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The Eating Disorder Support Network of Alberta, (EDSNA) is a grass roots organization that was born out of the experiences of an Edmonton area mother and her daughter following the daughter's development of anorexia nervosa.
"In the early days when Caitlin's weight was plummeting, her personality was changing and I was losing my daughter, fear was my constant companion. Watching my daughter struggle with anorexia nervosa was the hardest thing I have ever done. My daughter was literally dying before my eyes. I searched the internet for countless hours looking for help, direction, treatment options and guidance. There was so much information and yet there was nothing that provided specific help.
The sense of helplessness was magnified by the fact the Caitlin was an adult and, as I now know is common with individuals struggling with eating disorders, was refusing medical intervention.
Caitlin eventually accessed treatment by a wonderful team of individuals and thankfully is much healthier now. As a family we have had time to start the healing process both physically and emotionally.
As I began to talk to other families who were affected by eating disorders I found that our story was not unique - the feelings of isolation, panic, and desperation to find the right treatment and the fear that our children may die from this illness were nearly identical between families.
Following our experience I vowed that no family in Alberta should struggle with these issues as we did. Families need to be able to focus their energy on healing, not searching."
The seeds of EDSNA, the Eating Disorder Support Network of Alberta were sown.
An organization to provide support, guidance and education to those affected both directly and indirectly by eating disorders: individuals, families, friends and treatment professionals.