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Overcoming my eating disorder and past sexual abuse

My name is Mandy.  To begin, I had a family—my real biological family—up until I was three.  Then, I was put into foster care with one of my siblings.  After that, I went to live with a relative, where the abuse took place. When I was around five or six years old, I was placed with another family, who are now my adoptive parents.

For about six years, I thought nothing of the abuse, but when I turned 12 I dwelled on it. I became angry that my parents didn’t want me, that my own family abused me, and that people expected me to love and care for them.  At that time, I had a severe problem with hoarding food. I ate my feelings, I guess.  The thought that swarmed in my mind was “Why me?”  I felt worthless and began to have suicidal thoughts.

Soon I started hearing from my sister and how she felt the same way.  But she bottled her feelings up and, well, made some very bad choices.  I saw the outcome of not letting go of the past and felt ashamed.  I started surrounding myself with family and friends, the people who really love me. I realized I am worthy of love!  Although at times it starts to weigh me down, and I know it’s normal, I don’t let it overwhelm me.  I am now 14 and am coping with my life.  I have overcome being sexually abused!

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    BringitOut

    Thank you for sharing your story. I would like to let you know that you are one of the lucky ones that got adopted and still have a biological family with you.

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