My Recovery Letter - Sunnie's Story

By Sunnie Gruwell
Dear Daughter, You are a light to all you meet and a beacon of hope and happiness in this world. Thank you for being you. Because being you is more than enough.

Dear Daughter,
I wish you could see what others see when they look at you. The goodness, the kindness, the compassion. The way you reach out to those in need to let them know they aren’t alone. You are a light to all you meet and a beacon of hope and happiness in this world. 
Always remember that the tools needed to make change lie within you. You are strong and brave, yet humble enough to endure your struggles with patience. 
You have walked a road that not many your age have walked. You’ve had to learn lessons that many twice your age are still learning. I’ve watched you struggle, then come out conqueror, and fall, only to get back up running. I pray that your tenacity and endurance will see you through all life throws your way. 
Thank you for being you. Because being you is more than enough.

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my recovery letter
Written by

Sunnie Gruwell

Sunnie is a parent advocate on ERC’s Recovery Ambassador Council. Sunnie resides in Houston, Texas with her husband and six children. Her faith and religion are very important to her, and the strength that comes from those beliefs has helped her family make it through whatever trials they have faced. She has immense gratitude for the life-saving treatment her oldest daughter received at the Eating Recovery Center in Denver, Colorado, and recognizes the extremely important role that caregiver knowledge and education play in the treatment of adolescents with eating disorders. She admires the strength, resilience, and growth her daughter has shown as she battles her eating disorder. Her continued support for her daughter reinforces the reality that recovery is not a one-time event, but a journey.

“Successful mothers are not the ones that have never struggled. They are the ones that never give up, despite the struggles.” (Sharon Jaynes)

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