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‘No one else has the guts to tell you this, but you look like a crack addict.’ I was surrounded by a looming cloud of self-hatred.’: Woman beats lifelong battle with eating disorders, ‘I get up every day and fight for my life’

“Every time I leaned over my toilet and stuck my fingers down my throat, I would tell myself this was just what a disgusting person like me deserved. I was a shell of myself. I was too scared to kill myself. “Please don’t let me wake up.’ On the morning of my grandma’s funeral, I knew I was next.”

‘Sending people to talk to me only makes things worse.’ That was the last text I ever received from my sweet boy.’: Mom urges others to ‘break the silence’ after son’s suicide

“I walked out to my car for my lunch break and opened my phone. ‘Suicide is always a viable option,’ I read and re-read the screenshot of the Snapchat my 16-year-old son sent his ex-girlfriend that morning. He said his dad was picking him up, and that he would be okay. I thought to myself, ‘He’s going to be with his dad, he will be fine.’ I heard his dad scream. I pushed the pedal to the floorboard, and then my phone finally rang.”

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