Maddy's Story

On my 18th birthday I went and did something for myself


On my 18th birthday (28th June) I went and did something for myself.


Not many people will know or maybe you do know, but that doesn’t matter, the past three years of my life have been some of the most horrific years of my life.


I was admitted to hospital, diagnosed with two eating disorders, my parents separated, I lost friends, I was extremely suicidal, my body has been destroyed, scarred and beaten, I destroyed my thyroid gland & metabolism, I lost weight, I gained weight. To say I’ve been through a lot is an understatement.


So on my birthday I went and got my first tattoo. Not many people will know what the symbol means, it represents the national eating disorder association. The heart demonstrates loving concern for those suffering from eating disorders and the female body represents diversity and acceptance of all body shapes and sizes. The fluid lines of the logo also symbolise curves and motion; both are symbols of a healthy body image. I got the word beautiful printed along side the symbol because I AM BEAUTIFUL. I don’t always believe that I am beautiful but I need to remember, just like everyone else, that I am worthy of life & happiness! No one can tell someone else that they aren’t beautiful, everyone is beautiful and unique in their own way.


I chose this tattoo because it reminds me everyday that I am worthy of happiness & life.


Everyone deserves to enjoy food, living and everyone deserves to be happy!