National Eating Disorders Association

Stories of Hope

She Learned to Love Life and it Loved Her Right Back
By Christina Miranda

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I know it's hard. The thoughts The feeling The pain The names you've been called The things you've been through It's not fair. And it's not easy. But like all things in life, I believe everything happens for a reason. And we were given these challenges because we are strong enough to live them. I just wanted you to know that there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Everyone has their own story and everyone's recovery will be a little different. No matter what age, race, or gender you are you can develop an eating disorder- and recover from it! That is the good news and it's never too late or too early to start your journey towards recovery. So as I'm sure you have heard before. I'm not telling you recovery is going to be easy, but I'm telling you it WILL be worth it. Being only a 14 year old girl, I could look at my experiences as things that I shouldn't have had to go through this at this young age and even say "it's not fair". However, I look at this as an important life lesson that has only made me stronger. I look at my life now in a way I would have never thought possible. The things I've learned about myself and the insight I've gained on life is truly unexplainable. I am more positive and happy then I've ever been in my life even before my eating disorder. I've been able to work through my childhood issues and other underlying problems with the help of therapy. I am a freshman in high school now and it's been almost 1 year since my hospitalization. I'm an honors student, I'm Vice President of student council, I play volleyball, I have made a lot of new friends, and I even have a boyfriend. Most importantly, I am confident and I can truly say I love myself. Although things still get tough from time to time, I am fearless, and I always know that I can work through it. I no longer make up excuses, "I can't, I'm scared, I won't, maybe tomorrow"... I say I CAN and I WILL. I could say that I wish I never got sick, but then I would not be the strong, positive, well rounded individual that I am today and hope to continue to grow into as the future unfolds. I know how hard recovery can be, but I just want to encourage you to keep working hard and NEVER EVER give up. YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL AND YOU ARE WORTH IT.

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