Hey, My name is Sofia Valdes. I’m a Panamian singer-songwriter who struggles with ADHD and Anxiety.
Photo credited to CJ Harvey
This submission explores relationships with food as a teenager and how these problems are universal. As a disabled teen, my biggest displeasure was not with my health or abilities but sadly with my physical appearance, as a lot of other teenage girls struggle. In this short story I discuss how I learned to skip over my problems and this manifested to skipping meals and at the time it was the perfect solution. However when faced with the problem of healing, skipping meals was detrimental and so to heal myself I had to heal my relationship with food.
Just a quick preface to this story and a major trigger warning for sexual assault / trafficking. There are depths and details to this story which I will not be able to disclose. I’ve come forward with this story publicly with too many details that left me feeling raw and potentially in danger, and I appreciate the respect of my privacy in advance.