self-image

Clay's Story "I Accepted It As Me"

Clay's Story "I Accepted It As Me"

This path of continued discovery allowed myself to be vulnerable with others around me. This path may have looked silly to some but it was an act that allowed me to catch people smiling and enjoying difference. What this act was all started from a desire to just embrace who I was as an individual. 

Read Clay's story HERE.

Cindy and Will's Story "Bald is Beautiful"

Cindy and Will's Story "Bald is Beautiful"

We try to teach Will that he is just the way God made him and that "bald is beautiful". Unfortunately, he's 9-years-old and only wants to look like his peers.  Will has social anxiety and bites on his fingers and his skin until it bleeds.

Read Will and Cindy's story HERE.

Eli's Story "The Challenging Gift"

Eli's Story "The Challenging Gift"

He's often VERY hard on himself -- severe perfectionism to the point that he frequently calls himself the "worst kid in the world" because he's "always messing up everything." We have a very loving home, so it's heartbreaking to hear these things come out of his mouth even though we tell him frequently that he's smart, God has big plans for him, and we love him unconditionally.

Read "The Challenging Gift" HERE.

Brenna's Story "Inside My Fishbowl"

Brenna's Story "Inside My Fishbowl"

"I have been told that my mind should be stronger than the anxiety, that my feelings and fears had no legitimate source and were therefore not worthy of acknowledgement or consideration. I think it is difficult for people who do not know this struggle personally to understand how real it is. The obsessions and compulsions; the nausea, shaking, heart palpitations, and blurred vision; the weakness, numbness, and tingling—it is all real; I feel it."

Read "Inside My Fishbowl" HERE.

KRISTA'S STORY "CHAPTER 1 - HOPE"

KRISTA'S STORY "CHAPTER 1 - HOPE"

"Strip away all those things that you believe define you. Or, maybe not define you entirely, but rather identify you. Strip away those things that you believe characterize you--the good qualities that you are prideful of."

READ MORE ABOUT KRISTA'S STORY HERE.

Jake's Story "Content"

Jake's Story "Content"

"I think we're all told what we are most of the time, and eventually, that's who we think we are."

Read Jake's full story HERE.

Lydia's Story "Potential For Love"

Lydia's Story "Potential For Love"

"I’ve spent a huge portion of my life thus far suffocating my potential for love with envy. I remember being eleven years old, overweight, and wanting to be as thin as the girls I went to school with."

Read Lydia's complete story HERE.

Brandy's Story "Pathways To Healing"

Brandy's Story "Pathways To Healing"

"What has manifested for me that has been so amazing? Part of my healing now is learning to speak my truth and seeing my complete authentic self. I have worn rose colored sunglasses for a long time. It was my way of hiding. I am becoming who I was meant to be."

Read "Pathways to Healing" HERE.

Bryn's Story "I Am Beautiful"

Bryn's Story "I Am Beautiful"

Some days I cannot stand the way I look and the weight I have gained in treatment; looking in a mirror is almost painful. But other days, I look in the mirror and truly think I am beautiful.

Read Bryn's story HERE.

KEVIN AND PETRA'S STORY "JUDGMENT"

KEVIN AND PETRA'S STORY "JUDGMENT"

"People look at us differently; it's like they think all the homeless people are bad."

WATCH KEVIN AND PETRA'S SHORT FILM HERE.

 "I could place all the blame on self image.  Acne scars, pasty white skin, fake hair, fat arms, fat stomach. I truly hated myself."    READ MORE ABOUT SAYLOR   HERE.

"I could place all the blame on self image. Acne scars, pasty white skin, fake hair, fat arms, fat stomach. I truly hated myself."

READ MORE ABOUT SAYLOR HERE.