Hello, my name is Kirsten Fox. For a long time, I got bullied. I know you've probably heard people say that before, but it's true. It would happen at school and it would even take place in my home sometimes. One time, I got a black eye and had to go to school that way. Everyone wanted me to lie and say that I got hit in the face with a basketball, but that didn't feel right because I knew I wasn't telling the truth. Well, I was getting so bad to the point where my best friend couldn't take it; so she stopped being friends with me. I was devastated considering the fact that she was bullied herself for a long time and I ALWAYS stood up for her no matter the cost. That took place in seventh grade. When I was in 8th grade, I dated this kid for six months. Him and his friends thought it would be really funny to bully me to the point where I was unstable, and it worked. He, even being my boyfriend, would constantly call me fat and put me down. It got the point where I honestly hated myself. I was disgusted with myself as a person and I just wanted to die. I tried to take large amounts of medication to numb the pain of their words. It often got so bad that I wouldn't even be able to attend my classes. Sometimes, I would cry so hard that I had to sit in one room all day. I went into a deep depression which I am still struggling to get out of. In 6th grade, people made fun of me because of my weight. To be honest, I wasn't even overweight. The kids would make profiles of me calling me horrible names, and make pages calling me a "heifer".. It hurt so bad. I actually tried to commit suicide. I would cut myself. One day, I realized that all of this was foolish. I began teaching children with disabilities, and then I realized that sure, we're not all the same, but we're all special and beautiful in our own ways. I was hurting people around me by hurting myself. I would always put myself down, and of course, it didn't mean much to me, but there IS someone out there that YOU mean the entire world to. You are their everything. If you can't think of anyone: let me give you a hint... I AM that person for you. I can and will be that person for you. In fact, it's an absolute honor. But you are better than that. <3
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