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Robert G Torrence Hell's Peak Road Londonderry Vermont 05148 June 16 1979 Dear Bob Shortly after your letter of March 14th was received, word came to me that my daughter Serena, aged 16, had been diagnosed as suffering from anorexia nervosa. I had noticed when she visited me briefly early in February that she was not eating well, but a rather precipitous weight loss developed over the ensuing weeks. Ad I am sure you know anorexia is a very complex disease and difficult to treat. My time has been completely devoted to the problem, appointments with cadres of specialists, psychiatrists, medical men, etc Serena's weight dropped to 70 pounds before we were able to get her satisfactorily hospitalized about three weeks ago. A long stay is envisioned. perhaps six months or more. At $300 per day, not counting psychiatrists fees, you can understand the devastating effect both emotional and financial, as here usual health insurance runs about 120 days and superimposed "major medical2 coverage is restricted to paying only about 40% of cost for another 120 days. I have done nothing other than be involved with this crisis since hearing from you. Now that Serena is in good hands, there is little more her family can do for her. I have a drastic need to turn my mind back to other matters and will be trying to obtain the information you mentioned and will be in touch with you. Meanwhile I hope all is well with you and yours. Sincerely Bob P.S. My belongings, including father's papers are due to come up here and out of storage in July.
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