Your Impact - Emily Doer's Story
Eating disorders are a dark and difficult challenge faced by many Manitobans.  Emily Doer was one of them. For over three years, Emily struggled with a combination of anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa. She would binge on food and then purge. She put restrictions on how much food she could consume, which foods she could eat and when she could eat.  The pattern of behavior was affecting her health, and her life, in a very serious way.
 
After reaching her lowest point and with the insistence of her parents, the then 19 year old, agreed to enter the Adult Eating Disorder Program at Health Sciences Centre Winnipeg. Emily entered the HSC program as an in-patient in the summer of 2011, staying in the hospital for one month and participating in the outpatient program for three months following.
 
"I entered the HSC Adult Eating Disorder Program in April 2011 where I lived under the guidance and care of the nurses and doctors there,” says Emily. "I was told when and what to eat and was supervised for up to two hours after every meal.”
 
As part of her treatment, Emily took part in group therapy sessions, learned to plan and shop for meals and went on group outings to restaurants to learn how to cope with eating in public. 
 
After being successfully released from the program, Emily decided she wanted to give back to HSC and to the program that was there for her when she needed it most. "Entering treatment that summer was the best decision I ever made,” says Emily. "The program gave me back my life again.” This led her to conceive and developed the first annual Tea for Eating Disorders, a unique tea party fundraiser to raise money in support of HSC’s Adult Eating Disorder Program, so that others could benefit as well. 
 
The first annual Tea for ED was held on February 11, 2013 at the Hotel Fort Garry in Winnipeg, Manitoba. With an original goal of raising $7,000, Emily set off to plan her fundraiser. Soon after the initial conception of the event, the interest in Tea for ED began to grow. By January 2013, the Tea had already sold out, so Emily doubled the number of available tickets and sold out yet again.
 
For over a year, Emily planned, organized and promoted her event. She spoke in schools and did numerous TV and newspaper interviews, spreading awareness about eating disorders and the effect they can have on a person’s life.  Emily shared her personal story and the need for funding of treatment programs in Winnipeg, bringing the topic of eating disorders to the forefront of public attention.
 
Tea for ED was attended by 450 people. A hugely successful and emotional day, the event consisted of speakers who shared their personal stories of the battle with eating disorders, musical performances, interpretive dance and an overall inspiring afternoon for everyone who was in attendance.
 
In the end, Emily’s event raised over $33,000 for the Adult Eating Disorder Program at Health Sciences Centre. Her substantial contribution will go directly towards the program so that HSC can continue to provide the financial resources necessary, to give men and women struggling with eating disorders the treatment and support they need so that they no longer need to suffer in silence.