, 2020

One day. It'll come out, there's beauty in being broken. Erin's artwork is featured in The Renfrew Center Foundation's 2020 Art Calendar. Each piece of artwork in this calendar was selected because it co...

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