Here is one young woman’s first-person account of how she conquered her body issues and regained her confidence at ELEM’s A Real Home - Bayit Amiti program:
“I am on a journey that is not only about my weight or external beauty. It is to destroy the barriers that I put up to protect me and cope. I know they have also held me back all of these years. They gave me the opportunity to hide. I just returned from a 6-mile run and a bicycle ride. Who would have believed that it is me in the picture below? It’s amazing where I am today compared to where I’ve been.
After a long period of time on this journey of self-discovery, I am discovering places that until now I was unable to reach. I fought with my body, with my soul and with everything I had. How can a girl like me run with such a body and so much weight? It took me time, but now I am beginning to believe in myself, believe in a body that can run and accomplish because of the amazing support and guidance from ELEM’s social workers at A Real Home – Bayit Amiti.
Even with support, the journey isn’t easy. Some are jealous of me for my weight loss, but I don’t pay attention. I am discovering myself and it is difficult to get used to this new body. I am learning to embrace and nurture my body, and not hurt it anymore. I am searching for myself inside my body, fighting to find the connection between the body and soul.
A Real Home – Bayit Amiti is a safe place where I needed to make a choice, and let these people help me! To choose to get better for myself! That is the hardest part. To figure out how to accomplish my goals on this journey. To climb the mountain, get wounded, and still ask for help. Sometimes it is incomprehensible to think that I need the help, but yes, both you and I can do it. Everyone can do it.”