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Natalie: ACUTE Changed My Life

When I was 17 years old, I was struggling with an eating disorder and barely hanging on by a thread. I was knocking on deaths door, but ACUTE was my saving grace. When I admitted I was scared – scared for my life, of where I was. I was terrified of everything. From the moment I walked in those doors screaming and confused about where my life had taken me, not once was I made to feel like I was in the wrong place.

The staff at ACUTE made me feel like what I was doing was worth the fight and me, my wellbeing, and health were worth the fight. Over my stay I was constantly trying my best and they saw that. My doctors recognized my hard work and saw me for what I could do, not the position I was in. That was integral to my recovery.

The staff made every effort to keep my spirits high. Every nurse felt like family. Every doctor I spoke with was compassionate and understanding. Through such a difficult time in my life, this place brought me back. I will always be grateful for what ACUTE has done for me.

As of today, I am completely weight restored and healthy. I am working a full-time job working with children that fulfill my heart. I have the energy to play and engage with them. I was diagnosed with trichotillomania when I was 13 and it was at its worst while I was in the midst of my eating disorder. I am glad to say I am nearly two years free of trichotillomania as well! I have gotten to travel more with my good health and have since gone on a once in a lifetime trip to Indonesia. I also received my advanced scuba diver certification because I’m now healthy enough to go diving again. I have long blonde curls and a healthy body that I am grateful for.

It was worth every fight. I will never be able to really express what ACUTE has done for me. But know that ACUTE has had a tremendous impact on my life and recovery. It saved my life.

ACUTE Earns Prestigious Center of Excellence Designation from Anthem
In 2018, the ACUTE Center for Eating Disorders & Severe Malnutrition at Denver Health was honored by Anthem Health as a Center of Excellence for Medical Treatment of Severe and Extreme Eating Disorders. ACUTE is the first medical unit ever to achieve this designation in the field of eating disorders. It comes after a rigorous review process.

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