How I got Help

How I got Help

A Story by Crazycatgirl_10
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This is a story of my struggles with anorexia.

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I step on the scale, squeezing my eyes shut, afraid of the number that is going to show up. Slowly I open them just enough to read that number that my life is centered around. It says 117, that’s three pounds lost since that last time I stepped on the scale on Tuesday. Today is Friday.

I’m junior in high school, a volleyball and soccer player. I get good grades, and am active in other school activities besides sports. People tell me what a great person I am. I smile and nod my head like I’m expected too, maybe say thank you, but I’m screaming on the inside, "No don’t you see? I’m such a fat loser." If only people could read my mind.

I step off the scale and exit the bathroom. I go into my bedroom and curl up on my bed. My room is the only place where I can truly be alone. I think about calling my closest friend, Brooke, a woman so close she’s like a sister to me but I don’t. She tries to help and understand, but she doesn’t truly understand my battle. Nobody understands my battle.

My mom calls me down for dinner. I got a small plate, putting tiny portioned amounts on it. My mom doesn’t question this behavior like usual. She doesn’t seem to notice that my portions have been getting smaller and smaller. She doesn’t truly know how little I really am eating. At school I eat only a small amount of food my mom packs for me. I eat quickly, then return to my room.

Two days later it’s Sunday and youth group time. This youth group is different, today is the day of the Christmas program. I am in it, barely, health issues from this disease almost prevented me from participating. I guess it was only my stubbornness that allowed me. Food is lined up across the entire gym. I can feel my eyes widen at the sight and I stand there motionless. My friends ask if I’m okay. I do not answer.

Brooke sees me and knows what is going on. She takes me out of the room and tries to talk to me. I can’t answer and run upstairs. She follows me up the stairs and into the room I settle into. She tries to help me, but I can’t respond well. My panic attack is all too fresh in my mind. She leaves me in the room, knowing that eventually my youth group will return to change for our skit.

My youth group returns, but I am still sitting in silence. I barely talk to them, something way out of the norm for me. We move back into the gym and wait along the back wall. The table of food is right in front of me. I feel my brain go blank for the second time that night. Eventually we get up on stage and perform the skit. I do my part right, but my mind is focused on the food in the back. The skit is over, the audience claps, and we get off the stage. I start off walking quickly, but once I get to the back of the room, I run. I can’t get out of there fast enough.

I go back to the room, and sit by myself again and wait for everyone to get back. Everyone returns, but I still don’t talk. I can’t talk. Everything is just too much. Soon it’s only me and Brooke in the room. I am going to her house to wait for my mom tonight. My sister has a band concert which my mom wanted to go to. She tells me that she is going to go downstairs and help pick up the gym. I stay in the room for a little bit, but go downstairs when the silence of the room starts to overwhelm me.
I walk around the gym. Fake smiling at people that say hello. Respond in any other way that is needed. The food is being packed up, but my anxiety is still so overwhelming. My mentor, Ron sees me, and says hello. I fake smile and him and say something back but then drop my head and walk around again.

Throughout the next ten minutes of being in the room Ron tries to get me to talk. He knows that something is wrong. He knows of my disease, my anorexia. He has tried to get me to talk to his niece, Katie, who is a counselor. He sees my five foot eight inch body and sees how thin I am. He tells me this all the time. I always tell him that I can’t gain weight. It’s just too hard.

Finally, everyone starts to leave. I am standing next to Brooke and Ron near the door, not talking. Ron asks if I need prayer. I nod yes, still unable to talk. I start to walk up the stairs, with Ron and Brooke following close behind.
We sit down on a couch, one on each side of me. I’m breathing heavily. This is just too much for me. We talk for a little bit, and finally I break down and start crying, something that I don’t usually do. Ron asks, “Will you talk to Katie?”

After a couple of seconds I whisper, “Yes.”

© 2015 Crazycatgirl_10



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dan
I just joined the Dangerous Micro Fiction group, and yours is the first story I've read other than Riley's. It damn near had me crying. Having a psych disorder myself (bipolar) means that, though I don't really understand what you are going through, I understand the stigma of mental illness. So we're in the same church, just different pews. I'm also trained and work for a crisis intervention hotline. If you ever need to talk about an instance that you don't want to make public, please feel free to message me. take care, crazycatgirl_10...dan

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Crazycatgirl_10

2 Years Ago

Thank you. :) I mainly wrote this to ezpress what it's like to live with mental disease. I feel like.. read more



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Reaching out and naming the problem is a bold and courageous step, a huge giant step in fact. My hope and prayer is that your recovery continues and that your message will be a help to others.

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There Are people out there who under understand your battle! Trust me. I most likely don't, and many people who also suffer from anorexia even, but you'll meet more more than a few people who do. Try to stay open to the possibility so that you can see them for who they are :)

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Crazycatgirl_10

2 Years Ago

Thanks so much :)
SonOfaSailor

2 Years Ago

The Lord wills it !
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dan
I just joined the Dangerous Micro Fiction group, and yours is the first story I've read other than Riley's. It damn near had me crying. Having a psych disorder myself (bipolar) means that, though I don't really understand what you are going through, I understand the stigma of mental illness. So we're in the same church, just different pews. I'm also trained and work for a crisis intervention hotline. If you ever need to talk about an instance that you don't want to make public, please feel free to message me. take care, crazycatgirl_10...dan

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Crazycatgirl_10

2 Years Ago

Thank you. :) I mainly wrote this to ezpress what it's like to live with mental disease. I feel like.. read more
This one's engaging and quite touching. I feel you, it is indeed hard to battle such disease. However, great job in forcing yourself to become brave enough to admit that there's something wrong. Thanks for sharing! I consider this as a good read.

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Crazycatgirl_10

2 Years Ago

Thank you. :)
Lavender Soya

2 Years Ago

My pleasure. :-)
Smoothly narrated story with a bold message. Very well done! Loved it! Thanks for sharing!☺

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Crazycatgirl_10

2 Years Ago

Thank you so much :)
This is beautiful. I almost want to cry.

There are so many people who deal with this, and you...you told their story also.

Something others wouldn't or couldn't dare to do .

You're truly an inspirational person.

Good read. Amazing. x



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Crazycatgirl_10

2 Years Ago

Wow thank you so much. :)
We find it very difficult to open up to people concerning our personal problems.People don't understand we feel.Or in some cases they ill advise us.My self I don't have a lot of knowledge about anorexia but I understand it is often debilitating .So glad help was offered and finally accepted.Life is too short for all the falseness of emotions we sometimes display.Reminds me of the old Gary Lewis and the playboys song,"Everybody Loves a Clown"Or Smokey Roberson's "Tears of a Clown". I usually don't read stories but for some reason I was drawn to this one in particular.Thanks for sharing God bless.


Bill

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Crazycatgirl_10

2 Years Ago

Thank you :)
W R Stowe

2 Years Ago

Your very welcome
I admire your bravery with this story. I feel the way things are with magazines, actors and models create this false concept of beauty. Many of us have this identity crisis. This subject is a big issue and it can lead down some slippery slopes. Very addicive read, I enjoyed it a lot.

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Crazycatgirl_10

2 Years Ago

Thank you. :)
it's beautifully written.. all emotions she had are well described... felling of being left behind still feel crowded and suffocated ....... this is very wonderful story well done...

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Crazycatgirl_10

2 Years Ago

Thank you for reading :)
This was well written and I will keep you in my prayer my talented friend!

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Crazycatgirl_10

2 Years Ago

Thank you so much :)
A. Amos

2 Years Ago

You're most welcome my friend..

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