The rest of the family session was spent negotiating and hypothesizing. My chances of return will be substantially greater if I get accepted into the IOP program through the Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic--
"COPE's intensive outpatient program (IOP) provides treatment for patients who have returned to work or school, but who require the structure of the evening program to promote recovery. For some patients, the program may serve as a transition to more intensive care. A combination of two group therapy sessions and one meal per day, IOP is offered three evenings per week and requires a nine-hour per week commitment. Both individual and group counseling sessions are available."
In my desperate attempts to go back to school, I vow to put forth all my energy to achieve the impossible possibility of getting back into my goal weight range. I have made it this far, there is no turning back. What's more, my friends have been the most incredible cheerleaders. Their confidence only increases mine when I feel all hope is lost-- without them, I'd be mentally (and physically) lost. With my friends and wise words of the brilliant William Faulkner by my side, I won't dwell on the devastation from last night's meeting. No, I will only look ahead and give it all I've got. ED can not hold me back from my life. Look out, Pittsburgh-- I'm coming for ya.
"All of us failed to match our dreams of perfection. So I rate us on the basis of our splendid
failure to do the impossible." -William Faulkner