Archived Introductions

Read intros from our first Proud2Bme members! New to Proud2Bme? Introduce yourself here!

djoelieke's picture

Hey! I'm a 15-year old girl from Belgium :) so I already know proud2Bme (thanks to Scarlet! :p ) I hope this site will help a lot of ppl. Sorry if my english isn't perfect.. :S good luck! lots of love, Djoelieke
Lexii's picture

Hi there! I truly hope Proud2BMe USA will help many other people who struggle with an eating problem/disorder and self-esteem. I'm Lexii from the Netherlands, 30 y.o. student, and in therapy for my e.d. at this moment. Good luck, and I'd love to come by every now and then, to check on this forum.
Charlotte's picture

Heeee! Kind of the same message as the girls before me. I'm from the Netherlands as well, and familiar with Proud2BMe. It has helped me (and still helps me) a lot! I hope it will help American girls as much as it helps Dutch girls! Love, and a lot of luck and strength, Charlotte
vlinder's picture

Hi, I''m vlinder. I com from the Netherlands. I 'm dutch. This is a good site. I hope that this a lot of peoplle helpt. I can a little bit English. My English is not so good Good luck
vlinder's picture

Hello, This is a good site. I hope that this site a lot of people helpt with eating disorders/problems. I'm Vlinder. I come from the Netherlands. I am 22 years old and also in therapy for me e.d. My English is not so good. I learning English at this moment at school. Good Luck. and Succes !
Nikki's picture

Woo!! I new place :) Hi everyone!!! I'm Nikki and I'm 21 (soon to be 22) I have terrible self esteem and pretty serious body image issues. I've been dealing with an eating disorder for years but I've come a long way trying to recover. I'm in my senior year at college. I'm so happy I was told about this site!! I look forward to coming on <3 <3
Vanilla.'s picture

Hi everyone, I'm also from Holland (: I'm 14 now (almost 15) And i'm struggeling with my ed for about 4 years now. Hopefully this site will be as succesfull as x
Hoshi's picture

Hii :) I'm one of the many from the Netherlands. The Dutch website has helped me so much, and is still helping me a lot! I hope this website will help just as much or even more people!
Vanilla.'s picture

hahaha, all the dutchies rule this place :')
Stelena's picture

@Vanilla: Haha, seems like it, but I'm sure that'll change. :) I'm from the Netherlands too. :)
amy's picture

Woooow! Lots of people from the Netherlands! I'm amy and I'm 19 (soon I will be 20). I've been dealing with an eating disorder for years like many of you. I'm going to college but because of my eating disorder I'm not there every day. Nice place this is, hope many people will discover it.
notimetowaste's picture

Hello, I'm Precious and I'm 20 years old. Suffering for bulimia for many years now. In daily life I study to become a social worker but at the moment i'm in therapy for my eating disorder and depression. Byebye
beautifulvulnerability's picture

Hi, my name is Michelle and I will be 17 at the end of this month. I have battled distorted eating since I was 12 but have battled an eating disorder since I was 14. I am currently in recovery for EDNOS, self-harm, depression, and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and attend both individual and group therapies. I am a member of the eating disorder community on youtube and know how important it is to receive support from others who are going through the same illness or addiction to food. I hope I can help all of you in anyway possible and I hope to receive support from you. Stay Strong, Michelle
Abeni230871's picture

Hi i have body image issues and self esteem issues and its been hard and my sister is battling ed..
franhaag's picture

Hi everyone! I'm gonna be soon 33 years old (!!!) but I battled my ED for 15 years in my life. I've been recovered for almost 3 years now and I'm here to give you all support and hope that yes, it does have an end. As I'm originally from Brazil and treatment is very limited there it was hard for me to get proper care. In fact, I never got proper care as all my inpatient experiences were "refeeding" experiences and then I was sent home. What helped me overcome my ED were the connections I made online with support groups from all over the world, specially from the US. NEDA was the main channel for me to find my way to all my support buddies. So nowadays I live in LA, study Psychology, am an ED Activist and am 100% recovered!
rottem's picture

Hi, My name is Rottem. I'm 24 years old, from Israel. I have some problems with weight and eating and I'm in therapy for a few years. I'm active at the Dutch website (didn't know even 1 word in Dutch before) for about 10 months and I just want to say that it's a nice and supportive place. This is so great to have this website in English now :) Good luck here xx
Petra's picture

Hi ,My name is Petra . I`m 15 year now (next month 16) and from the netherlands . .I`m struggling with my Ed for 3 years.
Petra's picture

Hi , im Petra and i`m 15 years old and i come from the netherlands . I`m struggling also 3 years with my Ed ( ED-NOS) .
_Anne.'s picture

Hi all! I'm Anne (~Anne., or sufferthebear for some people, at the Dutch forums). I heard some of my fellow dutch proudies were registering here and I decided to take a look. I'm living in the Netherlands, I'm a 16 year old girl, I'm suffering from anorexia for almost 2 years now.
lifelesson's picture

Hey , my name is Brianna! I started my recovery on Friday October 14th 2011 . Ive suffered from my eating disorder for 4 years . With alot of failed attempts before with recovery but unable to do it on my own . I might seem as I am going good with my recovery which I am but it is far from easy there once was a cloud over my head as huge as can be but each day there is a few pieces that fall . . I dont know how long it will take the cloud to disappear all together but I dont want to give up . I will not Give up .
claire's picture

Hi everyone! I'm Claire. I'm overseeing the content on the site, and I'll be helping out on the forums too. I suffered from eating disorders and poor body image as a teen, and though I've been healthy for years, these issues have had a huge impact in my life. For those of you struggling, I want to say that I believe true recovery IS possible--I'm living proof of it. But I know how hard it is, and of course everyone has a different path to get there. I hope we can all find the support we need here. Looking forward to getting to know all of you! I'm open to all feedback and ideas for new content, forum categories, etc. Don't be shy. This is YOUR community. :)
MMullins's picture

Hi!!! I am really excited about this as I feel it is a great way to connect with other teens who are experiencing an Ed. My therapist recently told me about this and I can't wait to get started!!!!!! :)
peaceloverock's picture

Hi everyone my name is Gina. I am a volunteer with the NEDA for the Eating Disorder Helpline. I have suffered with eating disorders in the past, and I love helping other women and girls to become more confident and positive about who they are inside and out. Glad to be here! xo Gina
Liz3140's picture

Hi Everyone, my name is Liz and I'm helping moderate this site. I'm very excited to be involved in this community and can't wait to see where you, the members, lead it! I struggled with disordered eating in high school and college and am so happy to be at a positive place with my body, relationship to food and fitness. I hope I can help support others in finding the same love and respect for themselves.
BehindBlueEyes's picture

My name is Kylie. I am sixteen and am currently struggling with eating disorders. I wouldn't say I have a specific one right now, but a lot of my behaviors are not healthy and leave me very unhappy. I feel pressure to be noticed since I am very shy and I have a twin sister. My mom is always telling her she is too thin, even though I weigh less than her. I don't understand why people can't see how thin I am and it drives me crazy. This mindset, however, is not making me happy and I would like to change before anything gets worse. I am a junior in high school and doing very well, I love school and am in three AP classes and am also taking piano lessons and doing lots of volunteer work with the Boys and Girls Club and my Church youth group as well as Key Club, National Honor Society, and Junior Class Council (which I am the secretary of). I should be happy with my accomplishments and everything and everyone God has blessed me with, but I'm not and I don't understand why, neither do people around me I'm sure. No one can see the pain I'm going through or know that someone who appears so successful and beautiful on the outside is so sad on the inside. I want to change and stop feeling terrible all the time. I want to be grateful for what I have, rather than obsessing over what I don't. "Know one knows what it's like behind blue eyes." Not only one of my favorite songs, but a great description of my struggle. No one knows what it's like for me, behind these blue eyes there is pain where there should be joy and I want it to stop.
lilyskye's picture

Hello! My name is Lily, I'm 19 years old and I struggled from Anorexia with Overexercising tendencies. I'm not completely recovered but let's just say [I've achieved a healthier weight and feel good about it]! What motivated me to recover most was my mom and the fact that I want to live. I still struggle with body issues but I'm trying to love myself and treat my body right.
cass22's picture

Hi! My name is Cassandra and I am helping to moderate the site. I am so excited about the launch of Proud2bme. In college, I studied public health; I have a particular interest in nutrition and eating disorders. I love to travel, read, explore my city, and spend time with friends. I would love to help Proud2bme members out in whatever way I can but for the most part, I will leave it up to you to run this site and create the kind of community YOU want. Enjoy exploring the site!
Phoenix Love's picture

Hi Everyone! My name is Gabe and I'm going to be one of the moderators here. I am currently majoring in Psychology and look forward to working with people who suffer from eating disorders. While I have never suffered with an eating disorder, I have seen it up close. So please do not be afraid or feel like you are alone. We are all here together to see a brighter sunrise one day. My first and foremost priority, is to make sure everyone feels safe and comfortable here. I truly hope to see great achievements and success from everyone. I know together as a team, we can do it! Never give up hope, even in your darkest hour.
NikkiO42's picture

Hi everyone! I'm Nikki, I'm a volunteer moderator for the site and I'm very excited to be apart of this community. I had an ED about 11 years ago and hope this site and its members will help offer support for all of you in your recovery. No matter what you are going through try to remember that things will get better and we are here for you.
Esta1221's picture

Hi everyone! My name is Esther and I am one of the moderators on this site. I am currently studying nutrition with an emphasis on ED. Over the years, I have been surrounded by loved ones suffering from ED and have been greatly impacted. I am beyond excited for the launch of Proud2bMe, and look forward to offering support in your times of need. Never give up!
Kimmishap's picture

Hello!! I'm Kimmi and I'm training to be a moderator for this site;))))
Kay's picture

Hey! My name is Kaylee. I'm 15 years old. I've been struggeling with Anorexia and Bulimia, but now I'm recovering from ED-NOS and I'm sure that I'm going to win this fight. I will fall and I will get up again. And I'm sure that everyone here can do that. You can fall, but you can absolutely get up again! You can make it if you believe in yourself.
lifelesson's picture

Omg well hey to all the girls from netherlands ! I am brianna I am from the USA . Omg . Im the only one here.
Jvlahos's picture

I LOVE this site! I am currently in recovery from anorexia, and have been for about 2 years now. I'm so glad this site has been created, I think it's going to be a great, positive atmosphere for young girls that may or may not be struggling :) I've been dedicating a lot of my time to help younger girls, and anyone who wants it, in my community. For a community service project, I teamed up with an English teacher of mine and we created a group for 8th grade girls called Girls For Real Beauty. It was a great experience. Jackie
Phoenix Love's picture

@jvlahos that's great that you strive to help out others who are struggling with the same disorder. I'm sure we are all looking forward to see what other great posts you have to write on the forum. Welcome and have fun!
Stelena's picture

Just needed to say that I think it's amazing that the moderators are introducing themselves too. :)
Kay's picture

Haha Stelena! I do absolutely agree! :)
connie7717's picture

Hi everyone! I'm Constance, and I'll be helping moderate the content on this site. I know first-hand just how difficult struggling with eating disorders and body imagine issues can be, and I understand what an important role the proper support and understanding play in recovery. That's why I am so excited to be a part of this community with all of you! Recovery IS possible, and things CAN get better. Have hope and know that you're safe here. We're all here for each other! :)
xomusicloverxo's picture

I'm Corinne and I'm from the US. I need some advice. Can anyone help? I think I have an eating disorder but I do not know if I technically do. I feel very self-consious though and I starve myself sometimes. I also have a a person only bulimic if they vomit?

claire's picture

@xomusicloverxo: Hi Corinne, welcome to Proud2Bme. I'm Claire, a moderator on the site. You said you were worried about whether you have an eating disorder. The short answer is that if your thoughts about food and weight are making it tough for you to enjoy life, that's enough to reach out for help. Vomiting after eating a lot of food (bingeing) is one symptom of bulimia, but there are other symptoms. Taking laxatives and overexercise are other forms of purging. You can look at the full list of signs of symptoms here: It's really brave of you to ask for support. I know it's not easy--I suffered with disordered eating through high school and some of college. Please know that recovery is possible and you can get to a healthy place. Here are some places to start: Our helpline offers free support and referrals to resources in your area: 1-800-931-2237. You can also look for referrals online here: I hope you find lots of encouragement here on Proud2Bme.

misslbooker's picture

Hello to the Proud2beMe community. I just started as a moderator and am quite excited to be apart of this website and helping young teens realize their true inner beauty and self worth. We truly are so much more than our outer appearances. I am a child/adolescent clinician and have experience with eating disorders through research and practice. I am a true girl girl and love all things sparkly. My hobbies are reading, traveling, art, and music ( i don't play but love live music). I hope you'll feel free to comment and keep contributing to this site and creating a safe space for expression.
hharned01's picture

Hello everybody :) I learned about this site at the NEDA Conference this year and I think it is fabulous. My name is Hayley and am about 2 years free of a bulimic relapse. I dealt with a very strong willed eating disorder for about 5 years and still to this day have some body image issues, but everyday is a new day. I have started to make people aware of eating disorders and disordered eating on my college campus and when I go off to graduate school I want to be able to promote healthy body images through the media. I have been able to thrive and have begun being more active about helping get the word out and also giving more hope to those who are in recovery or think they should be. I have a blog as well as a facebook page I would like to share. "To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment." Ralph Waldo Emerson

cold's picture

Hi everyone. I am 17 years old and have anorexia. I feel guilty and panick every time I eat. At the same time I want to stop being hungry. I hope things'll be easier soon.
claire's picture

@Cold: Welcome to Proud2Bme. Anorexia is a tough illness, but recovery is possible! It's really great that you've reached out. This is a community of people who have a lot of personal experience with eating disorders, so I hope you find good support here. You didn't mention whether you're in treatment, but if you need referrals to specialists or support groups in your area, you can call our helpline at 800-931-237 or visit this page:

Benthe's picture

Hi! I'm Benthe and I’m a member of the Dutch version of Proud2Bme. But on school I’m talking English and i love to talk English all the time so i thought maybe i can also be a member of so here i am! I love Proud2Bme... it helped me so much before! I never thought that people you don't know could help you but no i know they can! Love you all guys!
Phoenix Love's picture

@Benthe, welcome aboard! We are so glad to have your enthusiasm about speaking English and being apart of a site that is thousands and thousands of miles away from your home! I hope you have a great time on here and hope you can contribute as much as you can!
NikkiO42's picture

@Stelena and Kay - thanks! As moderators we are just as excited about this site as you are to be members. The feedback from you guys is really important to us too in order to make this site a great experience for all its members. Keep the good vibes coming :) Recovery is possible and we're here to encourage you through it and maintain it.
cmysko's picture

Hi everyone,

I wanted to let you all know that we're making some improvements to our forums! Members can now create a new forum topic for their individual intros, which will allow others to comment more easily. So this thread is being replaced by the new Introduce Yourself category.

If you've already introduced yourself, feel free to copy and paste your original as its own forum topic here, but rest assured everything you wrote it will remain in this archived intros thread.

Hope this change works for everyone. And as always, we welcome your feedback.

Happy posting!


theaterchick's picture

Hey y'all! My name is Catherine and I am a junior in college studying theater. I'm also a MODERATOR(woot woott). I am very into feminism/gender studies/body awareness etc. I have one sister who is super suave at tennis.

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