"In January 2008 my Dad and I moved back to Sweden, from Australia, to seek treatment at the Mandometer clinic. I was 18 years old and had suffered from anorexia nervosa for 4 years; after over a dozen admissions to hospitals and locked psychiatric wards in Australia I was still severely unwell and deteriorating.
After contacting Mandometer in Stockholm I was admitted almost immediately to the program and was hospitalised within a few days due to my poor state of health. During my time at the clinic, with support from staff, I began to voluntarily drink the nutritional supplements that were provided.
In May I was transferred to the Mandometer clinic in San Diego as I was an English speaker and they had places spare. This was a major turning point in my recovery. Within a few months, and again with the help of very supportive staff, I used the Mandometer to learn how to eat proper, solid food after many years of tube feedings. At the same time my mood began to steadily lift and I started to look forward to the future that lay ahead of me.
I had made massive leaps forward in my recovery and decided to return to Australia after my time in San Diego. With determination- and the help of a doctor, dietician and my parents- I further progressed to the point where I was again just a ‘normal’ healthy young woman enjoying life.
I am now living away from home and studying to be a doctor after having scored highly in the medical entrance exam. I enjoy spending my free time going out with friends, playing sport, reading and volunteering.
I can honestly say that without the help and support of the Mandometer clinic I would not be here today. They stood by me and compassionately persisted in teaching me how to eat again when others would have given up...
Thank you to all the people at Mandometer for giving me the gift of a second chance at life."