In 2010 my dance school was invited to perform in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. I was overcome with joy at the thought of being able to perform on national television in front of millions of people. When I arrived in New York City, I was constantly feeling judged and that I wasn’t pretty enough to be where I was and perform for millions. When I returned home from the parade I joined an anonymous social media website and received comments such as “you’re fat!” and I believed it. I stopped taking my insulin to lose weight and binge eating to make my body work harder to lose more weight. I did this for eight months, hiding it from my family and friends. I tried to stop, but couldn’t. I became extremely ill with a condition known as ketoacidosis; my blood was literally turning to acid.
In the summer of 2011 I was diagnosed with Diabulima, a diabetic eating disorder. I was admitted to Alcott’s eating disorder program at Children’s Hospital in Boston. For the next 10 days I was put on a strict diet and a nurse controlled my insulin intake. While I was not happy to be there, by the third day I realized what I had been doing to my body. I was able to build a strong relationship with my roommate, who was the same age as I was, and we were able to help each other. This program supported me in realizing that I need to be strong and confident and that I can achieve anything with a positive attitude. Upon entering Alcott, my A1C (average. glucose blood level) was at a frightening 15.9, they had not seen one above 14. Today... [continues]
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