My Story: Ready for Belmont University But . . .

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Rhea Dali

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Dr. Lauryn Lax, OTD, MS

Dr. Lauryn, OTD, MS is a doctor of occupational therapy, clinical nutritionists and functional medicine expert with 25 years of clinical and personal experience in healing from complex chronic health issues and helping others do the same.

Body | My Story: Ready For Belmont University But . . .

The endless pursuit of “that body” was an unrelenting distraction, so I fled…to my Stair Master. I didn’t know what else to do.

3 days before I was set to move to Nashville to start grad school program in Occupational Therapy at Belmont University, my world fell apart.

Belmont called to let me know they had “overlooked” my transcript and realized I made a low B in my pre-req Anatomy Course from undergrad.

They couldn’t accept me. New apartment secured and car all packed didn’t matter. They had made a mistake and I was no longer “in.”

The reason I applied to grad school in the first place was to GET OUT of Little Rock. Anywhere BUT HOME. I couldn’t take the stress of living with my eating disorder and my parents—under one roof, and I was 23 years old gosh darn it. I could take care of myself.

My parents said I could move to school on one condition: I would pay for it myself. They couldn’t support me in my poor health and they wanted me to stay home…but they couldn’t hold me back.

However, this sudden call from the school was my ticket NOT to go at all.

“God, What are you trying to tell me here?!” I thought.

Distraught, I broke down in tears, at a loss. And my dad, loving me to pieces, got in his car after work that day and drove 5 hours to Nashville, where he plead my case to the Dean of Belmont himself…

Wondering if this was all a sign NOT to go to school in my poor state of health…all I knew to do to cope with stress was run…more like flee…

To the gym.

I ran to the gym to kick my own butt on the Stair Master, mind racing, thinking of my back up plan for “getting out”…

The next day, I got a call from Belmont that they would let me in on ONE condition…Academic Probation. I had to make ALL A’s my first semester to stay in…

“Freedom” out of my eating disorder stress here I come!…not quite…

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