From Executive Director Dirk Miller, PhD, LP:
A few days ago, while walking through the upstairs waiting room at our St. Paul office, I was stopped by the father of a client. His daughter and the entire family came all the way to The Emily Program from overseas—a major commitment on everyone’s part.
He wanted to tell me how dramatically his perspective had changed. For a long time, he said, “I thought this is a little problem that we can take care of.”
But eating disorders aren’t little, easy-to-fix problems. I imagine the growing panic the family must have felt as their daughter progressed deeper and deeper into her disorder, while they were thousands of miles away from the resources they needed.
The dad admitted that he had underestimated the power of eating disorders, but now, thanks to The Emily Program, he understood their danger and stubbornness. And, while witnessing his daughter’s progress, he also understands better about hope for recovery.
For my part, I don’t think it’s ever wise to underestimate the power of an eating disorder. And it’s never wise to underestimate the power of hope and healing, either. It’s always good to be reminded of those important truths.