Dear Teenage Amanda,
Stop worrying about what other people think. Be comfortable being you even if that means being a nerd. You are so much more than what you look like on the outside. You are clever, funny and compassionate. At the same time you should spend some time looking after the outside. Always wear sunscreen and never perm your hair.
Eat healthy! Forget about dieting and avoiding 'bad' food. All food is good in moderation. If you don't heed this bit of advice - buy shares in Mars.
Your parents are two of the most remarkable people you'll ever meet. Be grateful for the sacrifices they make and spend time with them while you can.
Forget about boys and falling in love - they're not emotionally equipped to deal with serious relationships at this age and there's plenty of time for that later. You will find Mr Right and he'll be worth waiting for.
Don't bother with trashy teen magazines they are full of dodgy advice, fashion you can't afford and trashy gossip. Choose uplifting and positive things to read, watch and listen to.
You can't choose what life throws at you but you can choose how you respond to it. Above all, keep your faith.
Don't try to grow up too fast - enjoy the journey.