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Kelsie Story

Kelsie’s Journey to Truly Accepting Herself and Fighting Anxiety, Age: 21

I struggled with my weight when I was 15 years old. I was diagnosed with anorexia.

What have you struggled with? When did it become too much?

I struggled with my weight when I was 15 years old. I was diagnosed with anorexia. I still battle with anxiety. And weight will always be an issue for me. But I went through something that helped me overcome it.

 

What kind of support did you get at first? Did it work?

I was sent to Egleston Hospital in Atlanta. The nutritionist tried to help me get over my calorie intake. I wasn’t consuming the right amount of nutrients that my body needed. It did not help until I was sent off somewhere that scared the life out of me. It is a long story.

Were there any turning points where things really started to change for the better?

The turning point for me was when I was laying in the hosptial bed, and seeing everyone from my school post stuff on my facebook page. My family crying over me and praying over me. God really spoke to me. He has a purpose for my life, and I was killing myself.

What’s your life like now? What have you been able to accomplish, and what are you working towards?

My life right now seems a little messy. I have so many gifts and talents, and a story that I’ve wanted to share for a while. But I let fear control my life. I struggle with anxiety. I have attacks sometimes. I am trying to overcome my anxiety, but sometimes it gets overwhelming. I am working toward helping girls. Or people in general, who struggle with the same thing as I do. God allowed me to go through what I went through at the age 15 for a reason.

What would you say to people who are having a tough time? What’s helped you that you wish you had known earlier

I would say, no one’s opinion of you should matter. I know people can be mean, and I know that words can hurt. I know things seem hard, I know sometimes you may want to hide and run away. I know there are so many things to stress about. God created everyone, differently. Do not compare yourself to ANYONE. Everyone’s body types were made differently. Everyone is unique and beautiful in their OWN way. Know that you are SO loved. God loves you so much and has a purpose for your life. TRUST in Him, ALWAYS.