What the man who threatened to kill me on the Internet needs to know

I wrote an article on this site not long ago about an incident where I was deeply shamed on the subway.

I was proud of the article, proud that I took a risk in writing it, and proud that the piece, in its own little way, spoke to people who needed to hear it, other people just like me.

I knew when the story was published that there would be people who thought fat shame was in my head.

I knew people were going to try to convince me that this stranger commenting on my food choices on the subway was just small talk.

I was ready for these kinds of comments. I was even excited to have the opportunity to talk to people about the lean franchise. I knew it was going to be tough (and maybe bruising my ego), but I was prepared.

But I wasn’t prepared for my article to piss someone off so much that they threatened to take my life.

And that’s exactly what happened.

Related: How a medical phobia almost killed my friend

The day after I posted my story on the site, Facebook notified me that they had deactivated my account either due to bullying, inappropriate content, or pretending to be someone else. I’m still trying to access the account I’ve had for over a decade. There are countless photos out there, and a big part of my job is based on interacting with the community of thousands I’ve created on Facebook.

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