Inspiration and Success Stories

  • Maria's Worlds

    or Maria's closing ceremony, she created some very special works of art, including two basketballs that represent her worlds before and after treatment

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    Having Faith: A Mirasol Client Video Testimonial

    A brilliant young ballerina struggles with an eating disorder, and finds her way to recovery through strong friendship and her passion for dance.

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    What Does Recovery Look Like?

    Healing is not as easy as taking a pill or going through a corrective surgery. Eating disorder recovery has a more complex definition because recovery isn't an event; it's a process.

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    Eat for Happiness: Five Tips

    Our brains control how we feel, whether we're feeling depressed or feeling joy! Are we learning to regulate our feelings by simply popping a pill? Yes, with a pill, we'll feel better quickly but I believe in taking a more holistic and longer lasting approach.

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    Declaring Independence from Your Eating Disorder

    If you are suffering, please do not retreat and give up your rights to freedom and independence. Reach out for help now. What would living in freedom mean to you?

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    Shame is Not Just a Five-Letter Word

    One of the hardest paths in the journey of recovery and living a wholehearted life is retraining our negative thinking, showing ourselves the compassion that we are worthy and that we do deserve recovery. A major part of this process is learning how to embrace shame, guilt, fear, vulnerability, and worthiness.

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    Friends Don't Let Friends Fat-Talk!

    Emphasizing a ban on criticizing both one's own body and the bodies of others, this year's slogan for national Fat Talk Free Week was, "Friends don't let friends fat talk!" It's a simple, straight-forward message, applicable even for the youngest of people.

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    Having Faith: A Mirasol Client Video Testimonial

    A recent alumnus of Mirasol's teen eating disorder program speaks frankly about her initial concerns, and how she overcame her fears and learned to trust her therapist, her fellow clients, her family and herself.

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    The Helicopter Story

    The Helicopter Story is by far the most accurate and provoking explanation I've ever read of the causes of an eating disorder.

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    Inspirations Quotes and Love

    Inspirational quotes come through your Twitter and Facebook pages on a regular basis, even if you are not looking for them. You can use them, not just for a momentary glimpse into a different way of thinking, but as a practical way to get back into recovery mode.

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    It's Never Too Late

    Let's never forget that there is plenty of time for all of us to make our dreams come true!

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    "Kick Your Eating Disorder's Butt!"

    We have just received an incredible letter from a 15-year-old describing her descent into anorexia, and her recovery at Mirasol. This very courageous young woman and her family have generously allowed us to reprint her letter in the hope that it will inspire other struggling teens to "Kick Your Eating Disorder's Butt".

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    Love and Recovery

    The approach of Valentine's Day reminded me of the importance of love in recovery from an eating disorder or any other addiction.

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    May You Rise

    Maya Angelou hrose out of a dark beginning to represent women, blacks, and others who feel marginalized in any way.

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    Jenn's Story: Learning to Put Recovery First

    Jenn recovered from anorexia and PTSD by learning to put recovery first

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    Regaining a Life

    Letters such as this one from a former client are an inspiration to both staff and clients at Mirasol.

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    A Special Thanksgiving

    Mirasol clients serve breakfast Thanksgiving breakfast at a homeless shelter.

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    Tori's Story

    On her last day in treatment at Mirasol's teen residence, Tori reflects on her experience at Mirasol, including a brief stay at another eating disorder treatment facility.

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