Today the scar started itching after I took a shower. But I'm fine.
With the right lighting and some filters the tape over the scar is barely visible. So this is very close to what my stomach will look like when it's healed. And I love it. I'm so glad I did this.
People ask me why I did this and I get that for other stuff as well.
The answer is always "because I want to and because I can"
I am creating my body and my everyday life the way I want it to be. I want to feel comfortable with my body and if I don't I will try to change that. This journey started years ago although I didn't even know back then. Actually you could say we all change our bodies to feel comfortable. For some it's through makeup, for some it's their hairstyle. Clothing, exercise, diet, surgery. Piercings, tattoos and body modifications are just another form of altering your look. For me it is part of what I chose to do.
For example the navel removal. I never liked my navel. So what are my options? Living with it or changing it. The navel is a body part that has absolutely no use or function once we are born. So why bother and reshape it when I just can get rid of it? Thankfully there are professionals like @chaiatcalm who can help with that. And what is also important, I am strong enough, mentally and physically, to have such a procedure performed on me. This is certainly not for everyone.
What I'm trying to say is that I am thankful to have the opportunity to change whatever I want to change. And I want to encourage as many people as possible to do so as well. If you don't harm any other living beings, do whatever you want. Dye your hair, wear the clothes you feel comfortable in, get a tattoo, travel to foreign places, love whoever you want. You are free. Express yourself. Love yourself. Treat yourself good, whatever that means for you. You deserve it.
And that's just what I'm trying to do. I want to be happy when I look in the mirror. Most of the time I am. But it took me years to get to this point. I battled my demons, I faced my fears. Sometimes with the help of family and friends, sometimes alone. And now I can feel myself grow.