Dear friends, family, and supporters,
Three years ago today I left everything I knew about life and independence to spend 6 weeks in an eating disorder treatment facility for women. I was scared, nervous, and quite frankly, embarrassed.
I was also ready and determined for change in my life.
I chose a residential facility because I needed to focus on myself without distractions of work or society along with the 24-hr support of trusted professionals. I worked closely with therapists, counselors, and registered dietitians to find balance in my life and learned the tools I needed to manage my eating disorder.
I understand now it is my privilege to have suffered with this disorder, struggled to find help, and had the strength to make a change for myself. I now am educated on this disease and understand what it takes to find, accept, and work for the help that is needed to recover. Without going through this personal struggle I would not have understood the need in our area for education, advocacy, and support for those that struggle with eating disorders and mental illness in general.
I founded A Place of Healing in the hopes to educate the Tri-Cities area, on eating disorders and support those that are suffering by helping them find their next step in recovery.
If you are ready for education, support, and recovery, please visit our resource center. We are here for you. You do not have to be suffering from an eating disorder to want to understand the disease or to help a friend. If you would like to be a part of our cause for advocacy, please contact us through our website or make a donation through our website.
A special “thank you” to my board members, Mindee, Maurice, Laura, Monique, and Dana who were inspired by my story and also felt the need in our area to help others. I am truly blessed to have you on my side!
I am looking forward to another day, week, year, lifetime in recovery!
Laryn Hurley, founder A Place of Healing