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” …you are only as sick as your secrets…”

February 28th, 2005 · 1 Comment

An article in Saturday’s Bainbridge Review profiled two local residents who struggled with eating disorders and commented on island culture.

Eighteen-year-old Kristen Kelly of Bainbridge Island knows that voice well. But back when her mother Susan tried to get help for the teen, she screamed at her and denied she had a problem. Once, when a Seattle physician confronted Kelly, she screamed at her, too, ran out of the office and wandered the streets for several hours.


“I was born on Bainbridge, and I feel like I died there,” she says now. “Something I learned is that you are only as sick as your secrets, and there are a lot of secrets on Bainbridge. A lot of appearances – ‘everything is fine.’
“Well, everything is not fine. That’s a big part of it.”

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  • 1 Lucy // Feb 28, 2005 at 11:21 am

    Every place is a bit like Peyton Place, in that there is a bit of Peyton Place in all people.

    Secret weaknesses that everyone knows. The illusion of “secret” allowing the individual to exist in a state of denial that “no one knows” and therefore no one is judging them. Yet, if no one knows you then how can you have any “real” true relationships? Its a Catch-22.

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