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My name is Lori .This is my world.

Ever since I was a little girl, I loved to dance. It's what I lived for. My parents were always fighting at home. Dancing became my escape from home and from my pain. In high school I started dancing 40-50 hours every week. To get principle roles in ballets we were told to lose weight. Our instructor weighed us every month. I began to see myself as imperfect and ugly. I stopped eating. I constantly lied to everyone about my disorder. I felt hopeless and trapped.

By the end of high school, I weighed 85 lbs. [picture] I knew that I was dying. But my obsession with dance was fueling the anorexia. If I didn't have dance, what else was there to live for? I thought about giving up. I wanted to die.

My aunt and uncle had started to go to church. They knew that I was searching for answers. One day my uncle gave me a book about Jesus. Reading it, I discovered a reason to hope for a better life. I learned that God loves me and accepts me for who I am. He doesn't expect me to be perfect. He just wants me to come to Him for forgiveness. I found a way to start over. I wanted to live for Him.

When I went to college I found Christian friends. I knew that if I wanted to live I could not hide my eating disorder. I had to talk about it. I had to tell my friends “Hey, I didn't eat this week, would you please make sure to come to dinner with me?

My friends where there for me and prayed for me every day while I ate. Within three months, I gained 30 pounds. I felt like I had been reborn –given a new life.

I had always hated looking in the mirror and my love of dance nearly destroyed my body. But the joy I found in the Lord has transformed every part of my being. I now dance in a way that I never had before. I know that God wants me to use dance to share my story with others. I know that He wants me to live a long life. I can now look at myself in the mirror and know that I am beautiful in God's eyes.

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