FEAST, the 'parent' website of the Around the Dinner Table Forum (for parents and carers of young people with eating disorders) is organising a 2-day carers' conference here in the UK in November for its registered members - and I am so excited about it!
FEAST started out as an American website, but these days it reaches out across the globe. It has a huge following here in the UK and, over the past 30 months or so, I've become very close to dozens of other parents of young people with eating disorders, many of whom will be at that conference.
Although some of us have met up over the months, we haven't all been together in the same place at the same time - apart from online. So it will be amazing! All those people I've chatted to, who have been with me through thick and thin, always there to provide a shoulder to cry on or some emergency support and advice at 2am, or whatever... we'll finally be getting together! Or at least most of the UK contingent will be.
FEAST (UK) have organised some amazing speakers and workshops for the event including the incredible Professor Janet Treasure and Susan Ringwood (CEO of Beat). So, with any luck, we should come away fired up with the latest scientific research, evidence and advice.
PS. I've volunteered for the job of allocating bedrooms in the (amazing Victorian Gothic mansion) hotel.