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I get a lot of questions about what I used to get my scars to fade. If you've asked or you're wondering - I didn't use a thing!

The only thing I used was a sleeve to try and flatten the scars. As for coloring, it was really just time.

Honestly I've heard many different methods for scars. I really think it all depends on the person. Your skin tone, the severity of the scar, how long you've had it etc are huge factors. I've met people who have had scars since they were 5. They are still red and they've tried everything. That's why I think there's not one right answer.

I was told that the sun isn't good for scars. It makes your scars turn a brownish color and can thicken them. This is probably true, but for me, I think exposure to the sun helped my scars. This will definitely not be true for everyone and I am not recommending you do this - the point is that everyone is different!

Normally my advice would be that you shouldn't do a thing and just embrace them, but I know 6 years ago I would've rolled my eyes reading that. So if you're struggling with your scars and you want them to fade, my best advice is to try different methods and be PATIENT. Don't try something for a week and give up if you don't see results. Give it some time! Also take photos. You see your scars everyday so you will think they look the same, but change could be happening.

Hope this helps!

"Remember how far you've come, not just how far you have to go. You are not where you want to be, but neither are you where you used to be." - I can honestly say that I have loved every single bit of the progress that I've made since lying in that hospital bed almost 2 years ago.... and I am finally doing high intensity workouts again. The burn is addictive, seeing progress is a bonus 😍🤙 .
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#lifeaftersurgery #stronger #scarredandstronger #chickswithscars #neverdone #rehabilitation #rehab #quote #quotestoliveby #quotes #quoteoftheday #girlboss #laparotomy #postpartum #fitness #fitspo #abs #scar #mum #fitmum #bbg #progress #csection

regram @scar.fit.life
One of the biggest changes I have made at home during my recovery would be the way I lift a washing basket. 📷 Left pic: I was lifting with my back after surgery because my core wasn't strong enough and this was the "easier" option. It very quickly became a bad habit which I have only recently corrected in the last 4 months 📷 Right pic. This may seem like a 'small change' but if you are anything like me and constantly lifting washing baskets... it will quickly add up to have a really big impact on your life and/or recovery. .
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#lifeaftersurgery #chickswithscars #postpartum #laparotomy #csection #life #homeworkout #mumlife #bbgmums #bbgmoms #bbg #bbgcommunity #mum #fitmum #fitspo #daily #washing #scarredandstronger

Getting the curls braided tomorrow! Which of the two styles should I try? Style 1 or 2 (Swipe 👉🏽) #naturalhair #naturallycurly #type4naturals
#naturallyshesdope #kinky_chicks1 #kinkychicks #keloids #keloidawareness #scarredprincess #scarredforlife #scarredandstronger

Today is #SIAD - self injury awareness day and I wanted to share a part of my life with you all that I haven't before; I've thought about posting about this few times but there's something about it that makes me feel vulnerable. I know I'm not alone in my experience though and it's important to raise awareness.
As a teenager I suffered with depression and self harmed for a number of years. I was miserable for a long time and I hated myself. I drank heavily between the ages of 15 and 22 which more often than not made any feelings of depression or self loathing so much worse.
Honestly, I had no idea why I was doing this at the time but I guess I can now say that I used self harm as a way of punishing myself and to feel in control.
I used to hide my scars from my family and friends because I was ashamed. I spent years being embarrassed and I suppose to an extent I still feel that way now. As I've grown older I've learnt to talk about my feelings and to handle my emotions and situations in my life differently. This period of my life doesn't define the person I am today but it has had an impact.
Occasionally I get questions about my sleeve and what the tattoo means and the simple answer is that I got it to cover my self harm scars and gain closure. The scars are still there if you look closely but it's allowed me to wear short sleeves without the fear of being judged and put this period of my life behind me. I suppose I'd never want my scars to disappear completely because I've now accepted that they are a part of me and a reminder of how far I've come.
Now it wouldn't really be fair of me to share this story without also sharing the fact that I've relapsed twice in the last 7 years. Once 4 years ago when I was suffering with extreme anxiety and the second last March when I was drunk which is why I haven't touched a drop of alcohol since. In a moment of intoxicated madness I caused intentional harm to myself for no reason and have no recollection of doing so. This angered and upset me - it felt insulting to my younger self and undid so much hard work as it's very visible, even with my tattoo. (Continued in comments...)

"If your life was no less than the Olympics,
You came out no less than a Champion!" 💪🏼🏆 Requesting everyone to spare 6 minutes of your time to watch and share my video (Link in Bio) and help support my fight against physical abuse! #ScarredandStronger #ScarredandStrongerRevolution #fightdomesticviolence #physicalabuse #assaultsurvivors #philanthropy #motivationalvideo #inspiringwomen #beinghuman #humanity #supportmyprotest #believeinyourself #shareforhumanity #spreadthemessage #iger

If you missed my post last week, I talked about the anxiety I dealt with a few years after my accident.

The responses I received last week from my blog really showed me that a lot of people struggle. When I was struggling, I always felt alone in my anxiety. I know how debilitating anxiety can be so hopefully these blogs are somewhat useful.

My anxiety was based around catastrophic thoughts. Death was on my mind constantly and I needed to get a handle on it. Thankfully my therapist made that possible.

My second blog on anxiety, Leaning into Fear - Part Two is up. I talk about the methods my therapist taught me on how to start overcoming my anxiety. (link in bio).

Also if you're wondering what happened to my neck/💪🏽 check out my About Me page. Just makes it easier so I don't need to respond to everyone 😂

#scarredandstronger

Playing around at @climbfit_sydney the other night. Also, my first time trying a campus board and man those things are way harder than they look 😅😣👐 .
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#campusboard #climb #rockclimb #climbfit #climbing #indoorclimbing #rockclimbing #gripstrength #chinup #stronger #scarredandstronger #bbg #gym #inspiration #csection #laparotomy #postpartum #chickswithscars #neverdone #lifeaftersurgery #strong #bouldering

I always love hearing people's willingness to open up about their stories. So many amazing comments and messages this past week!

If you're new to following me, my friend @kvosti24 and I started @life.after.surgery.project. We feature stories of people overcoming adversity, and continuing to live an active life after surgery. I fractured my neck in college and Kate had a spinal fusion. Both of us were active pre-accident and thankfully are still able to live an active lifestyle.

If you love scars or love reading awesome stories about resurgence, check us out at @life.after.surgery.project! And if you have a story let us know we would love to hear from you!
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"If your life was no less than the Olympics,
You came out no less than a Champion!" 💪🏼🏆 Requesting everyone to spare 6 minutes of your time to watch and share my video (Link in Bio) and help support my fight against physical abuse! #ScarredandStronger #ScarredandStrongerRevolution #fightdomesticviolence #physicalabuse #assaultsurvivors #philanthropy #motivationalvideo #inspiringwomen #beinghuman #humanity #supportmyprotest #believeinyourself #shareforhumanity #spreadthemessage #iger

It used to bother me when I saw people looking at my scars. I would create these perceptions about what people thought of me or my scars. Now it doesn't bother me so much. I find that people are often looking out of curiosity. Of course that's not always the case but generally people are just wondering what happened.

At the end of the day it shouldn't matter what people think of my scars, good or bad. What matters is how I feel about them. Thankfully I think they're pretty cool.

Are you creating any perceptions of what people think of you?
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#perception #scars #scarrednotscared #scarredandstronger #healthcoaches #wellnesscoaches #wellnessjourney #insecure #insecurities #learningeveryday #fear #fearlessfemales #motivation #fearless #fearful #postsurgery #injury #injuries #nyc

regram @scar.fit.life
One of the biggest changes I have made at home during my recovery would be the way I lift a washing basket. 📷 Left pic: I was lifting with my back after surgery because my core wasn't strong enough and this was the "easier" option. It very quickly became a bad habit which I have only recently corrected in the last 4 months 📷 Right pic. This may seem like a 'small change' but if you are anything like me and constantly lifting washing baskets... it will quickly add up to have a really big impact on your life and/or recovery. .
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#lifeaftersurgery #chickswithscars #postpartum #laparotomy #csection #life #homeworkout #mumlife #bbgmums #bbgmoms #bbg #bbgcommunity #mum #fitmum #fitspo #daily #washing #scarredandstronger

To be human is to love even when it gets too much.. You're never ready to give up... #selfportrait #tobehuman #tributetoww #tributetosia #tributetogal #instagood #instadaily #scarredandstronger #blackandwhite #monochrome #iphonephotography

First off this product smells like lemon pez candy. I want to eat my hair. Secondly my hair AND skin are so much more healthy since I started using this product! Thank you so much for all you do @netasnaturalhaircare, so grateful for what you bring to the world! #netasnaturalhaircare #lemonpezscent #hairfolliclestrenthneroil #type4naturals #hairoil #healthyhair #healthyskin #kinkychicks #kinkycurly #teamnatural #skincare #skincareroutine #keloid #keloids #keloidawareness #keloidscaradvocate #scarredprincess #scarredandstronger #health #wellness #healing #bodypositivity #redemption #bebeautiful #bebeautifullikeyou #itsdeeperthanskin #kinky_chicks1

Loving this unedited photo by @thelanayork
I'm not gonna lie, I used to get very caught up in stress and fear. Since moving to NYC I've really tried to take on a different mindset.

I picked up @gabbybernstein book The Universe Has Your Back (thanks @alikarsant) and have started to put some of her teachings into practice. More positive thinking and trusting that a higher power (whatever that means to you) will support me. Funnily enough, as soon as I started doing this, I was introduced to @thelanayork. To say we have a lot in common would be an understatement. We both are using our past experiences to help others who are going through what we struggled with for years. Her dog walking service helps people with injuries or disabilities. I mean, cmon how awesome is that!

It's amazing how things have started to happen so naturally for me as soon as I let go of the idea that I need to control everything. I've also let go of some limiting beliefs that I didn't even realize were there.

What's one limiting belief you can let go of today?

I'm learning I can't make everyone feel better... if that were true I guess I would never fully be myself😂 aaanndd so glad to be able sing again after losing my voice from being sick lol. Yay for some music and songwriting #thelaundryroomdiaries #listentoittuesday #mymusiclibrary #musicfortuesday #illbeyourdj #naturalhair #naturalbeauty #naturallycurly #kinky_chicks1 #type4naturals #cornrows #cwkgirls #curlygirl #keloidawareness #keloid #scarredprincess #scarredandstronger

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