About the author
Mae founded the organization Let’s Break the Shame (LBTS) in 2019 with the aim of helping those living with mental illness. The foundation now organizes themed events, shares stories online, and sets up school & company programs with the help of a few dozen volunteers. These projects connect young people and give them the opportunity to talk about their struggles without being judged.
Iris volunteers at LBTS and is a motivational speaker at eating disorder events. She also creates educational videos and works on collaborations. On her personal Instagram, Iris talks about her eating disorder journey. After a couple meet-ups, these two bonded over their shared experiences. They are, to this day, amazed at how similar their quirks and thought patterns are. Whether that's noticing someone drinking a regular Coke (not Zero) within a split second, crying about peanut butter, not being able to let people close, or overthinking every moment, it doesn’t matter.
Both women have felt unheard, unseen, and misunderstood. To help those who have felt the same, they wrote ‘What we wish you knew’. It is addressed to those struggling first hand and to the families, friends and mental health professionals supporting them.