Hi, my name is Sarah and I am so happy to be able to participate in "Merrick's Walk" I remember at a very early age being aware of my body. I would constantly compare my self to other people and somewhere along the way I got the message that "thinner is better" In High School my friend Lindsay and I decided to go on a diet to lose some weight before the upcoming school dance. I thought that if I lost weight I would feel better about myself. As it turned out the exact opposite happend. Before I knew it I was in the chains of a full blown eating disorder. Counting every calorie consumed and every calorie burned. The first thing I did in the morning was weigh myself and that number would always determine how my day would be. That number on the scale would determine weather or not I was "good", "worthy, "acceptable." It ruled my life and as I watched that number get smaller and smaller I also watched my world crash down around me. In October of 2013 I entered treatment for my eating disorder. I was there for about 6 months and it was there that I began to learn how to love myself. I learned (and am still learning) to love myself for the reasons why other people love me. I am compassionate and care so deeply for others. I am sometimes intense but always with good intentions. I make mistakes and THATS OKAY. It doesn't mean I'm inadequate. It means I'm human.
I would like to thank my family for being there for me through all of this. I would not be here today if it wasn't for them. Thank you Mom, Dad, Jessie, Katie and Chris. I know I don't say it enough but I love you. Also to my friends who have shown me what true friendship is. I can't thank you all enough for sticking by my side and supporting me even when you didn't have too.
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