This is a truly inspirational story!
De Rossi had reached a point where she weighed only 82 pounds, took up to 20 laxatives per day, worked out for hours on end, and was surviving on 150 calories per day, and had basically almost killed herself.
De Rossi had developed a variety of health issues, including osteoporosis, cirrhosis of the liver, organ failure, and Lupus.
After the diagnosis of her health issues, De Rossi began to eat again, but became a compulsive eater, who gained 85 pounds in a single year.
Then Portia met Ellen, fell in love with her, and was inspired by her.
Here's what Portia had to say about how Ellen saved her:
"Ellen has taught me not to care about other people's opinions."
More from Portia:
"Ellen saw a glimpse of my inner being from underneath the flesh and bone, reached in and pulled me out."
Ellen's lesson for Portia is a valid one that we can all benefit from. It's important to feel good about yourself as a person.
You shouldn't focus on how others will perceive you, but rather how you feel about yourself physically, mentally, AND emotionally.
Remember - emotional and mental health are just as important as physical health!
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