Those that follow me on instagram will know that last weekend was a pretty big weekend in Phoebe’s recovery from anorexia. As she slowly recovers Phoebe has been allowed to spend more and more time away from the unit, it started with an hour then to six hours, overnight & now two nights at home, which is just absolutely brilliant.
A few weeks ago we really didn’t think she would be ready to have time away and she was so upset at the thought of missing out on her school prom, after all the hard work she has put into completing the majority of her GCSE’s at the unit in Birmingham, but knowing my determined & focused daughter we shouldn’t have worried.
Once we had the go ahead that Phoebe would definitely be able to go to prom the search was on to get the perfect prom dress … thank goodness for ASOS (other stores are available). Phoebe emailed me all the links, and then over the phone we went through her selection whittling it down to about six!!! The week before prom we had a try on session (always love a try on sesh) and decided on “the dress” which was “a Phoebe” dress and sent almost all the others back .. there was another dress which was not prom style, but totally gorgeous on Phoebe so I just couldn’t return it!
So prom day came, I took the day off to collect her early so that she could get ready in a relaxed and calm way, unfortunately Friday traffic and the M5 didn’t get the memo .. in the end there was a slight rush to get ready .. but she did it.
All Phoebe’s friends had arranged to meet at the Market House in Ledbury town centre for photos, when we arrived there were already lots of people there, Phoebe was understandably anxious, but her friend Ella saw her & came straight over and hugged her .. It was the most wonderful thing & I burst into tears with happiness, then Phoebe’s other close friend Annie arrived and again I cried! .. Once I’d dried my eyes I obviously had to take about a billion photos .. It was so (so) heart warming & I was so proud of my girl, to see her surrounded by all her friends, just being herself, smiling, laughing, happy and looking relaxed .. well I think you can imagine. Knowing & seeing how far she has come, how much strength, courage and determination she has .. just the most wonderful thing.
Originally Phoebes transport to the prom was going to be my Ford Focus (not exactly prom-ish) .. but in the end she did travel in style, she was invited to go in her friends dad’s dune buggy with them … it really was very cool.
When I collected her later that evening, watching her chatting to the teachers (who were really pleased to see her) and her friends I knew she’d had a fabulous evening.
I am so proud of my girl, of her strength, determination & courage she got to go to her prom and now has memories (& photos) that will last her a lifetime .. who could ask for more.