Bullying Awareness Month: Diana’s Story

Written by Diana Fusella

I was bullied for most of my childhood, except I didn’t even realize that’s what it was until I started reading the stories. I lead a very sheltered life as my parents were strict, so I was a bit naive to it all, I just thought that was the way things were.  At first I was bullied because of my nationality, even though I was born in Australia, my parents were born in Italy, so I was always referred to as a wog, the food I ate, the way I dressed, and constantly being taunted for not being like them.

Then as I got older, it wasn’t just about my nationality, as it became about my weight.  I’ve been over weight most of my life, In fact I still am, and no matter how hard I tried I was never able to lose more than 10 kilos.  I was always called fat, and I’ll never forget the time a guy that I liked when I was about 14 (he was a few years older) called me a fat pregnant shit.  Those words cut like a knife.  My self-confidence and self-esteem were non-existent.  Then when I was 22 (I’m now 47) I met an amazing woman who has become my best friend, in fact she’s like my sister.  She’s very spiritual – not as in religious, she believes in alternative thinking, always positive, and changing your thought patterns.  With her guidance I was able to change the way I thought about myself and what I would accept from other people, whether they were family, friends or strangers.

It’s taken me a long time. To be honest, t it’s probably only really been the last few years where I have fully accepted who I am and the way I look.  I’ve learnt to defend myself, what I believe in, and other people.  I don’t ever judge another person for the way they are or their differing opinion, we are all different and I love meeting people who are nothing like me.

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