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You don’t define me.

September 10, 2009
By Gracie_xoxo_hon BRONZE, South Dartmouth, Massachusetts
Gracie_xoxo_hon BRONZE, South Dartmouth, Massachusetts
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In the mirror I see a face starring back at me. I look into her blue eyes and ask her why she can’t be perfect.
“Skin’s too pale,” I tell her, “hair’s too frizzy”.
She never speaks in her own defense. Standing there for no more than an hour, we lock eyes, and I make sure she knows she’s not pretty. I make sure she knows she’s not skinny. Who else is going to tell her if I don’t?

In the mirror I see a small white dress hanging on her emaciated frame. She’s paler than I remember.
“A little tanning time is in order” I explain to her.
I can see her starting to get upset, so I leave the room. I leave her trapped in the mirror; I leave my imperfections and insecurities with her.

I walk down the stairs. On my way to the kitchen the first step creeks, then the second, and then the third.
“I guess I’m not as hungry as I thought. If I lose another 5 pounds, the stairs won’t creek as I walk to and from my room.”
Maybe I’m right, I think t myself, and maybe the stairs won’t creek anymore. Maybe I’m wrong; I make a mental “pro/con” list. The “pros” won me over, no breakfast today. I pour myself a cup of coffee, and leave for school without packing a lunch.

The author's comments:
Im writing a book about my struggle and recovery from anorexia nervosa. I would like your feedback on this. I also would like to say throughout my recovery, i have come to realize being skinny is not worth the psychological strain, physical ailment, or emotional pain. This disease is a life long struggle, not a lifestyle.

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jessbabeee said...
on Sep. 30 2009 at 12:20 am
this made me really emotional, because it's what i go through everyday, some days are better than others and i'm trying to get a grasp on reality. thankyou for writing this, it really helped me today.