West Chester Teen’s Battle with Anorexia Becomes Inspiration to Many

Ken Knickerbocker
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West Chester resident Maria Hromcenco is sharing her journey of battling anorexia and thus providing a source of hope for many others.

West Chester resident Maria Hromcenco is sharing her journey of battling anorexia and thus providing a source of hope for many others, writes Richard Gaw for the Chester County Press.

In the spring of 2019, Hromcenco, then 14 years old, first started counting her calories.

“I even remember crying to my mom about feeling guilty for having had pizza,” she wrote in her blog.

By the end of August, the 5-foot-5 teenager weighed 81 pounds. Her parents took her to a hospital, and she was immediately admitted as a major candidate for a heart attack.

Within a week, she entered The Renfrew Eating Disorder Treatment Facility in Philadelphia, where she stayed for two months. She attended private and public therapy, made friends, and slowly got her eating habits to the highest levels specified at Renfrew.

In her blog, she thanked Renfrew for saving her.

“I was grateful for the experience because I was able to go through all of the levels of therapy and the progression of dining,” she wrote.

Now in full recovery, she is continuing to use her blog to offer her personal reflections and information for those going through same struggles.

Read more about Maria Hromcenco in the Chester County Press here.

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