Wednesday, September 3, 2008

"We Chose To Live" ANAD Support Group

ANAD Western Maryland Eating Disorder Support Group--

"We Chose To Live" is an open support group for those struggling with eating disorders and for there friends and family. The group is based off of the experiences of those whom have been through treatment and understand that there is great strength in numbers. Patrick, the group leader went to treatment at Canopy Cove, and there are others who have been to centers such as Remuda Ranch, Renfrew, and Johns Hopkins Medical Center. Join us in the fight for recovery and to experience the joy of life free from eating disorders. We did not choose this fate, but you can choose to recover. Recovery is a process, but it is very possible.

Together we can recover life.

Support Group
Every Tuesday 7pm-9m
Located at Transitions LLC
20 N Broadway St
Hagerstown, MD
Contact: Patrick

For Love, Life, and Liberty from ED!
Choose to Live!

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Join I Chose To Live

I Chose To Live Support--

Join I Chose To Live--

I am currently looking for others that have or are recovering from an Eating Disorder and share the same passion I have to give back and help others struggling with this disorder. My goal is to reach out all over to set up support groups nationwide. I am also looking for passionate people who are looking to speak out and fight the negative stigma associated with Eating Disorders. Feel free to contact me via email to share your insight, story, and personal experiences with ED. I truly believe that by speaking out and uniting each other on one front to fight back, then we can truly help each other overcome this destructive and isolating disorder.

For 21 years of my life, I lived with out ED, and I also lived for myself. I had to be the best at everything I did, and was always searching for something. I can now honestly say I have found what I was looking for. Faith and the strength in our Lord and Savior. I Chose To Live with God and hope that all I do from hear on out will give great glory to his eternal kingdom. I am nowhere close to being beyond my disorder, but I made the decision after a 4 year battle with ED to move forward into the light of a better life. If you share in this same passion, please contact me. I would love to hear from you and have you on the team that fights for love, life, and liberty from ED....

We all have the opportunity to live, and we all have a choice to make. We can either exist or fight to live. You deserve to be free from this ED monster and there is so much strength in friendship and love. I fail on a regular basis, but I get back up and keep fighting. This disorder does have the power to defeat us if we stand alone, but if we unite, there is HOPE and LIFE. Will you stand with me and fight this monster and fight the stigma that stands to outcast us all. Yes, we are different in many ways, yet there is one main reason we are separted from many. We care for others before we think about how it will affect us. WE CARE ABOUT YOU!!

This is my passion and I love what I do. I have met so many amazing people since I chose to live. Yes, I did get treatment for an ED, and yes I am a male athlete recovering from a disorder that in our society, is labeled as a female problem. Yes, my fiance' did walk away, and Yes most people don't understand me. But I am alive, and fighting back. We can overcome this. I have friends all over the world now, and you all are my teammates in life. Keep fighting for recovery and you ARE NEVER ALONE....

For Love, Life, and Liberty


Monday, July 21, 2008

To My Family and Friends--

Thank you to all who have stood beside me these past 4 years.

As most everyone now knows, for the past few years I have been fighting a battle with both my mind and body. Yes, I suffered from anorexia nervosa and it has made me who I am today. God works in mysterious ways, and I have now found my passion in life. "I Chose To Live"
My mission now is to speak out about eating disorders, self image and educate everyone. Many people may judge me on this journey but my faith in God and the support of my family and friends are my strength. Thank you so much Mom, Dad, Ryan, Erin, and Melissa. You guys got me through the toughest battle of my life. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. I love you all and have been blessed with an amazing family!

Matt, Troy, Billy, Sam, Kevin and to all my friends--

Thank you for standing beside me when most chose to run. You guys helped save my life and you keep me moving forward. I greatly appreciate all the support I have received and I am so blessed to have such strong and real friends.

Jen and Clare--

Thank you for getting me through treatment and opening my eyes to love, life, and faith in God. You both played a major part in transforming me back to the real Patty. I consider you both as sisters, and I will never forget either of you. Stay strong and I am always here for you both. You are both part of the reason I am reaching out to help others. You are two awesome souls.
My recovery will not be perfect but I know the support of my family and friends will keep me moving forward into the light of greatness. I would not be here today, honestly, if it wasn't for each and everyone of you. Thank you again from the bottom of my heart. I love you all and I will continue to fight this and will have a full recovery. I am so honored to know all of you. God Bless and stay strong.

To High Rock Studios

Thank you for doing a fantastic job in creating my website. You and your staff have made it possible for me to reach so many people. Thank you also for supporting I Chose To Live. I couldn't have accomplished what I have without your assistance.

For Love, Life, and Liberty!
Get It Done

May my life here on earth give great glory to Gods Kingdom!

This scripture was sent to me in treatment by my little sister and it opened my eyes and gave me great strength and hope! Thank you Erin! This was also read under the Great Oak Trees by Jen on our last Sunday at Canopy Cove....

-- Jeremiah 29:11

"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."

This is so true, everything happens for a reason and great things occur in Gods time, and sometimes his timing just doesn't match up with when we want things to happen. Be patient, face your struggles head on and ask God for direction. He will deliver you from darkness and your future will prosper. For 4-years I struggled and failed backwards, and I almost lost my life. God came to me and delivered me to Canopy Cove, and it changed my life. I have been given a second chance in life and want to spread the love of God to others. To be at peace with yourself and God is the ultimate accomplishment.

I am not even close to being perfect, and I make mistakes on a daily basis. Yet my faith in God allows me to continue down the path to great glory, and yes all that glory goes straight to God.

I am so thankful for the life that I now have and wouldn't trade it for anything else. I have a loving family, true friends that stand by me always, and I now have a real purpose in life. I chose to live and I choose to care about you.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Support Group

Patrick is running an Eating Disorder Support Group every Tuesday at Transitions LLC on Broadway St in Hagerstown, MD from 7pm-9pm.

This is an open group for those fighting, recovering or supporting the Eating Disorder Cause. This is a positive group with the ultimate goal of helping others recover life without ED. The group is small at the moment but it will only grow with time. We are here to help, and understand this isolating disorder. You are not alone in this! If you have any questions, feel free to contact Patrick at

Fight the Stigma! Be a Voice! Choose to Live!

One of the best books I have read on Eating Disorders is "Life Without ED by Jenni Schaefer. Jenni is a true inspiration, and I am honored to have read her book. One great quote "do the next right thing." If you fall down, get back up....Fail Forward! Believe! Get it Done!

I Chose To Live stands for Love, Life, and Liberty!

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Eating Disorder Support

I chose to live

Yet walk the line

Trying to move forward

Some how, always stepping back

I want to be free today

And forget about the days past

I fell into relapse...

Three days past

Running from something

Hiding from everything

My mind gone, body to isolation

Lost to all

but forgotten by nobody

I made the call

A friend to answer

A voice to be heard

A habit to break

A personality to recover

A new life to live

For 3 days I went into my ED and it was a nightmare, I became the monster I so fear that runs from everything. I am new in recovery and feel so strong, yet I was broken and blind sided by my ED! A friend from my support group came over twice and knocked some sense into me. We just have to know that hiding and retreating is not the answer. We are never alone though I know how lonely it feels at periods of the day. Call somebody, just don't hide! Thought I would share this as my first blog as I am not perfect! We are all in this together. I chose to live is a process of starting over and failing forward rather than regressing backwards. Life is a beautiful thing, cherish it and share it with others. Pick up the phone or send an email and reach out. I am strong but would love the support of so many others. God bless and keep the fight, relapse is a stepping stone to a stronger foundation for recovery! Live and Learn!

I Chose To Live for Love, Life and Liberty!!