Look for the similarities, not the differences.” How grateful I am to have gotten that message straightaway when I walked in the doors of OA. It was out of desperation that I had to do this, because the only alternative was going to be death. I came to OA looking different than most, weighing in at 42–47 kilograms (93–99 lbs), my hair slicked back so tight, my skin so pale, my eyes sunken in, bones protruding through my clothes . . . I was literally just a shadow (if I could even cast one) of the person I am today.

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