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If I told I had cancer

I could tell everyone in school

Without any fear

There would be races

T-shirts, bake sales

Guess how many bandanna’s are in the jar

A deadly

Horrible disease

But I would have support

If I told I had an eating disorder

I would be mocked

You can’t do that

I would be shunned

Just like the plague

Pushed away

A freak

A weirdo





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inksplatters21 said...
Sept. 21, 2010 at 3:29 pm
I  AGREE.  People absolutely do not understand.  Eating disorders have higher death rates than some forms of cancer. 
 
musicgirl757 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Nov. 20, 2010 at 4:05 pm
Really? I didn't know that. I'm glad you agree with me; more people need to know this.
 
nicolemarie said...
Jul. 29, 2010 at 8:11 pm
The message is very true. I had never thought about it like that. Many people would never understand unless they have been there though. They often think it's just a phase or for attention. They don't realize how, just like a physical disease, it affects your every day life as well as those around you and can even kill you. It's more real and painfull than many people will ever realize. For many people it is their life and it's NOT a choice or preference. It's a mental illness.
 
musicgirl757 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Nov. 20, 2010 at 4:05 pm
Thank you! I agree so much and I'm glad youl liked this.
 
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