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At Park Nicollet Melrose Center, we have been treating and healing eating disorders together with patients and families for more than 25 years. While eating disorders are serious, there is hope. We hope these words from real Melrose Center patients and family members will inspire, inform and give you insight into our personalized treatment plan that is unique for each individual and their family.

"Living life means not being controlled by an eating disorder, and not thinking about food, calories, body image etc. all day, every day. it means being free to hang out with friends, go out to eat, do normal activities, and be joyful. Melrose helped me to see this. Wehn I first entered treatment I never knew what life was life without an eating disorder. Melrose helped me reach a healthy weight and this in turn helped my brain and thoughts to function clearly.

“I felt hopeless when I was going through my eating disorder. It’s not easy, but you can do it. Be aware that many, many people are surrounding you, ready to help. It takes a lot of energy to be sick and you have given up a lot. If you can transfer just a little bit of that energy and take some positive steps, it will take you to the other side. You can recover.”

“Don’t take on too much during your treatment. Keep it simple. Take it one step at a time, one meal at a time and don’t think about the big picture. It was helpful to me to be told that I did not have to be thinking about what was going to happen down the road. The hardest thing for a person with an eating disorder to realize is that they can get better. My recovery is a true example of that.”

“If you’re struggling with an eating disorder right now, please know that there is a wonderful world out there for you – full of color and rich experiences. My husband and I are trying to start a family, I have fantastic friends and great relationships with my family. I feel that I lost many years of my life to an eating disorder, but today my life is wonderful.”

“To anyone who has an eating disorder: recovery is truly possible. When you are sick with an eating disorder, it is so hard to understand that you can recover. I wish that I could give you that gift of knowing your own strength and determination. Believe in yourself, seek support from people and learn how to find out who you are. Having been through this journey – and having survived – I can pretty much set my mind to doing whatever it is I want to do.”

Living Recovery Support Group

4th Tuesday of each month
6:00-7:00 p.m.
Melrose Center – St. Louis Park
Facilitated by Heather Mitchell, M.Div.

Open to all patients, families, friends and anyone looking for recovery inspiration. Come and hear stories and experiences of those who are finding life and meaning in recovery. Be inspired! Be encouraged!

Learn together that recovery is a journey, not a destination. Hope is needed no matter where you are in the journey.