We're so proud of everyone who comes through Blossom Place, whether as inpatient, outpatient, or community member. Here's what people are saying about their time at Blossom Place.
"I've been staying inpatient at blossom place since the beginning of November (4 months) and this program has literally saved my life. I came in right from treatment for my substance abuse, sober, but still very very sick in my eating disorder. The program and everybody involved in it is teaching me how to have a healthy relationship with food, exercise, and my healthy, nourished body. I’ve had some of the best times I’ve ever had in my life in these last 4 months, making amazing friendships and memories that I can’t imagine having the opportunity to without this program! Forever grateful for Deanna and the team that works with us every day to learn to love ourselves and live a normal, happy life." — Rhianne
"Though I have not lived in Blossom Place - I have attended workshops, EDA meetings and groups there, and it is just a beautiful place to be. Deanna has done and continues to do such an incredible job with the women who live/visit Blossom. I have met some amazing life long friends there. We support and love each other through everything and anything." — Sarah
"Blossom Place knows that recovery is not easy, and exists in order to support individuals as they navigate their next steps toward a life of freedom. I only wish that something like this had existed when I first left treatment years ago! Blossom Place is changing and saving lives." — Jenna
"I came to Blossom Place at the end of January 2020. At first I didn’t know how sick I was, and I thought since I didn’t have a problem eating in the first week, that I didn’t deserve a bed here. That was not the case. I didn’t know I was dying as quickly as I was and that eating disorders take go so much deeper than just not being able to eat, or eating too much. The mental toll it takes on your body image, and the amount of emotional energy spent on eating disorders is 100% of an ill persons mind and time. I was taking as many as 36 laxatives a day, restricting my food intake, and purging to the point of black out. I knew I was going down, but I didn’t realize how quickly until I arrived here. People told me they thought I would break if they hugged me too hard, and I wasn’t even allowed to carry a chair down the stairs. I thought I was offering a helping hand, but really what was happening, was I was being saved.
Here at Blossom, in just 6 weeks, I’ve already learned how sick I was and how long it can actually take to recover. Sometimes it’s hard to keep going, but a little voice inside me is slowly starting to grow larger than the evil voices telling me to be thin rather than safe. I didn’t know eating disorder recovery was more than eating to gain or lose a healthy amount of weight and leaving. It’s much more, and it’s all offered at Blossom Place.
I’m learning how to grocery shop without anxiety, how to meal plan and prep food, learning to dig deep into myself and slowly start changing the unhealthy emotional behaviours that are not directly tied to eating disorders, and most importantly all foods in moderation. I’ve been taught that there are no bad foods, there is no clean eating, as all of those tips and tricks are just socially acceptable ways of dieting and doing more harm than good. There’s a lot of things I never knew affected me as much as they did and Blossom is the place I’ve truly been able to start my recovery journey without running away from it. This program is a huge blessing."— Keiran
"My experience at both Blossom Place and Magnolia House has been truly life changing. Leaving my 3rd treatment centre for eating disorders and addiction, I knew this time I needed to change something dramatically in my life if I wanted to find true and lasting freedom from my disorders. Fairly convinced the kind of recovery I sought was not even possible, I still took the opportunity to come to Blossom Place and that decision saved my life. After living at both the
Blossom and Magnolia houses I now have over 9 months of sobriety and 8 months free from my eating disorder. I would not have achieved much of this success without these houses, and specifically the opportunity to work with Deanna. She has an incredible passion for helping people find relief from food and body image issues, as well as an experienced talent for
identifying addictive and eating disordered behaviours. Deanna has created a space unlike any other I’ve had the chance to recover in: full of love, laughter, peer support and peer
accountability. These days I return to Blossom as an alumnus to support newer members of the community and equally to find support for myself as I continue on my lifelong journey in recovery. Today I live a life free from my eating disorder. I am living the very dream I was convinced was not possible. I am forever grateful to Blossom Place and Deanna for helping
guide me to the life I have now, truly a life worth living." — Sarah S.
Blossom Place surrounded me with people who believe in me even when I’ve lost faith in myself. Anyone who’s struggling with an eating disorder and/or diet cycling will likely be familiar with that potent mix of hope and shame whenever they wake up in the morning: yesterday I was a mess, but today I can be perfect. And yet, predictably, old habits take over as the day wears on, and by evening, the obsessions and behaviours return to damaging, out-of-control patterns. Blossom Place helped me interrupt that cycle for the first time in my life. As an outpatient at Blossom, I get the flexibility to meet my daily responsibilities while prioritizing my recovery. Tangible tools like meal logging, supported exercise, and nutrition enable me to meet my basic needs with kindness, accountability, and awareness. Blossom Place also gives me the benefit of a community — a diverse group of people of all ages, backgrounds, and shapes and sizes on their road to recovery, generously sharing insights, encouragement, and hope. Blossom Place is unlike any other recovery house — it’s unique in its approach and in its level of care. Significant barriers to getting treatment in the past were simply not an issue for me at Blossom, for instance, I didn’t have to wait until I was “sick enough” to access services. I was heard and believed, because at Blossom Place, eating disorders don’t have a particular face, size, or shape. I’m so grateful to Blossom Place for helping me transform the most important relationship I have: the one with myself. — Delani
"Blossom Place is a rare gem. Deanna’s vision and passion for healthy living by overcoming dysfunctional habits is truly inspirational!" — Brett