Wall of Awesome February 2015

This past month’s “Wall of Awesome: Who’s Your Helping Hand?” was 100% imagined, designed, and created by the adolescent unit!  Here are some of the patient’s helping hands: (The name “Wall of Awesome” was chosen by patients who were inspired by Kid President, an inspiring YouTube star who believes that “the world needs more awesome!”. …

My Experience in Center for Change

Author: Jan Checking into Center for Change was the best decision I have ever made. My Eating Disorder had complete control over me. I wanted to want to get better, but there is no way I could have made the commitment to change without the help of the Center. I was able to express my…

A Personal Story by Amy

Author: Amy Gould – High School Senior A great man once said, “That which doesn’t kill me only makes me stronger.” If this statement has any validity, and I believe it does, then that means my eating disorder has been a strengthening agent in my life because it hasn’t terminated me yet. Yes, this paradox…

Letter Of Hope

Hey Ladies, First of all, I’d like to say that I am going to miss each and every one of you so much! You have all been such a great asset to my recovery and helping me be able to conquer and overcome my eating disorders and struggles. Our biggest challenge is to be able…

Wow, Ladies

Author: Julia Wow, ladies- I can’t believe that I’m actually writing one of these! From the moment I stepped through the doors of CFC, discharge seemed surreal; some days I honestly never thought I would make it here (although I was good at hiding my desperation). However, upon walking through those doors, there were a…

When Difficulties Arise…

Author: Gina Maria Paulina Difficulties arise in the lives of us all. What is most important is dealing with the hard times, coping with the changes, and getting through to the other side where the sun is shining just for you. It takes a strong person to deal with the tough times and difficult choices….

A Commitment to Change

Author:  Former Patient Change! What does it really mean to me? What makes me want to change, and why? Is it permanent? These are a few of the questions that I have been asking myself. I believe that the bottom line is: “Do I want to change?” The answer is YES! If I want to…

My Experience At Center For Change

By: Jan Birchell – Former Client Checking into Center for Change was the best decision I have ever made. My Eating Disorder had complete control over me. I wanted to want to get better, but there is no way I could have made the commitment to change without the help of the Center. I was…

My Experience In Center For Change

By: A Personal Story by Amy Gould – High School Senior A great man once said, “That which doesn’t kill me only makes me stronger.” If this statement has any validity, and I believe it does, then that means my eating disorder has been a strengthening agent in my life because it hasn’t terminated me…

A Commitment to Change

Author: Former Patient Change! What does it really mean to me? What makes me want to change, and why? Is it permanent? These are a few of the questions that I have been asking myself. I believe that the bottom line is: “Do I want to change?” The answer is YES! If I want to…

My Experience at Center for Change

Author: Denise My experience at the Center for Change has been the most valuable experience of my life; it’s almost indescribable. I came in with little expectation of recovery. I felt hopeless, scared, and incapable of ever getting my life back. But now I am leaving in less than a week and I feel confident…

Me Taking a Risk

Author: Allison The following is me taking a risk and stating some very personal things that help me. Some things are Christian-based and not meant to offend, but rather share the things that are closest to my heart versus me putting on a facade and conforming to what I perceive acceptable. “The greatest reason for…

Letter of Hope

Author: Former Client “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous’? Actually, who are you not to be?…. When we let…

It’s Been a Long Road

Author: Rachel It’s been a long road. A long, bumpy, torn up road, but I’ve made it. I have made it through the darkness and through the tunnel of despair. I am now ready to step out into the sunlight where I can see others, and most importantly, where I can see me. I can’t…

It’s Been Hell to go Through

Author: Allison It’s been hell to go through. I know – I have been there. Everyone would say to me that I am hopeless and I am lost, confused and mislead. I have felt that way and so have each of you a thousand times over again. Now is the time to prove them wrong…

How I Fought My Battle with Bulimia

Author: Karolee I was fighting a losing battle. My army reserves were depleted and I was contemplating surrendering and accepting failure. I was exhausted from the uphill struggle and I continually found myself in a dark room with no known exit or source of light. My ever-weakening body clung on to the last whisps of…

Do You Want to Live?

Author: Former Patient San Diego, California — Think for a moment…do you truly want to live? This question can be very difficult for a person with an eating disorder to answer. Their self-hatred is so intense that they would rather die than gain weight. I know… I am anorexic. I am one of them. For…

Dedicated to the Past

Author: Jenny Dedicated to the past, present and future girls at Center for Change – You can make it through the darkness. You are all beautiful and inspirational. Believe it. I send my love to every one of you who reads this. Stand with me I’m the dead leaves of a weeping willow An orchid…

Dearest Women and Young Women

Author: Jenn Smith I want you to know that I believe in you and your great strength. I believe in your recovery and your ability to recover. We have been given a great deal of trials to overcome. We have been given such trials because of our ability to overcome and be triumphant. I hope…

Dear Girls

Author: Mackenzie Seven months ago, I never would have guessed that leaving the Center for Change would be so difficult. All I could think about was the food on my plate, the weight I had to gain, and how miserable I was. I remember calling my parents about 3 weeks into my stay, crying about…

Darling CFCers

Author: Jane Darling CFCers, awesome techaroos, and fabulous staffers, too: I can’t describe to you how excited I am to discharge from Center for Change – not because I can’t wait to leave, because this has become one of my favorite places, but because after trying to utilize the opportunities given to me here I…

When Difficulties Arise…”Hang In There”

By: Gina Marie Paulina – Soon to be: Gina Marie Andrews Difficulties arise in the lives of us all. What is most important is dealing with the hard times, coping with the changes, and getting through to the other side where the sun is shining just for you. It takes a strong person to deal…

Letter Of Hope

By: a 19-Year-Old I have spent countless days and nights sitting on the sidelines and living as my own worst enemy. For five years I lived as a hollow beaten shell of myself. I was ruled by the tyranny in my mind. I hated myself; I despised who I saw in the mirror, and I…

Letter Of Hope

By: a 26-Year-Old I would like to write a letter of hope to all you wonderful women sitting before me. I would like to just tell you how wonderful of a place the Center Of Change is. The Center is a very special place filled with spirituality, caring, compassion, support, and most of all love….

Letter Of Hope

By: Erin Marcoe Being in the Center for Change has changed my life forever! I now know who I really am and I have realized that who I am is wonderful, a sweet little girl that I no longer need to starve, put down or be cruel to. I also want to ask you all…