It’s unfortunate that Amber Foster wasn’t able to get treatment without CBC News covering this story, despite her deteriorating health. It is admirable, however, that she was taken in by the Edmonton program at a time when treatment and support was scarce. They have offered a three month hospital stay, followed by a three-month residential program.
After 18 years of battling Anorexia, Foster hopes to recover, live a normal life, and watch her son grow up. Although St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver stated that Foster’s illness is chronic and is something she cannot recover from, the Edmonton program focuses on recovery, smooth transitions, and follows up with patients during critical times to prevent relapse.
Dr. Henry Piktel, from the University of Alberta Hospital, said the program’s various steps make it unique and are key to recovery.
“I think what makes this program unique is that we actually do provide a seamless transition from inpatient, through day hospital treatment to residential treatment and long into simple outpatient treatment,” Piktel said.
I’m glad that Amber Foster found a place for recovery. I hope that others who have been deemed “chronic” patients will get the treatment that is necessary for their survival as well.