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‘The other day I was texting a new guy and felt the need to inform him I was a bigger girl. His 5-word response shook my soul.’: Woman receives touching reminder ‘a girl isn’t her size’

“I don’t know if we’ll ever become anything more than just two strangers who exchanged words the 21st century way. But I do know one thing: I will never forget him. And when you find the winning words that make you see so clearly through the fog, you hold onto them for life. And you share them with the world, too.”

‘I hid behind my mom the 1st day of kindergarten, afraid to walk into a room of kids who did not yet know I was different.’: Woman with alopecia shares self-love journey, ‘I show up for myself’

“A close friend asked, ‘Can you be a bridesmaid at my wedding?’ I realized I couldn’t do it with my usual head coverings. The whole time at the wig shop, I cried. With each one I tried on, I felt like I was giving up, forced to resign, like I was surrendering to a new life with no hope.”

‘You sure you want to eat that? You’d be so pretty if you lost weight.’ I watched girls develop cute figures, get boobs and boyfriends, while I hid behind baggy clothes.’: Binge eating disorder warrior details emotional 140-pound weight loss journey

“I wanted so badly to fit in that when a boy I liked asked me out I was so excited I didn’t even think about it and said yes! But my excitement was short lived, only to find out he was dared to do it and said he’d never go out with a ‘lard a–‘ like me. In 2019, I was tired of not enjoying my life. I wanted to get healthy, for ME.”

Mom kisses her daughter's forehead while she smiles

‘Tell her,’ I whispered to my daughter as she pressed her body against mine. The cashier’s face lit up.’: Mom shares beautiful moment daughter learns ‘the power in raising others up’

“With a brilliant smile the cashier said, ‘You made my day.’ As I walked out of the store, holding my daughter’s hand, I stole a glance back at the young woman. Her energy was brighter now than it had been when we first entered her line. In this very moment, my daughter learned the power in raising others up.”

Mom snaps a photo of her four daughters as they walk to the bus stop for school

‘No boy? Their daddy is going to have a hard time when they are teens, watch out!’: Mom to four girls powerfully responds to gender remarks from strangers, urges ‘words matter’

“At first it didn’t bother me, the stares or the questions, but then it started to chip away at me. With each comment, my daughters would silently absorb a stranger making me feel less because we were a large family of girls. With each question, my daughters would internalize something they couldn’t yet grasp.”

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