Dad, don't cry!! I'm at a healthier weight now, not to mention I've come to love myself for who I am.
Before you see where you'll be staying, what I said earlier was about eating disorders, similar to Anorexia. People share their stories here as they recover from food restrictions or food rituals.
There's more people out there struggling with their relationship with food but have different disorders?
The next day in the outdoors
Hey there, Nova. Considering I've never had friends, I don't know how to give you a response besides let's see.
Hi, I'm Nova! I heard there was a Maia joined us so I hope we could be friends!
I'm finally home with my dad now. I've made more friends and kept in contact with Nova. But most importantly, I've accepted myself through this journey.
It was a little hard to not think about it while swallowing a bite but we did do it, even if it was just one!
Was deciding on a doughnut the brightest idea? No, but it was better than the rest. We can do it!
For once knowing that I'd be with people who have been dealing with the same thing, made me feel a lot less alone.
In front of the entrance to the park
Wait.. this whole time Nova has been prevented me from going back to my old patterns with my body and food because he wanted to teach me how to reach out!
Nova was the first friend I made. He turned out to be around my age and has been there the longest out of everyone because he'd relapse with his eating behaviors.
Hangout back in the first hospital
Maia! How have you been? Has anything been bothering you?
Hi, Dr, Eden! I'm actually doing a lot better now. Getting to a healthier weight is my goal. Sometimes, I find it hard not to obsessively check my weight but I know I'll get better.
As time went on, we hung out more often. Both of us would even help each other out by trying out one of our fear foods together every day.
It suddenly hit me. Nova actually cared about my eating disorder and understood it from my perspective when everyone else had urged me to eat more. I hadn't thought about picking at every part of my body since I had become friends with him.
From then on, I decided I was going to take my recovery seriously. I followed the meal plan they gave me, was prescribed some medications and attended therapy twice a week. It was the start to loving myself.