June 8, 1964, Monday. I’m the fattest girl.
Nothing happened today. Stuck to my diet real good, until I came home, than ate so much. I’m so fat I hate myself. Mommy called the doctor to see why I’m gaining weight. He was glad to hear I wasn’t getting sick anymore, but these pills he gave me are giving me such an appetite. I’ve gained 15 lbs. I’m really trying but it’s hard. I won’t go to the beach until I’m tan and have a good figure. I feel so ugly. I go bike ridding to firm up my legs.
I had no idea Ortho-Novum, the pill Doctor Zampetti gave me for my sickness, was the first birth control pill on the market. I wasn’t having sex in High School, so taking it for that reason wasn’t an issue. My Mother either didn’t know what the “PILL” was for… or knew and didn’t tell me…. The whole point was to regulate my monthly Cycle so I wouldn’t get sick anymore. However, the side effects made my boobs bigger made my face break out and I gained weight. Eventually I read an article about it in a magazine and stopped taking it.
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