Andrea died before we gained many of the insights contained in this web site, a mere 13 months after her first bulimic behavior. We are completely aware that even if we had known then what we know now, the outcome may still have been the same...yet
...we have met far too many past-sufferers who have shared with us their stories of complete recovery to doubt that your child can heal. Although there is always room for improvement, treatment protocols are better than they were during Andrea's illness.
We pray that our family's journey through pain, growth, learning, and enlightenment will help you become better informed and aware of the very real healing potential for your child ... for your entire family. It is possible to survive and thrive through the challenges of an eating disorder!
Read under and between lines
The Journey is never so clear as the Destination
And the telling is more confusing still.
--Andrea Smeltzer, 19 (the last stanza in an 8 stanza poem)
May God bless you and guide you.