Hi, I'm Lauren. I am a happy-go-lucky, outgoing, loving girl with an upbeat since of humor. My eating disorder nearly took all of this away from me. I was stuck in it for so long, mostly due to the fact that I lied, denied, and pushed people far away. I didn't want to admit to others or myself that I needed help. I was able to stay secluded in my eating disorder for so long mostly because I didn't "look" like I had n eating disorder. The common misconception is that individuals will look like skeletal, emaciated ghosts. An eating disorder doesn't care if you are tall, short, skinny, pudgy, rich, or poor. It will suck the life out of you, literally and figuratively. After struggling with behaviors for over 10 years, I landed in the hospital. Twice. After the second time, I decided to check myself into treatment in North Carolina at Carolina House. This blog is for two purposes: To tell my story, and to make sure that others, no matter what you look like, don't have to struggle for as long as I did. Treatment seems scarier than it actually is. It, quite honestly, was the best decision I've made, and the friends I made there are life long.