On October 6, the first support group offered by the Eating Disorder Support Network of Alberta (EDSNA) met in a room at the Old Strathcona Library in Edmonton. The parents who assembled were nervous and uncomfortable, but all had bravely stepped forward to seek support in dealing with their child’s eating disorder. It was a proud moment for founder and president, Moyra McAllister, who had worked towards this day for two and half years. Thanks to her perseverance and funding from Alberta Health, Mental Health and Addictions, Moyra’s dream had finally come to fruition. The result was amazing.
Immediately, the parents felt less alone. They knew they were surrounded by people who ‘got it’, people who wouldn't judge or blame, people who were walking the same path and experiencing the same highs and lows. “It was exactly what I wished had been in place for me when my daughter was going through her eating disorder,” said Moyra. “I vowed that no parent should have to face this horrible illness alone.”
Sue is a local writer, advocate and Vice-President of EDSNA. Her daughter is recovering from an eating disorder, thanks to the treatment at the University of Alberta’s Eating Disorders Clinic.