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November 15, 2013


Review from Guidestar
November 15, 2013

Last year, much to our horror, my husband and I determined that our 13-year-old daughter had succumbed to an eating disorder prior to the start of 8th grade. She had started to see treatment professionals, but in two months she had gotten worse rather than better. In need of other approaches and providers that would be in-plan for our insurance, I began to research other options. Finding the Website for the Eating Disorders Resource Center made all the difference. I combed through the site, using the directory of treatment professionals. Founder Janis Bremis, program director Kira Olson, and support group facilitator Debra Schlesinger shared their expertise with me on the phone in long consultations. When I attended the Friends and Family support group in Mt. View, Debra provided even more valuable information in the form of an eating disorder treatment handbook. Armed with the knowledge and guidance provided by EDRC, I was able to move forward with confidence and get my daughter into the LPCH Eating Disorders outpatient program. While she remains in treatment as she continues to deal with the psychological aspects of her disorder, she has maintained a stable healthy weight for six months. She is in a much better place than she was a year ago, but knowing that eating disorders can be tenacious foes, we aren't yet completely out of the woods. I am grateful to EDRC for the support they provided to my family at a time of crisis and it gives me solace knowing that they continue to be a resource as my daughter works to overcome this debilitating condition.

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My impression is that this organization operates on a shoestring, yet they were able to provide me with a lot of support. I would like to see them be better funded so that they could have a wider reach. Much of the services they are able to provide are in the South Bay/San Jose area. I wish there was more available mid-penisula. I also wish there was more available for teenager girls, perhaps programming that would debunk unrealistic media portrayals of girls and woman.

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