As a small woman who's been ridiculed my whole life on the other end of the spectrum, (same - more by my fellow women than by men because "real" women have curves so I'm not a real woman), this post made me so sad. So many details of this post hurt my heart — the rude “friends”, the gross doctors, you crying. I hate that your perfect day on the ocean went sideways but I thank you for sharing and I hope you have found the comments here to be as restorative and affirming as I have.
Even though your face is blurred in the pic I think you look happy. You look strong and healthy and your posture seems content and confident.
Wishing you and your rescue pup more beautiful days in the sun, free to be you!