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To the Swimmer With a Broken Heart

By Delaney Bernard, SwimSwam, 02/01/18, 12:00PM CST

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The biggest take away I want you to get from this is that it’s okay to not be okay. But in the time that you’re not okay, lean on your team and lean on your sport. 

I see your pain. It is written all over your body.

You can try and hide it but we all know when you step foot on the pool deck something is wrong.

No matter how hard you try and hide something from your team and those around you, people can see. They see and feel your pain because they care, whether you believe it or not. At the age of 22, my 8-year relationship and engagement ended.

Devastation was written all over my face; it followed me to the classroom and to the pool, it caused me to withdraw from my friends, to stop eating, and to eventually lose 10 pounds in just six days. I was spiraling toward rock bottom.