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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Risk (05/17/12)

TITLE: It's Okay To Be Me
By Esther Portalatin


It’s Okay To Be Me.
I woke to the sound of a blood pressure machine beeping loudly. I didn’t know what had happened. I was talking and then all of a sudden, I fainted. Scary, not understanding what was going on. I looked around and there was my big sister holding my hand.
“What happened? I can’t remember anything.” My sister’s loving eyes just looked at me and assured me that I was going to be okay, this time. Feeling so afraid, I began to pray and asked God to help me. Why was I here? My mind was in such a fog.
My sister quietly stated, “You took a big risk today little sis. You started a new diet and were determined to practice self control, but you took it a bit too far.” I kinda smiled a little and then everything began to unfold.
“I should have eaten a little something huh?” Being a diabetic, it wasn’t too smart of me to take a risk like that. I played with my life literally and that wasn’t a wise thing to do. Even the doctor was a bit annoyed, but no one understood what it felt like to be overweight and never feeling good. I just wanted to lose ten pounds, not much.
Everyone made fun of me and called me chubby. People just didn’t understand what I was feeling inside. Only a junior in High School and already a diabetic, I had so many health issues. The name calling hurt so deep inside and I wanted to be skinny again. I was willing to take risks that would affect my health even more, but not a smart thing to do.
Who was I going to talk to about the bullying. I didn’t fit in. I wasn’t part of that whole “ girl goes out with the school jock” thing, so I was an outcast. If only they knew me. If only they knew who I was as a person they would’ve probably treated me differently.
I hated going to school because now they would have something else to tease me about. I was never afraid to take risks, I just needed to know which ones to take. So I prayed and asked God to give me the wisdom to confront them the next time they would approach me. That meant me having to take another risk, but I was willing to stand up to them and let them know that it was okay for me to be myself. I didn’t need them to feel complete. I had Christ and in him I was complete.
Two days later, I returned to school to find them huddled in a group, laughing and pointing at me. Once again, the words chubby, fatty, the big round ball, was screamed at me. I prayed and asked God to help me keep strong and keep my Christian testimony. I ignored them and continued on my way. Out of the clear blue, this really large, I mean really full sized girl got in front of them and firmly asked, “Are you referring to me?. They were quickly silenced and sheepishly responded, “Umm, no. Sorry.” She turned to me and asked, “Were you referring to her?” Once again they quietly responded, “Um no. We were just talkin that’s all.”
I couldn’t believe it. Someone came to my defense. The girl then loudly stated, “Oh cause if you were referring to me, I’d have to take care of business. And you see that girl over there, I got her back too. So think twice next time.” She walked away from them and there they stood, in front of everyone, so embarrassed. I took a risk as I walked passed them but they put their heads down. They didn’t dare look at me or say a word.
Fitting in no longer mattered to me. I was thankful to God that he sent someone to defend me. I had never seen that girl in school nor did I ever see her again. Could she have been an angel? Wow, that was awesome.
I was so thankful to God that I learned that it was okay to simply be me.

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Millicent Njue05/25/12
Beautiful piece this. We often do not know what strength we have until we take a risk. I love it.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 05/25/12
This is a great story. You tackled two tough issues bullying and eating disorders.

I wish the ending had been a real person rather than A mysterious stranger whiles have no doubt God sends angels it's overused a bit in the literary world.

You did a nice job covering the topic in a fresh way. Your title is the perfect mantra for teen girls everywhere. This would make great reading for every Middle School Student.
C D Swanson 05/25/12
I got the chills reading this. I loved the ending...I know that angels exist and the Lord has used them in the Bible over and over, and continues to do so today.

Diabetes, a serious condition,(my niece has it since she was 2yrs old...now 43 yrs old) and trying to lose weight to "fit in" and bullying! Wow - you fit it all all, excellent job.

I felt the pain of the MC and wanted to hug her so badly...Loved the entire entry. Fantastic job.

Thanks. God bless~
Phyllis Inniss05/27/12
You covered two issues - diabetes and bullying - in your writing. I like the way you started with the sound of the machine and you just developed the story from there. It was really well done.
Mildred Sheldon05/28/12
I loved this article. Please put a space between paragraphs. It helps the reader. This was a very powerful story about being an overweight diabetic and bullying. Thank you for sharing and God bless.
Sandra Renee Hicks 05/28/12
Hi -

Thank you -

Your piece expresses something that is so important to share. Society
places too much emphasis on the outward and not nearly enough on the inner aspects of people.

Some of the famous people are pressured to conform to society's "ideals." I feel sorry for those who feel the need to conform to what is vain and often unhealthy.

Yes, God desires that we get our worth from Him. His ideals are more important than any others.

Keep being the beautiful treasure that our Lord created.