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I’ve always been a loner, happy in my own company, where I write, create, talk to myself, and can completely be myself with no mask, no pretenses, and no judgement. I had been a misfit throughout my life, always extremely self-conscious around other people. In the company of others, I would feel an element of forced politeness and false cheerfulness; afterwards, I’d feel drained and need to recover. For many years, I’d chosen food over friendships, preferring to stay at home in safety with the only thing I could be myself with—food. I began using food to avoid most situations, and

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