This is me. This is my body. This is who I am. I asked photographer Chelsee Taylor to work with me in challenging my eating disorder and, together, show how beautiful I am.
Growing up an aspiring fantasy author, I studied the many paths my characters could take. As a character in my own personal epic, mental illness was just another quest: something to overcome and move past. I did not just reject the idea that mental illness could be an ongoing journey, I completely ignored any consideration of it.
I’ll say this to you, but can’t say this to me: you are strong, you are fierce, you are capable.
I’ll say this to you, but never to me: I believe in you, I love you, you can do this.