Ahhh Maria @jaynecimber , this is so raw and honest. Thank you for sharing your story with me. I am touched by your bravery and am no means surprised because a bad ass who can pull off a scar like this, must have a fierce soul within her! 🔥 Stunning! #ScarredNotScared
#repost @jaynecimber As many of the big scars, there is a long story behind these ones: near death experiences, countless surgeries, stitches, pins coming in and out. Immobilisation, frustration, desperation, impatience. I was 20 when life, as I knew it, was over.
Even after surviving, I remember worrying that I’d never be able to wear shorts or short dresses or miniskirts again, and thinking of myself as less than anyone who didn’t look like they had been attacked by a shark. But, truth is… I always loved shorts and miniskirts :) It took me time and effort but I’ve come to terms with my new self. And if today I could turn to that 20-year-old me, I’d tell her yes, you are going to struggle, and yes, people will ‘scar shame’ you, and tell you (unasked) all about the state-of-the-art techiniques and creams that would ‘improve your scars’, and you’ll hear things like “oh it gives me the creeps just to look at it”. And when that happens, look at your scars and see all the strength you found in yourself. And yes, you can put on whatever outfit you feel like, and yes, people will also find them interesting and even hot, and will be amazed with how you’ve been through it all never giving up being yourself, and yes, you will complete a relay triathlon, and show off your unique scarred body in the smallest bikini if you want to.
And yes, your scars will make you different, and you will wear them like a crown. #scarrednotscared