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Weight Loss Surgery and the Unbearable Thinness of Being

I learned the quiet heartbreak of losing someone who truly understood what it meant to live in a body like mine

An eerie image of the silhouette of a person seen through frosted glass.
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I was 18 the first time I met a fat sister in arms. It was my first semester of college, and we immediately gravitated toward one another…