Episode 17: A Parent's Journey  


What happens when your child is diagnosed with an eating disorder? Where do you go for help? How does it affect your community?

When Beth Ayn's daughter received a diagnosis of anorexia, she set out on a journey that led her to unexpected places. Eventually, she took those lessons and turned them into Stay Strong Virginia - a non-profit that helps other parents in similar circumstances. 




About Me:

Beth Ayn Stansfield, MEd spent 35 + years in the field of education as an educator, a counselor, a behavioral specialist and an administrator.  In addition, she served as adjunct faculty at Virginia Commonwealth University in their Department of Education.  While supporting her daughter through recovery, Beth Ayn discovered a new calling when she identified an unmet need – and that is helping individuals, families and professionals connect with supports and resources by way of eating disorders.
With a vision to provide services across the Commonwealth of Virginia, Beth Ayn created Stay Strong Virginia.  Much of her work can be found at staystrongvirginia.org and the Stay Strong VA eating disorders resources and supports Facebook page.  She also does presentations, facilitates support groups, creates monthly e-newsletters, offers quarterly community events and is in the process of writing/publishing her first book.

Fun Facts:

  • I am a music fanatic! I can't play an instrument or carry a tune, but I create awesome playlists. 

  • My greatest joy in life is spending time with my two girls. 

  • I love tailgating at sports events, kayaking the local lake, tending to bon fires and playing Yahtzee.

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