Places are so rare, but I was lucky to be given the option and chose to step onto another path in life other than the one I had trodden before. I think coming to The Haldon was the right move for me. Being such an abnormal weight is dangerous. I’ve even lost a friend in the past because her body could no longer fight. Being here has helped me explore my feelings in a safe place. I have begun to look at more helpful ways of living, alongside restoring my weight – slowly I have become a person again, finding and exploring the real me!
I’m not saying the journey has been easy but being at The Haldon, you have the staff and fellow patients and with them you can get through because they understand you and actually you realise you are not alone. I cannot express the strength of support here and you cannot help becoming a close knit family in a good way! It’s like a garden of bulbs, as time moves on the bulbs shoot, grow and blossom.
I’ve seen people at The Haldon move on in their lives and the strength and determination for getting out of this illness means it is worth the fight. As you read this wondering should I or shouldn’t I, I ask you what really do you have to lose? Because an anorexic life is no life!