Making The Ultimate Decision: Life
Tell us your story.
It's fascinating that while I didn't start out with a
conscious decision to starve myself and develop an eating
disorder, that's exactly what it took to turn back towards
life again and begin my slow journey back towards my true
I came to Children's Hospital in early May of 2004.
Hearing the door of the Inpatient Psychiatric Unit (IPU) shut
so resolutely and with such finality was the last sound I
wanted to experience. I anticipated a long process of being
forced to gain weight and face the problems that were
ultimately the root of my anorexia. It certainly was a
painful and arduous journey, but with it came blessings. I
formed relationships that continue to aid me in my quest for
life and taught me the value of a setting so adept at
Time would find me back in Children's twice more - once
for a second experience in the IPU and once for a medical
stabilization before making the hard but life-changing
decision to come to Utah for a residential program. Spending
five long months at the Center for Change in Orem, UT
provided me that next stepping stone, that next big boost up
out of my hole. September of 2005 came and I found myself
back at my high school in Kent, WA for my senior year. I went
to prom, experienced my first relationship, graduated on
time, and perhaps even more important, had the opportunity to
give back to a place that had effected my life so very much -
Having received blankets and other small comforts while
staying inpatient, I knew the smiles and appreciations for
these gestures were immense. It was at this point that I set
myself up to the task of raising $5,000 to bring 250 teddy
bears to the kids staying in the hospital over the holiday
season. I was fortunate enough to form a partnership with a
wonderful woman, Jamie Barney, who worked with a mobile teddy
bear extravaganza known as Bear Your Heart. It was on New
Years Eve morning that we stepped into the playroom at
Children's with large gift bags.
What does Children's mean to you, your child and your family?
Children's represents a safe haven in which a child and
family can gain strength and hope. It's a place that provides
the most advanced care - both medically and emotionally.
These experiences and memories never leave your heart.