Overcoming any form of health scare is an accomplishment, but the so-called invisible illnesses can be even more challenging than something more visual, as you battle both the physical and mental anguish they inflict.

That’s what happened to Michele, after a decade-long battle with anorexia.

Things got so bad that she wondered how she would be able to beat it, until she realized the amazing potential of writing and expressing herself.

Today, she is a blogger, writer, and social media communicator, and has beaten the spectre of her eating disorder.

We met up with the inspiring New Yorker to find out how she did it.

Name: Michele Weinstein

Instagram: @afitandfabulousmichele

Location: New Jersey

What’s your story?

I started my campaign after a ten year struggle with anorexia (twice inpatient) and growing up with both a type 1 diabetic and someone with many food allergies.

I wanted to use my experiences and my education (pre-med) to help others. That’s the short version of a very long story filled with disappointment, hurt, and feelings of helplessness. Because like I said, this is the short version of my story.

If you looked deeper, you would see that my brother almost died on several occasions because of the stigma and embarrassment of having diabetes. You would also see that I was kicked out of inpatient due to hospital guidelines and health insurance. And you would see me, not knowing what to do as the systems that were meant to keep me healthy weren’t quite doing their job.

And while I could go on for pages at length of all the things that went wrong, it’s why I blog and why I have created a new type of magazine www.notastandard.com to inspire, connect, and educate.

I hope to provide a source that will inspire others to keep going in spite of what heads their way. We all have struggles and we all have mistakes… so why not support each other and help each other get through each day?

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What is the toughest adversity you’ve faced on your journey to living your best life, and how did you overcome this?

Picking one situation would be impossible as it seemed for a while that it was just one situation after another. I felt that I hardly had the chance to “get up” before tackling on another struggle. But I think one of those moments occurred after coming home from college and tackling on my eating disorder. Hospital guidelines and health insurance resulted in my being “kicked out” of the system. And while I was upset because of it’s affect on myself, I was more upset knowing that this was happening to others. I know deep down inside, even today, that if it were anyone else that they would be dead. My determination, my education, and my audacity helped me to become who I am today. Two years later, and I’m not quite the same girl that started her blog…and yet the passion towards helping others has stayed the same.

What’s your goal for the next chapter?

I currently blog, run an online magazine, and am in the midst of creating a YouTube channel. I have so many ideas in my head of what I’d like to do, but all of them revolve around with helping others (as I said years ago:

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