Hi! My name is Abby (Abigail) and I am 14 years old. I was adopted from China when I was five. I am raised in a Christian home. I believe in Jesus and go to church. I have had a very challenging life. To top it off I was born without a right foot. So in school I was the weird kid who everybody thought I was some kind of robot because I had a metal/plastic leg. I was always outgoing and should never let those words get to the best of me. Then as the years went by a girl from my class started bullying me for no reason at all and my mom kept saying “she’s just jealous of you.” I never thought someone old be jealous of me because I was a “robot.” She was verbally abusive for three years then my mom homeschooled my sister Hannah and I since we were being bullied a lot.
Everything went down hill from there. I hated myself and I wanted to change my appearance and everything. I had the anorexia voices for a long time. [One time] our friends from church invited me to go to Kansas with them since I was really close to one of their daughters. I soon began asking about my stomach, if is was big and fat. So the father called me “PBAbby” during the trip. I thought it meant peanut butter Abby because I loved peanut butter. I asked them what it meant and they said it meant “Pot Belly Abby.” It really hit me that I was truly “fat” and that I needed to lose weight.
I asked God why he made me “fat” and I was angry at him for my body and my leg. I soon stopped eating and developed near-to-death eating disorder. I had anxiety and depression. My family thought I was going to die. I have been in two treatment facilities. My relationship with God was drifting apart. I wouldn’t read my bible because I was angry at God and asking him for this “perfect skinny body.”
I am now at home recovering from anorexia. I am 3 months in recovery and I am starting to accept my body and thankful that God saved my life from this horrible illness. I am happier and healthier. I hope this will help other people with this illness, that you are not alone and it is so worth it to be in recovery. You might be scared to take the road of recovery, but just take little steps and you will get there. God Bless!
From ImAFighter: If you are being bullied (verbally or physically) by anyone (a child or an adult), do not hesitate to tell a trusted adult immediately. You are amazing, just like Abby, and deserve to be treated with love and respect.