"I don’t think I realized how much I was being bound by my eating disorder. I find that every day it gets easier and easier to tell/ask people what I need, want and how I am feeling. I definitely have my ups and downs (more ups though) but at least I now know it’s okay for life to vary a bit. Every day I make a conscious effort to be more assertive, set boundaries, and practice things I’ve learned, like saying no and asking for things I want. I know that if I don’t it will only make things worse for myself, and why would I want to punish myself? I love that I’ve found more of my voice; it makes life so much easier. I’m so glad that I went through the program because I know I would not be loving and enjoying life as much as I am if I hadn’t done it."
"I remember when I left that you said you love hearing from us and I just wanted to say hello and that I actually do miss treatment! It was one of those things where you don't want to go at first, but it changes your life, and you realize how much you actually loved it!”
“I suppose the best way to put it is that I am experiencing. I am experiencing life. Love. Joy. The flavor profiles of food. Success in work, school, relationships. I am experiencing the beautiful complexity that is my body, and the world around me. I am experiencing the feeling of flying down the street on my bicycle, wind blowing through my (helmet covered!) hair, feeling my muscles propel me onward. I am experiencing what it means to be a woman. Exploring my options. Being open to possibilities I never planned for. Taking care of, and getting to know, my body. Having meaningful and authentic conversations and relationships.”
“Again, I want to personally thank you and the staff for saving my life. I am a better person today because I was able to accept the fact that I am not perfect. Take care, and please know that your organization does make a huge difference in people's lives, I am living proof.”
“I can appreciate how much more I am able to relax and enjoy fully thanks to the help I received from all of you there.”
"If your clients ask, you can tell them that I didn't believe you guys either when you said that recovery was possible. It turns out it is. (Imagine that.) And it's worth it, too: my worst day in recovery is a lot more fun and joyful than my best day in my eating disorder. Recovery is way better than anything I imagined while I was sick.”
“I'm thriving and loving life. My journey hasn't been without its share of mistakes, but I'm learning to embrace mistakes rather than to expect myself to be perfect. What a freeing difference!”
“So I am doing good with my food, no desires to starve myself, am realizing, and embracing my age and my worth, as well as my life. Hard to believe I was in Portland for 3 months, but so glad you all were there to help me through that rocky time of my life.”
“I've realized that I don't have to be perfect to have the people I love, love me. I've learned that we don't love people because they are perfect we love them despite it. And yes this does also apply to me too.”
“I have not been this happy in such a long time. Without the help that I received from you and the rest of the staff, I do not think that I would have been able to overcome this eating disorder. I understand that I have a long road of recovery ahead of me, but I finally feel that I am making a lot of progress.”
“Long time no see, and in this case, we can say that is a very good sign (haha). My one year anniversary of printing my hand on the fine wall of St. Vs is coming up, and thus I thought I would update you and the staff about my life and how I am doing. Well... I am doing GREAT!”
"…most folks hide it pretty well. I know I did. I had the cover of 'I’m a guy, EDs effect women, not men' Both you and I know that is a huge fallacy. The talk was invigorating and I think it fits in nicely with where I am at in Recovery. I brought up the PSV program, how long I was there, and why it was the most substantial step in beginning my recovery, because to this day I believe the thing that really set me going in the right direction was you and the program."
"This has just been such a great journey, and I really have you and everyone at the program to thank for it. I can't tell you how much it means to me. I never thought my life could look like this. Thank you sooo much!!!"
“I'm thankful for the help of my doctors and the staff there at St. V's. You have amazing people. I'm glad that I finally gave up control and allowed your program to help me. Life is beautiful."
"I wanted to just take a moment to thank you and the rest of the staff, again, for the work that you do. I am still amazed at how disfigured and distorted my whole self had become. And now, I'm not just refurbished but I am the upgraded version of my true self :) I'm excited about my life and the successes that I am experiencing. You all are a big part of that. I hope that you know how appreciated you are, and the profound impact that you have had on the lives of others, particularly mine."