It is usually really hard to maintain a good shape. You either doing sports professionally or have to devote yourself to regular exercises. Society trained us to consider fat as something ugly and shameful. Many of us strive to fit into standards of beauty at any cost just to be approved by other people. The same happened to Stephanie Cano.
She tried to be loved like anyone else
Stephanie is now a 30-year-old woman who made it through some horrible pressure and bullying regarding her body. It all started when she lost 150 lbs. and wrote all the negative things people used to tell her on her stomach. The girl quickly became viral, and with such attention, she got all sorts of comments under her photos.
There were some people who encouraged and praised Stephanie, but others started accusing her of photoshopping her pictures. The girl says:
I got death threats, and people said I should go kill myself because I’m pathetic. They thought that I was a liar and a fraud when I was just trying to be loved and accepted like anyone else.
Depression and crisis
After all the bullying she gained back 150 lbs. she had lost previously. She couldn’t handle the pressure and felt the need to shut down her Instagram account completely and sought help from a therapist. Although it was an almost unbearable experience for Stephanie, she is thankful it happened:
It made me a much stronger individual and a much stronger woman. In hindsight, it made me comfortable with who I am and regardless of what people think of me, what really matters is what I think of myself.
She overcame the trauma.
Stephanie Cano reopened her account and made a post with her photos before and after, and explanation of what happened to her in these months.
Opening up in Instagram helped me open up in real life. Having the strength to do that in front of thousands of people I don’t know has given me the strength to do that with the people I do know. There’s a sense of freedom and peace when you can show the world who you are without fear of being ridiculed. I’m comfortable with myself.
Stephanie is now losing weight again, but this time it is purely for her health and the hope of having a healthy child with her husband. We think, the woman made the right decision and has the most beautiful perfect motivation. We wish Stephanie strength to fulfill her dream of having a baby.