Catherine Katie Cassell

Katie Cassell: Healing and Growing at ACUTE

I love horses; they are my passion. Last year, I had to sell my horse to pay for college. Taking care of my horse was important to me, and when I no longer had my horse to take care of, I felt as though I had nothing to take care of. I didn’t realize I had stopped taking care of myself as well.

Then in January, my grandmother died and that hit me hard. I went to Ireland to be with my family. My family was so worried about me because I had lost so much weight. I was at my lowest weight ever. My eating disorder became my coping skill. My family helped me realize that I am worthy of love, and they encouraged me to get help.

I made the decision to come to ACUTE and soon felt like it was the right decision. At ACUTE, It was a very "human" experience. The staff is nice. They helped me learn a lot about my eating disorder, medicine and how to use this experience to grow as a person.

I now know my eating disorder is a symptom of other things that I am now aware of. I have a greater appreciation for the small things. I see a lot more light in the world and I see myself as a growing flower.

ACUTE is a place of healing, and I would encourage anyone to come here if their medical team is suggesting it because they know you need the support. At ACUTE, you can focus on you.

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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