Stories of Resilience: Ryan Barnes


“Please know that you can change your path at any moment.”

I pushed people away and isolated myself. I thought the only way out was suicide. I failed. Ironically this added to the mountain of perceived failures I carried. I struggled to eat during the day but would then overeat when I couldn’t sleep. I went from 15st (210 lbs) to 21.5st (300 lbs). I didn’t recognize who I was when I looked in the mirror. 

I felt as though I deserved pain because I wasn’t a good enough father, partner or man and not being able to explain how I was feeling (even verbally hurting those close to me) just so they would leave me alone was becoming the norm.  Exercise eventually changed my mindset. I’m finally starting to make sense of who I am and the person I want to be. I still struggle but I now know my worth. I managed to lose my shame and learned how to be honest with myself; I accepted that I needed help. Please know that you can change your path at any moment.

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