In middle school, I didn’t look like the other girls. They were all tall and skinny and I didn't understand why I didn't look as they did. I wanted to be like them. So I started to work out more often and it started out to be a good thing. I was being healthy and eating good and I made some great progress. I didn’t see that though, I still would look in the mirror and believe I wasn’t enough and didn’t look like the other girls. So I kept going. I started to work out more and more and eat less and less. The working out would be 2-3 times a day and I would barely eat or just skip meals in general. It became this game to me to see how many calories I burned and I kept track of the food I ate with this app I had. It got so unhealthy to the point you could see every single bone in my body. My parents began to see it too and would try to help me. My friends would say wow you’ve gotten so skinny or why don’t you eat more? My parents finally said enough is enough and brought me to the hospital where I saw a therapist. She told me I had the choice of going in this direction and dying or to fight the illness and live. Even though that choice seems easy to many, it wasn't for me. It was hard for me to look at a good meal and have to eat it, I would cry because I thought it instantly would make me fat. My defining moment was the moment I waited outside of the doctor's office. I saw the girls who were on the verge of death. They were so sickly that they were in wheelchairs. It scared me, I wanted to live a long, full, and happy life with my loved ones. Right then and there I decided to choose life. It was a very hard road but I fought long and hard and with the help of my family and those health care professionals I am now better than ever. I still struggle sometimes but I came to realize that not everyone is the same and it is beautiful to know that everyone is different. My story is exactly the reason I started Truly Me. I wanted to create a better tomorrow for young adults who felt the same as I did and needed the help I did too. Striving to end the stigma of eating disorders is one of my biggest purposes in life.
What I'm doing now
Right now you ask? Well, I am a seventeen-year-old High Schooler who's got a lot going on! On top of my rigorous education, I am raising funds and awareness for Truly Me, making the super-soft trendy sweatshirts, participating in clubs, playing volleyball, preparing for Miss Maine Teen USA, and of course doing what I love which is staying healthy physically and mentally! I love sharing what I'm doing with others to hopefully inspire those as I have been also been inspired!
The Presidents Volunteer Service Award
I was blessed enough to be presented with the Gold level of the Presidents Volunteer Service Award! It wasn't anything I had expected to come out Truly Me, but I am unbelievably thankful and humbled to be given this great honor for doing something that brings me nothing but joy! Thank you to my family and friends for giving me nothing but your love and support.
Here is the link that explains the award--> https://www.presidentialserviceawards.gov/
My goal throughout the next year is to win Miss Maine Teen USA. As a well respected national platform, it would give me a united voice to inspire young women and men everywhere to know that they are uniquely enough. I fought hard to be who I am today. The strength, courage, and confidence I've found combined with the title of Miss Maine Teen USA will allow me to grow my organization, Truly Me.
Miss Maine Teen!
Miss Maine Teen USA 2020 was one of the most amazing experiences of my life! Not only did I get to rock the stage and be interviewed to show who I am and what I wanted to do with the amazing title, but I got to meet so many beautiful young women. They taught me so much throughout the whole experience. Such confident, intelligent, inspiring people who I love. I can't wait to compete in the coming year!