September 27, 2007 Jeanne Rust

It's Never Too Late

I had an interesting e-mail from a woman last week who was 51 years old and was wondering if it was too late to get into recovery!! I responded immediately and told her that it's never, ever too late to become a whole, thriving, creative woman. The eating disordered behaviors are merely the tip of the iceberg. They are simply representative of the stress and illness that is going on underneath. I was personally 47 years old when I got into recovery for many things, not the least of which was the eating disorder. Wow — I look back and am amazed that I was so lucky! I had become so tired of being sick and tired. I literally became willing to do anything my therapist at that time asked me to do. I made sure that I did something every single day towards my recovery. It took a lot of hard work and a lot of time! I finally figured that I didn't have anything better to do. :o)

After a few years I realized that I needed to spend the rest of my life helping women who were struggling. Again, it's never too late!! My oldest client at Mirasol was a lovely woman was 68 years old, diabetic, overweight, and had high cholesterol and blood pressure (a real typical american!). She admitted to Mirasol and worked right along with all of our younger clients. She was fabulous. She was truly "one of the girls" and made some lifelong friends while in treatment. She eventually was able to become insulin free, have a decrease in blood pressure, and lose some weight so she could attain metabolic health. And she started to write! When the eating behaviors had gone into remission and her physical condition had improved greatly, she had this tremendous burst of creativity and she started to write! She wrote not only her memoirs but also some wonderful short stories.

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