"What are we going to dress up like for Halloween?"
When Samantha asked her new friend, Ashley, this question, she didn't expect Ashley's weird response. The two friends were walking side by side down the hallway toward the lunch room. Ashley stopped and almost got plowed down by a line of fifth graders rushing into the cafeteria. If they kept standing there with Ashley staring at her, they were going to end up at the end of the lunch line. Which wouldn't be such a big deal if it wasn't pizza day. The cafeteria always ran out of pizza and those at the end of the line got reheated leftovers from the day before. If Ashley didn't get moving, they were going to be eating mushy corndogs.
"Have you gotten your monthly gift yet?"
The first time a classmate asked me this, I was in fifth grade and I thought something awesome would come my way. Did somebody enroll me in the chocolate-of-the-month club? I could hardly wait to receive the Reece Cups and Snickers bars.
And then I got it. The monthly gift that is, and it wasn’t chocolate.
When my friend Emily was your age, she struggled with a disorder called anorexia. Anorexia is an emotional disorder in which people become obsessed with losing weight, and they refuse to eat. As you know, we need nutrients from food to keep us healthy. If a body doesn't get nutrients, a person is at risk of dying, and this is what happened to Emily. Emily almost died.
See, Emily didn't feel good about herself, and she sure didn't feel beautiful. However, Emily fought against this disorder, and now, one of Emily's passions is educating others about anorexia and the beauty that comes from God.
Today, Emily agreed to a short interview.