SPRINGFIELD, IL (WMC) - A news anchor in Springfield, Illinois, stood up to cyber bullies in a recent blog defending her figure after giving birth to triplets.
Stacey Skrysak is making waves online for doing what news anchors and reporters across the country only dream of doing: sticking it to the trolls.
After doing a TV segment about cooking healthy meals, Skrysak described a viewer's comment that caused her heart to sink.
"While he didn't flat out tell me, 'You are fat,' he implied it, and it's not the first time I've heard that," Skrysak wrote in a blog post for Her View From Home. "People get creative when they want to criticize, using words like 'lumpy' to describe my figure. Instead of the word ugly, I've been told that I have 'below average looks.'"
But it's not her own self-esteem she worries about. Skrysak wonders what kind of future her 2-year-old daughter, Peyton, will endure knowing she will grow up with technology at her fingertips. Peyton is the only one of Skrysak's triplets who survived.
"I didn't grow up with the Internet at my fingertips, yet that is all my daughter will know. People can easily hide behind their computer screen and throw out hurtful words, all while staying anonymous. And to be honest, it scares me."
When it comes to her figure, Skrysak said she loves "every curve and dent." After all, her body carried triplets, endured several surgeries, and recovered after nearly dying during child birth.
"I'd say my body is pretty amazing! It may not be perfect, but I'm comfortable in my own skin, and I want my daughter to see that," she wrote.
As for Peyton, Skrysak made it a morning ritual to remind her miracle child how beautiful she is.
"Every morning as we brush our teeth, I hold Peyton in front of the mirror. We look at our reflections and Peyton smiles as I tell her she's beautiful," Skrysak said. "It's never too early to start teaching our children to love themselves."