Grate­ful for care, sup­port dur­ing ill­ness

Maryland Independent - - Community Forum -

I would like to thank Johns Hop­kins Hospi­tal and my team of health spe­cial­ists who helped me get my life back to­gether.

I spent a lit­tle over two months this sum­mer at Hop­kins for treat­ing my eat­ing dis­or­der. Im­me­di­ately prior to my ad­mis­sion into the hospi­tal, I at­tended the Uni­ver­sity of Mary­land strug­gling with con­cen­tra­tion and missed out on many op­por­tu­ni­ties due to my com­pro­mised state of health. My eat­ing dis­or­der robbed me of all con­trol of my life. It took my doc­tor call­ing me at home one evening say­ing that I was dy­ing un­til I fi­nally sought med­i­cal help.

I was still re­luc­tant dur­ing the be­gin­ning of my treat­ment, but I soon re­al­ized I in­deed had a se­ri­ous health is­sue. The eat­ing dis­or­der treat­ment pro­gram was not easy. I was heav­ily mon­i­tored and was per­mit­ted very lit­tle free­dom. What made go­ing through it pos­si­ble was the pro­fes­sion­al­ism of the doc­tors, nurses, ther­a­pists and techs car­ing for me. I met many of them through­out my stay, and each one of them could help boost my morale dur­ing the tough­est times. Of course, I can­not for­get to men­tion the sup­port from my fam­ily. Ev­ery week I had vis­i­tors pro­vide me even more mo­ti­va­tion to get health­ier.

Eat­ing dis­or­ders are se­ri­ous ill­nesses, with anorexia ner­vosa hav­ing the high­est mor­tal­ity rate of any men­tal ill­ness in Amer­ica. I en­cour­age all those liv­ing with an eat­ing dis­or­der to get help. Fam­ily and friends should ed­u­cate them­selves about the dis­or­der in or­der to pro­vide the much needed sup­port. I have met older pa­tients in crit­i­cal con­di­tion be­cause they did not get help ear­lier. Please do not let this hap­pen to you or a loved one. I have not been to other psy­chi­atric units but I highly rec­om­mend Hop­kins. My time there both changed and saved my life. Thank you, greatly. Frank Bohne, La Plata

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