This year, Rogers’ National Outreach Representative Jean Corrao attended her first NEDA conference and was especially impressed with the honesty, openness, and sharing of information among attendees. “It was great to see so many people in recovery from their eating disorder,” Jean said. “It really meant a lot to hear a former patient tell me ‘my life started at Rogers’. People are getting better at Rogers and NEDA is a great place for them to share their stories.”
Drs. Theodore Weltzin and Tracey Cornella-Carlson both attended the conference and were able to meet with many people from across the country. For both doctors the conference served as an opportunity to share their perspective and develop new relationships. “Everyone was very excited that they were there. Former patients were stopping to say ‘hi,’ providers from other programs were there exchanging ideas and sometimes people would stop by so they could put a face to the name,” Jean said.
Jean said Rogers was widely recognized for its treatment for males. “Everybody knows about our program for males, but I had to remind them that we treat lots of other people, too. Women, young adults, college students, teens, kids, they all come to Rogers for treatment,” Jean said.
Jean was also able to meet several other NEDA members and learn about other NEDA activities. “One of the things they launched at this conference is a new NEDA website, proud2bme.org.” Jean said. The website was developed by teens for teens to help them learn about eating disorders.
“With all this information and all these resources, there’s a lot we can do to educate people about recovery from eating disorders,” Jean said. “It’s so important to have this awareness so the people who need help can get help and hear the personal stories of other people who have been through the same thing.”
“Together, we can help even more people get better.”