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November 23, 2008
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From this point forward
I will not stand
to be unhappy
any longer.
I will not stand
to be broken down,
broken apart,
From this point forward
my success does not depend
on my waistline
and my strength does not depend
on my weakness.
My biggest fear is not
the nutrition label.
From this point forward
I will not worry those
who love me.
I will not look at those
with hip bones
and rib cages
and be jealous.
I will not be afraid
to eat the birthday cake
you made me.
I will not measure
every morsel as if
any more would make
it poison.
From this point forward
food is not my enemy
and Ana is not my friend.
Size zero is not beautiful
and 90 pounds is not ideal.
I am no longer
enslaved by my scale
and it is not an awful day
when I weigh enough
to donate blood.
From this point forward
the only things coming
out of my mouth will be
I will no longer be called
From this point forward
I am

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blackamethyst said...
Apr. 22, 2009 at 9:12 pm
this is amazing... even though i dont know you i feel proud that youre making this decision. youre strong.
SaraB. This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Apr. 19, 2009 at 1:21 am
You go girl! It's great that you're able to turn around your experiences into something so positive that has inspired so many people! I love it!
smmrox said...
Apr. 14, 2009 at 10:45 pm
This poem is an inspiration to me and many other young girls. Thank you.
Sarah S. This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Apr. 4, 2009 at 10:33 am
Thank you, everyone! Reading through your comments has touched me so deeply. I am so honored to have had an impact on so many women like myself. And yes, I give permission to anyone who would like to keep a copy of this for herself (on her wall, or in her purse, or on her mirror, etc.) or who would like to share it with friends. :)
francheeze88 said...
Apr. 4, 2009 at 3:17 am
You've heard this so many times already, I'm sure, but this is so beautiful and telling. I love it, and though I don't know you, I LOVE YOU!
Hannah T. said...
Apr. 3, 2009 at 11:38 pm
Oh my gosh! Thats one of the greatest and most empowering things Ive read in a while. It helped me a bit..thank you.
SarahNearol said...
Apr. 3, 2009 at 1:43 am
It was very deep and very much like a "Pledge". It describes how many people feel, and how it feels to have hope. Good job!
heidiandcody said...
Mar. 27, 2009 at 6:29 pm
beautiful. this made my day. after being called fat by my own teacher this morning. (:
Amelia P. This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Mar. 20, 2009 at 1:12 am
i loved this so much and how you didnt hold anything back. it was beautiful and i actually started to cry. good for you!
Strawberry said...
Mar. 18, 2009 at 2:17 am
That was very deep i think u are a wonderful person and u will become a even more powerful person i look up to u , i wish i was a strong and confident as u
Simplybliss said...
Mar. 17, 2009 at 4:57 pm
OMG i love it that made me tear up i just want you to know that im somebody and i love you and that had feeling you dont find stuff like taht a lot awesome
itscourtneykidds said...
Mar. 15, 2009 at 7:09 pm
This is really good. it's really inspiring to kids all over the world with eating disorders. not only is it amazing to be able to overcome something like this, but to talk about it as well. this gave me chills, so i give you kudos.
whatwehavelost said...
Mar. 14, 2009 at 9:07 pm
wow i almost started to cry noone deserves to go thro that and i am so sorry. it is so amazing your taking back what you have lost! more power to you!you may not have the best outer apperence but you sound like you have an awesome personality i wish i had a friend with as much strength as you do i loved your poem and being a size 2 i can tell you now that i am totally jealous
silver said...
Mar. 14, 2009 at 8:40 pm
AWESOME i like it, it made me think. i dont throw up but i dont eat more that one meal a day(not good i know) thank you for making me realize size 0 aint the american dream
GlitterFox said...
Mar. 9, 2009 at 12:07 am
Stunning. Thank you for writing this; it really spoke to me. As a recovered anorexic, I relate completely to everything you said. So glad to see you taking back your power. *thunderous applause*
aubrey H. said...
Mar. 6, 2009 at 3:26 am
WOW!!!!! That is DEEP! I love it it realy shows alot!
kissingdawn331 said...
Mar. 4, 2009 at 7:56 pm
that was very inspirational...maybe you should be proud of yourself....reading through these commments...look at how many people who are looking up to you ...way to take are a true leader
AlexW. said...
Mar. 3, 2009 at 9:01 pm
that's very good you've inspired many to live a life to the fullest great job
Duckie430 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Feb. 27, 2009 at 2:02 pm
this is so beautifully written,
blondie101 said...
Feb. 21, 2009 at 4:21 am
awesome! i think every girl can relate. love it!!!!!!!!!!! amazing! :D
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