I am a woman. I am a mother. I am a teacher. I am a wife. I struggled for 36 years to discover the self behind the safety an eating disorder provided me. I recently committed 6 months of my life to a treatment center for the first time in my life. While in treatment, I began to understand some of the influences my culture and the media had on my self image. Although not a sole cause for my ED, the media can definitely fuel the fire to young girls with other susceptibilities. This inspiration coupled with my passion to teach led me to this recent poem I hope to one day publish and share with other young girls as a spring board for discussion.