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Alyssa - 17 - georgia, usa
[drawn by @_aliciachiang
“when i was in the 6th grade my body began to develop i got hips and i got b***s which looked so incredibly strange to me. i had never seen my body look so different and i hated it. i never knew what an eating disorder was, i just assumed if you didn’t eat then you lost weight, i had no clue about the health issues and emotional stress that came with it. i stopped eating slowly, weaning myself from it. the smell of food began to make me sick after time. i began obsessively working out until my body was so weak i could barely walk home. i would throw up stomach acid in the morning time, and by the afternoon i would be throwing up foam from how empty my stomach was.
when i reached about 8th grade i realized what was wrong with me and in an attempt to stop what i had already started i fell into a deep hole of self hatred, no matter how hard i worked i still couldn’t look into my mirror and see who i wanted to be. i started cutting myself and on march 27th, 2014 a day before my birthday i tried to take my life. i was in the icu until the 29th and was sent to a facility later on called lighthouse where i met amazing people who i wish i could thank for saving my life.
due to the pain i inflicted on my body, i still to this day have terrible stomach problems and scars that may never heal. my mind is finally healthy and i am finally happy. my past was difficult but it made me the confident person i am today.“ subject: alyssa
artist: alicia chiang
medium: ink and pencil
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