• 9 years old
  • New Canaan, Connecticut


  • 33 years old
  • Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Office Manager

My Story...

The summer between 2nd and 3rd grade my family moved to New Canaan, Connecticut. I had really thick hair and my Mom couldn’t get it to stay curled so she decided to perm it. It was a very tight perm and I ended up with hair shaped like a triangle. New school plus the hair made me an easy target for bullies. We moved twice in the next two years and I started a new school in 5th grade. I am a very tall girl and always have been and I was a bit overweight starting my new school, this did not make for a good combination. I had kids line the sidewalk and pretend an earthquake was happening as I walked by. Junior High was pretty bad as well, I had a few kids that started bullying me and they would start mooing at me as I walked from class to class. By the end of 8th grade the entire hallway would join in I ended up switching schools for 9th grade because it had gotten so bad. I never told my parents and chose to suffer in silence making up other reasons for switching schools. Somewhere around my sophomore year I was finished with being bullied. I had a few friends at this point and decided to pretend it didn’t bother me. ‘Fake it till you make it’ became my new way of living. One day I realized I was no longer faking it. I truly didn’t care what mean people thought. Now 25 years after my first bullying experience I am confident in who I am and if you don’t like me I don’t care. I care deeply for those that care about me and while I still struggle with weight I am happy with the person I have become. I have a sign in my kitchen that says ‘Fake It Till You Make It’ as a reminder of how far I’ve come.


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  6. Leslie says: November 26, 2013 • 21:28:05

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