Holidays and Caregiving – by, Becky Henry, CPCC

Holidays and Caregiving – by, Becky Henry, CPCC

How do we support a loved one in eating disorder recovery when a holiday is as focused on food as some traditional Thanksgiving celebrations have become? Previously, I have offered up the possibility of simply skipping a holiday that makes being in treatment for an...

read more
Belonging – by, Becky Henry, CPCC

Belonging – by, Becky Henry, CPCC

Seeing the Palm Springs community come together to support and celebrate LGBTQ folks makes me smile. What a life saving and life giving gift Pride Celebrations have become to rally around and show support for the folks who’ve been marginalized for so long. What...

read more
Living with; The Good and the Bad – by, Becky Henry, CPCC

Living with; The Good and the Bad – by, Becky Henry, CPCC

Many parents or other family caregivers will tell me that they feel badly because they feel frustration, bitterness, resentment and sometimes anger along with the massive sadness, fear, worry and compassion for their loved one with an eating disorder. It can be tricky...

read more
Comorbidities – by Intern Anna

Comorbidities – by Intern Anna

One of the most difficult things about battling with my eating disorder was also dealing with the other mental health problems I had on top of it. Comorbidity means that an individual is dealing with two or more physical/mental illnesses at the same time (NEDC, n.d.)....

read more
Parental Guide to ED, by Summer Intern Anna

Parental Guide to ED, by Summer Intern Anna

Navigating an eating disorder through the role of a caregiver can be quite difficult. You may feel as though you don’t know what to say to your child or that you tend to get into arguments when you bring up certain topics. This blog post will be about things my...

read more
How to Define Recovery – Edward P. Tyson, MD

How to Define Recovery – Edward P. Tyson, MD

If you read my newsletter last week, you won't be surprised that this weekend is a bit wild and we're in the process of selling our house here in Minnesota. So, I'm re-sharing Dr. Ed Tyson's definition of recovery as I've been getting more questions about what...

read more
Cup Half Empty or Half Full? by, Becky Henry, CPCC

Cup Half Empty or Half Full? by, Becky Henry, CPCC

Looking on the sunny side of life and seeing my cup as half-full has fortunately mostly been in my nature. But when I’m stretched to my limits in too many areas, even the smallest things can feel overwhelming. You know, the proverbial straw that breaks the camel’s...

read more
Social Media Can Be the Thief of Joy – by, Intern Anna

Social Media Can Be the Thief of Joy – by, Intern Anna

Due to the shame and secrecy with eating disorders and the fact that parents are not attached at the hip to their kids, it is often very well into the illness that parents become aware that detrimental social media behavior is occurring. The vast majority of parents...

read more
Self Soothing Techniques, by Intern Anna 

Self Soothing Techniques, by Intern Anna 

Today’s blog post is brought to us by my summer intern Anna. She shares her insights on how both a person in recovery and their family members can soothe ourselves during the many moments of distress. ~ Becky Henry, CPCC Self Soothing Techniques, by Intern Anna ...

read more
Reducing Suffering this Mother’s Day- by, Becky Henry, CPCC

Reducing Suffering this Mother’s Day- by, Becky Henry, CPCC

Big hugs to you on this day that can be such a mixed bag. It makes me think of the metaphorical boxes we put ourselves in.  What boxes do we put ourselves into you ask? Victim? Rescuer? Caregiver? The Problem? The Solution? Bad/Good Parent?  As I’ve been wrapping...

read more
Allowing Relief as Caregivers – by, Becky Henry, CPCC

Allowing Relief as Caregivers – by, Becky Henry, CPCC

Relief can be tenuous, fleeting, temporary, short lived. For family caregivers, the relief of a loved one’s progress alongside the reality of the dangers and problems that still exist can quickly take away the joy of the moment of relief and switch one back to fear. ...

read more
Imperfect Caregiving, by Becky Henry, CPCC

Imperfect Caregiving, by Becky Henry, CPCC

The title for this could also have been;  “Separating your Child From the Eating Disorder and Not Doing it Perfectly” “Perfection, Vulnerability and Shame, Oh My!” “Parenting our ‘Other”Children During a Child’s Eating Disorder” “Making Mistakes while Parenting a...

read more
Why Joy, by Becky Henry, CPCC

Why Joy, by Becky Henry, CPCC

Until I became a parent trying desperately to get my child the help needed to survive a life threatening eating disorder, I had no concept of what real sorrow and pain are. Many of you have heard me speak and know my story of not being listened to by so many health...

read more