19-year-old Morgan Bartley recently lost 115 pounds and was proud to share photos of her success on social media. However, Instagram deleted her photo, for no apparent reason, shortly after she shared it.
Instagram has a policy against “close-ups of fully-nude buttocks; content that contains credible threats or hate speech; and serious threats of harm to public and personal safety.” But…Morgan’s post didn’t violate any of these rules.
Shocked at Instagram’s actions, Morgan reposted her progress photo. As a caption, she wrote, “I share my journey online in hopes of inspiring others to take control of their own lives.” The photo has already gained an incredible 17,600 likes. She went on to say, “I think it sucks that people express negativity toward something with only positive intentions, BUT that’s why we peeps full of love and light get to make a difference.”
Reflecting on her past, Morgan says that she’s struggled with her weight her entire life. When she was only 15, she was diagnosed with ovarian torsion, a condition which caused her to lose one of her ovaries. This made weight loss even harder. She then began to experience symptoms of menopause and she became extremely depressed. Her depression led to binge eating, as is the case with many people, and she eventually reached 300 pounds.
Morgan says she hit a point where she just knew she needed to change.
“I decided to take back control of my body and save my own life,” she said. She decided to undergo gastric bypass surgery. Since then, she’s lost 115 pounds. While she still wants to lose another 30, she’s extremely proud of herself for her progress, as she should be.
Morgan says she’s not going to let any critique bring her down. “Never let worldly pessimism or judgment prevent you from living your life and celebrating what you’ve done with it,” she says.
“I think I look pretty freakin’ bomb in a bathing suit on the beach. And that’s after a lifetime of letting insecurities hold me back from experiencing life. Yes, I’ll continue to wear a full face of makeup to the beach and yes, I’ll continue to be DAMN proud of who I’ve worked so hard to become.”