Remembering Autumn

therinamartinsWriter and Friend
Autoplay OFF  •  a year ago

Remembering Autumn

by therinamartins

Autumn was a girl.

She was normal. She had a family. She had friends. She went to school and faced all the problems we face today. But there was one thing different. One thing that made her secretly stand out.

She was bulimic.

Bulimia is an eating disorder where the person binge eats before putting it all out soon after. It is far more common today than many people know.

She wanted to be perfect.

She saw how perfect the bodies of famous people were and she wanted to be like them. She wanted to have that perfect bod. She wanted to have people admire her for it. But she chose a danger.

She hid it from everyone.

Even her family didn't know. She soon began to lose weight fast. She was happy.

But the side affects came quickly.

She was always tired. She didn't have the strength she used to have. She found concentrating difficult. Her grades took a drastic dip. She even had a fainting bout in school.

But she waved it off.

No pain no gain, right?

She ended up in the hospital one day.

The doctors told her parents everything. She was ashamed. But there was no way back. She had gone too far for too long. And she had a very small time left.

She died three weeks later.

Her body shut down organ by organ. She never knew it would be so painful to get what she wanted. Or the price she would have to pay.

But right before she died...

Her mother told her something.

She was perfect.

She shouldn't have thought that she wasn't, because she actually was. She was unique. She was funny. She was caring. She was thoughtful. She was a loyal friend.

To all Bulimics,

It's not over for you. You can still make it out in time. Don't be like Autumn, who only realized her true beauty before she died. Live while you can. You're perfect. You're beautiful.

You're you.

And there will never be another you again.

Stories We Think You'll Love
therinamartinsSilver CommaWriter and Friend
a year ago
Blue Lillyflower
Please vote!I really need this mentorship!

therinamartinsSilver CommaWriter and Friend
a year ago
Violets & Guns

therinamartinsSilver CommaWriter and Friend
a year ago
Little Things Matter

sydneyVerifiedco-creator of Commaful
a year agoReply
this is so beautiful, i know this will touch a lot of people. it's a problem that's far too common :(

therinamartinsSilver CommaWriter and Friend
a year agoReply
@lisa, exactly!

lisaSilver CommaCats
a year agoReply
Live while you can. You are perfect ❤️

therinamartinsSilver CommaWriter and Friend
a year agoReply
@bernardtwindwil , thank you, sir. Karen Carpenter had anorexia nervosa, and died from a heart failure due to this disorder. She died at a fresh age of 32 in 1983. (for anyone wondering) I had a friend who, thanks to God, was able to get out in time. But she was scarred for life, as her mind kept trying to go back to its past state. Important issues should be worthy enough to be talked about. Maybe someone reading this is passing through the same scenario...

bernardtwindwilGold CommaGranddad & story teller,
a year agoReply
You sweet girl! There was a fabulous singer, Karen Carpenter, who had the voice of an angel. She strived for the perfect Euro-North American mass media body. She died at the height of her career. Your story conjures up so many thoughts of these people whose soul's yearned for a perfection that killed their body. You have such a beautiful mind to bring up the issues you write about. This was another moving piece.

therinamartinsSilver CommaWriter and Friend
a year agoReply
@adritadroy thank you

adritadroyBronze CommaI am a lover of language, are you?
a year agoReply