Hope you check out my story. (:

Hi! My name is Katie. I am 17 years old; about to start my senior year. (Yay!) I can proudly say that I have been in recovery for a year now and it was the best decision I ever made. I stumbled upon this site because I have been looking for ways to volunteer and help out people who are struggling with eating disorders. I hope to become a nutrionist at a center when i'm older that helps people with eating disorders. 

Before I started recovery I had been struggling with anorexia for 6 years and bulimia on and off for 1. I also struggled with depression, anxiety, insomnia, and other health issues like loss of memory and menstrual cycle, hair loss, and heart palpatations. This disease controled all of my middle school and most of my high school years. Thankfully I have taken back my life and have grown to love my body for all it can do, not just how it looks. I'm also thankful I had this disease and overcame it. Which i'm sure sounds absolutley RIDICULOUS! But it's true. My eating disorder has made me the person I am today. It has allowed me to develop friendships with other people who share the same struggle. It has given me compassion for the world. It has matured me beyond my years. I'm in love with life. It has taught me to live in the moment and take nothing for granted. It makes my heart happy that there are websites like this where people can come together as one and work on having a body postive image and sharing with the world that it's not just about how you look on the outside but it is truly what is on the inside that matters. I'm also glad that there is a place like this where people who share the same struggle can come to get help and support. 

Kalayle's picture

Thank you for telling me your story. It gives me hope that I can overcome this some day, I can learn to love myself, and I can learn something positive from this.

sboggs33's picture

Thank you for your story. Keep that passion and go on to wonderful things! 

brittanyposey's picture

Katie, you are truly an inspiration! Keep on shinin', and you will change the world. Guaranteed.

WendyFord's picture

Thanks for sharing your story. Many of the people are suffering from different health issues, which can be overcome through volunteering, which will help to boost your mood and be a part of the community. One of my friends shared a life changing experience of mission humanitaire, which helped her to improve the socializing and also suggested me to take help of this helpful resource site http://www.mission-humanitaire-afrique.org to take part in volunteering with mission humanitaire.

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