Today’s episode of The Doctors will feature Remuda Ranch Clinical Director, Mike Gurr, discussing the follow up story of a prior patient, Michelle, who was with us for 90 days.
Netflix recently released a trailer for To The Bone: a soon-to-be-released movie about a teenage girl with anorexia. The roughly two-minute and thirty-second trailer has prompted hours and hours of conversation on social media about the complex double bind that often results from depicting eating disorder behaviors in the media. While films like To The Bone can raise much-needed awareness about these often misunderstood illnesses, they can also potentially trigger relapse in those who are in recovery from an eating disorder and inspire those who are “on the brink” to engage in dangerous eating behaviors.
By Michelle Wells, Remuda Ranch Alumna
It didn’t take long for Remuda Ranch to become my home and her residents my family, but my stay there was temporary. I knew that from the moment I arrived. Though letters from family and phone calls from home were comforting and something that I looked forward to, they were also a reminder that life beyond the ranch was going on without me.
By Elisabeth Stewart, Remuda Ranch Alumna
I look at you, the person I was ten years ago, about to leave the deserts of Arizona and return to life, a life that seemed terrifying and uncertain and exciting all at the same time. I know you are hopeful and nervous and scared all at the same time. I know you are asking, “Who am I apart from my eating disorder? What do I actually enjoy? What do I actually enjoy doing rather than doing something because ED tells you to? What is it like to live fully without ED screaming in my ear every second?”
By Margo, Remuda Ranch Alumna
Note: This is a letter I wrote to myself when I was still at Remuda Ranch, and I've revised it a bit. I still struggle quite a bit in my eating disorder, but every day, I strive to win those small goals. And if I don't, I try again.
By Lindsay Merrell, Therapist, Remuda Ranch at The Meadows
Since the years of my internship, working with patients facing suicidal thoughts has been concerning, challenging, and inspiring. Individuals struggling with such hopelessness come to professionals in desperate need of relief from what is starting to feel like an inevitable outcome. Our responsibility as professionals is to be persistently and empathically interested in the individual’s struggle. Our curiosity gives them the courage to look at the very pain they fear.
I am the 62 old you writing to encourage and give you the hope that you desperately need. I know your pain. You believe incorrectly that after purging every day for 25 years and now starving yourself that your life is hopeless - I know what you are praying for – A normal life - Not that you know what that is but you would sure like to have it. I am here to tell you that your life ahead will not be normal. It will be so much better than that. It will be amazing.
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