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Mother and daughter thank Rogers for life-changing treatment

02/20/18 03:14:pm

When Theresa Watts first came to Rogers she had been suffering from anorexia nervosa for seven years. In a video thank you to the Rogers’ staff, she describes the work they do as incredible and says they’re saving lives.

“They might not see it,” she says referring to the successful outcome of a patient such as herself. “They were with me when I was close to death. That’s what they saw, but they fought through those meals and those snacks and those disorders thoughts with me.”

Theresa holds the staff at Rogers in high regard, citing the compassion that her care team showed her when she was at a low point in her life.

“I remember having one of the nurses on the floor cry with me, and I’m like ok she cares—she’s crying with me when I’m crying—she cares. Their work saves lives, it makes people recover and I just wish that they got to see every success story.”

Theresa’s mother Jeanne also witnessed the compassion that everyone at Rogers shows.

“The entire staff here, the medical staff and ones who worked in the cafeteria, everybody we met seemed so friendly and helpful,” Jeanne says. “Everyone that was on the grounds of Rogers was treated in such a nice kind fair way. We were very impressed with that.”

Jeanne says that thanks to Rogers, “We have Theresa back now, the real Teresa is with us again and that’s just so important that we have her—but the world is going to have her too.” Since receiving treatment, Theresa has been able to go back to living her life the way she wants to.

“I love waking up happy, I love waking up and looking forward to things and being excited that I’m having a sleepover with [my friend] tonight or we get to go out to eat tonight, and it’s just little things that I missed.”

Theresa is now attending nursing school and has one year left until she graduates with a bachelor of science in nursing next December. She was ecstatic to come into Rogers to shoot the thank you video, allowing her to finally show her care team the importance of the work they do.

“They saw me at my worst and now they’re seeing me at my best. It’s exciting and nice that they can see that the work they do changes lives and it saves lives.”

Theresa's story can be found here

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