"If we're eating pizza by Friday, we've done good," she added. Pizza was Erin's goal for the week, because it's the food served at most of the birthday parties she attends.
Throughout the week of treatment, Erin, who never mixes foods, was asked to try different combinations of foods and experiment with different tastes. Her first breakthrough came when she ate a small piece of turkey bacon. This is a huge step for a young girl who usually refuses to eat meat.
"That went better than what I would have expected by far," her father Eric said.
The Grahams said they were shocked by what they learned about their daughter's eating habits: Erin is hungry almost all the time, and it mostly stems from her nervousness about food.
Last day of her treatment was the pizza test. A special slice of cheese pizza, no sauce, was prepared just for her at the center.
Nervous, Erin tried a tiny piece of cheese from the slice, and declared that it tasted "okay." She wasn't ready for a whole slice just yet, but these are baby steps in the right direction in her fight against food phobia.