#1 Maya

A previous couple of months have been a lot difficult because of the situation of my pores and skin as deteriorated massively. From 18 months old after I was recognized with epidermolysis bullosa to before this 12 month, I used to be capable of residing a nearly regular life regardless of my pores and skin, it was straightforward to cover and simple to handle. However, before this 12 months, it began getting quickly worse and I’m now capable of doing much less of the issues I as soon as might. My confidence and self-worth are nearly nonexistent more often than not. A lot of my day is spent managing my pores and skin or being in ache from it.

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#2 Mercy

“My scars are from a fireplace associated with home abuse. I received burnt at the age of 29, and it’s been a tough journey coming to words with it. The consolation I take from my scars is that they make me who I’m right now. I name them my most valuable, and costly piece of jewelry I personal.
I’ve survived and if having my image taken, and exposing my scars can assist anybody else then that’s good for me!.”

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#3 Tracey

“My name’s Tracey. I’m a 45 year old mother of two. In 2012, my GP diagnosed me with a common cold which drastically got worse. I was given cold medication which made me feel awful. I called 999 and someone came out to see me. They said everything was fine. Everything was fine for 40 minutes or so. I asked my daughter to make dinner, and then I went upstairs to lay down – and didn’t wake up. My daughter called 999 and her and my friend Chyle got in an ambulance to Kings College Hospital. When I awoke, I was confused. I did not recognise my daughter or friend. They ran a CT scan and found out I had two types of meningitis. I was put in an induced coma for a month. When I was awoken, I could not speak. My daughter came to see me daily – I could hear her but couldn’t reply which annoyed me. I later found they’d put feeding tubes down my throat – I was told that I kept trying to pull all of the tubes out. I was kept in intensive care for a further two months before having a heart attack. Whilst I had my heart attack, Doctors found a growth on my heart valve and a whole in my heart. They replaced my valve with a titanium one – which ticks like a little clock. After the operation they moved me back to the ICU, but this time I was in an isolated room because of the meningitis and recovery. After a month I was given a tracheostomy which allowed me to talk and communicate with Doctors, nurses and my family. For a while, I couldn’t speak rightly and could only manage basic communication and small talk. I found it hard to understand others, but tried through one word answers. In April I was moved to Lewisham hospital’s neuro ward where the Doctors taught me the basics of counting, talking, walking, eating, drinking, washing and dressing. For the first month, I could not walk rightly so I was given a wheelchair – and then a zimmer frame to walk around the ward called “Frank Cooksey”. The cooks on the ward saved feeding me as I used to be a dimension 2-Four on the time – after weeks of strolling across the ward, they let me stroll across the hospital with household, buddies and hospital workers.”

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#4 Agnes

“In 1997 at the age of 7 I survived a gas explosion. I have undergone 27 reconstructive surgeries. I have always been comfortable with my scars, to me they are beautiful and they tell you different stories. They are special.”

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#5 Megan

“After I was 14 I rescued a stray horse known as Fly, and I fell in love with him instantly. One morning, I used to be feeding the horses within the discipline (identical to each different morning). Fly tried to kick one other horse behind him, however missed and kicked me in the face, just under my left temple.
At first I used to be shocked, I used to be younger and alone in a discipline and lined in blood. Nevertheless after a number of journeys to the hospital the scar is simply part of my face. Now it’s been Four years since I used to be kicked, the scar has created an adhesion to my cheek bone which is why is is noticeable. Though being confronted with a chance to take away the scar, I by no means would. I don’t assume magnificence needs to be symmetrical!.

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#6 Bintu

“After I was younger, I pulled a cup of sizzling boiling tea off the counter. In consequence, it burnt my left shoulder right down to my left breast and abdomen. My scar has been with me since I used to be 11 months old – it’s all I do know, I don’t even keep in mind my old without a scar. I’ve my assured days the place I say “It’s only a scar”. I’m certain everybody has a scar. I’ve undoubtedly had my unhealthy days, however solely after I meet a brand new face and so they stare at it in disgust. It makes me assume OMG is there one thing on my old? And then I keep in mind “the burn” lol. I put on this scar as a result of it is part of me. It’s only a scar.”

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#7 Isabella

“Today I am a little angry at the world. I’m angry that it’s been 2 years and 2 days and I still don’t feel complete. I have been cut up and then stitched and stapled, but today I don’t feel whole. I’m angry that my memories and dreams of what happened to blend together with the present. It’s 2 years and 2 days and today I don’t feel okay. But I will. ”

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#8 Chloe

“I began self harming after I was 13 and have struggled with it ever since. The problem with self harming is it will get progressively worse and you find yourself doing increasingly more harm to your self than you assume is feasible whenever you first begin. It actually is an habit and also you get to some extent the place surgeons inform you that cosmetic surgery can’t repair the looks of the scars, so the one factor you are able to do is love your scars a lot that each one the unfavourable connections that come together with self hurt slowly disappear – together with all of the ache connected to the scars.
My scars inform my story, and I’m by no means going to let anybody else’s ideas or opinions change that. “

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#9 Sam

“I performed with a handgun at age 14 and it gave me a lifetime in a wheelchair. However, regardless of what you may assume, I’ve by no means discovered a motive to be victimised by my situation. My religious and bodily scars made me develop stronger, empowered. I needed to be a tennis participant, so I grew to become a tennis participant. I needed to be a model, and guess what… I’m a model. As a model of range, I work within the style trade representing folks that have limitations however aren’t restricted. They love, they combat, they win, they lose. They are actual and my story helps them to see how lovely and significant they’re. All scars included.”

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#10 Zuzanna

“I wasborn without each radius. After I was one I had my first surgical procedure on my right hand. One 12 months later docs determined to function on my left hand. Two completely different docs operated on my fingers. The primary operation went nicely. In the course of the second operation, there have been some problems.

Docs didn’t know that bones in my left hand are completely different from those in my right hand. After I was 15, I seen that there was one thing mistaken with my left wrist. I needed to have surgical procedure as soon as once more. This illness known as hemimelia, and a case like mine occurs for 1 in 100,000 individuals. I at all times had a giant drawback with my scars – I couldn’t settle for myself due to them and different individuals additionally had an issue with my scars. Now I feel that that is who I’m. Lastly I can really feel that I don’t have to cover it, as a result of that is the actual me.”

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#11 Isabella

“In the summer of ’15 I was in a house fire. My clothes and way of life up in flames. I spent my summer in a burns unit on Fulham Road. My scars and scar tissue continue to change, but I have never felt more beautiful.”

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#12 Adele

“In 2014, I was diagnosed with Ewings Sarcoma, a bone cancer. I had chemo for nearly a year and several surgeries for bone transplantations in my arm. They took pieces of bone from my leg and thigh. One time, my transplant broke, so I had a major surgery which took 8 hours. In two years I had 10 surgeries and I have one planned for November 2017.”

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#13 Abi

“I was diagnosed with a rare and extremely aggressive form of cancer called Osteosarcoma when I was 27 years old. Doctor’s think that I had the tumour since I was 26. My right arm was aching whilst I was sleeping – everyone I would chop vegetables, and get dressed. I went to see a chiropractor – he moved my arm around and I screamed very loudly. He just said that I had damaged my muscle and said I was very dramatic. Unknown to him, what lay behind my “dramatic” scream was one thing fairly sinister. I used to be residing in South Africa, Cape City and had lately obtained my visa to reside there. I used to be working with ant-sex trafficking victims and supporting abused girls and kids. I had simply began serving to out at a help group, when one of many women approached me and stated “Hey, you don’t know me very well, but I wanted to let you know that I’ve had 3 vivid dreams about you in a row now. In them you come to my house, and when I wake up I feel God’s presence, so I really feel that you need to come to my house.” I’m fairly a religious individual, and had desires in my childhood that had come true, so I assumed I’d go and see her. The day I went to her home she wasn’t really in. as I used to be strolling out of her courtyard, I had a way that her canine was going to go for me. The canine appeared chilled, so I simply shut the gate and as I put my hand by means of the gate to lock it, I coronary heart the canine bark, and leap as much as chew m, so I gently jumped again and my arm utterly snapped as I landed. My pal took me to the Docs. I used to be despatched for a scar and it confirmed that I had a really clear break. The Physician’s face dropped when she noticed my scan. she booked me in to see one other Physician the following morning. I used to be in a lot ache I didn’t actually query why I used to be seeing one other Physician. After I noticed him the next morning he requested me a whole lot of the everyday most cancers questions – Have you ever misplaced weight, have you ever handed blood, and so forth. He stated one thing had been eroding my bone- my coronary heart was pounding pondering of all of the issues it might probably be. He then stated these dreaded words that actually took my breath away – you likely have most cancers.”

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#14 Leo

“After I was in my 20s, I used to be taking a brief minimize by means of the native park after I realised the gate had been locked. I made a decision to climb up over the railings and my footing slipped, catching my face in two locations. The spikes handed by means of my face. Fortunately the park attendant seen what occurred and known as an ambulance.
I really feel like my seems had been ruined by the accident, however I carried on as regular. People typically assume I’ve been in a knife assault or combat, so consider I’m a nasty individual.”

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#15 Iris

“I’ve become the strong and independent woman I am today because of my Mum, and because of what happened. It has all been a part of my journey. It started when I was 5 months old – whilst taking a nap, a fire started next to my bed and I lost two fingers. It took one year of recovery at the hospital, and 25 years to accept it. I went through awkward handshakes and looks, children’s whispers and hiding it at all costs – which meant always using my other hand. Because of what happened, my Mum raised a fighter who is not afraid of who she is anymore. I am not going to hide it, although it still hurts when I move my hand and it is sometimes a mental struggle to fully accept it.”

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#16 Barbara

“In 2014 I was diagnosed with angiosarcoma of the breast, a rare and aggressive cancer. Three surgeries and two chemotherapy treatments later these are the scars I bear. My recent operation was an innovative surgery which involved removal of my sternum and four ribs, which were replaced by surgical cement, muscle from my back and a skin graft. It took me a long time to finally embrace my scars. They document my journey and the courage and strength I did not think I had. Recently I was told the cancer had returned. Surprisingly I feel at peace”

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#17 David

Scars on my left arm are from self hurt over the previous 7 years. Scar on the upper right stomach is the results of surgical procedure to extract rib cartilage to reconstruct my left ear”

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#18 Hannah

“My old is a merry-go-round of scars – new ones arrive, select a pitch and nest amongst the constellation etched into my pores and skin. In time, some will fade till I can’t even keep in mind the primary time I pressed my finger to puckered flesh and welcomed them to the gang.
There are self-harm scars that return additional than I care to recollect, some so faint I neglect that they’re there till a fluorescent altering room gentle glints them into view, others stark with mottled tissue. There are pores and skin biopsy bubbles, surgical procedure scars and a tapestry of tokens from pleased drunken mishaps that I’ll always remember.
It’s a canvas that, by and enormous, I’ve come to simply accept, snort at and be taught from. The deepest layer of scarring, nonetheless, at all times been the trickiest to tame.
The scars that ripple throughout my old are an unexchangeable present from an autoimmune illness known as morphea. The character of the illness means my pores and skin will in all probability by no means cease buying these new buddies; as a substitute, they’ll come and go in shades of “fuck you”. There are old bruises slowly fading into an internet on my abdomen from the primary two bouts, calcified white patches which are reaching fever pitch and glossy lesions which have solely simply stirred.
In the event that they had been static I’m certain I’d be additional alongside in studying to like the entire pores and skin I’m in, however their tempestuous nature makes them laborious to disregard. Some days they’re so delicate a brush of cloth can ship shivers down my backbone and showering has become an odd dance I by no means fancied studying – leaping from sensitivity to sizzling water, then chilly water after which to scrubbing.

Though – with a bit of push and a try and see them from a real outsiders perspective – I’m studying to like each as they arrive. They are part of me: every freckle, mole, scar, tattoo, bruise, and lesion is threaded into the rainbow swimsuit of pores and skin I’m in.
So, I’m going to embrace every new stripe as a result of they’re a reminder of each battle I’ve fought on this old. As I acquire new scars, I’ll be taught to navigate each evolution because it arises.”

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#19 Jessica

“I used to be solely eight years old after I had an automotive accident. I used to be with my pal and her mom, sitting within the again seat of the automotive. I wasn’t carrying a seatbelt. Hastily an automotive jumped out of nowhere and got here in the direction of us. We crashed violently, the automotive flipping twice. Sadly I used to be the one who was injured badly – when the automotive was flipping, I broke the window by falling on it. I hit my head on the bottom (dropping a part of my hair), and the automotive was on high of me with half of my old inside and the opposite half exterior. I used to be taken to the hospital by helicopter. The physician put me right into a medically induced coma and operated on my ruptured liver. I suffered a chest and head trauma. I used to be in a coma for 10 days, and on the 10th day the physician advised my mom that there was nothing else they might do, and that I wouldn’t survive the night time. The day after I awakened with a 42c temperature due to the medication I had been given. The physician advised my Mum that I used to be a miracle.

I’ve been carrying this scar for the final 22 years of my life, and it has been like a tattoo with represents a brand new chapter.”

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#20 Grace

“I managed to make it from 1993 – 2014, to 21 years old having no well being points in anyway. No damaged bones, no critical sicknesses – then all of a sudden, I used to be having mind surgical procedure.
I used to be so stupidly pleased to not lose that a lot hair after I had my 2 operations, a 12 months a component. I didn’t even lose a lot throughout radiotherapy. I do have this line now, all the way in which across the facet of my head that may by no means develop hair. I find it irresistible. Day-after-day I see it, and the dent in my head beneath it, and the lump the place muscle has slipped and gathered. It jogs my memory what I’ve been by means of – and the way I didn’t simply survive, I smashed it.
I will likely be having the scar on my head “re-opened” early subsequent 12 months (2018) – they’re reconstructing my dented face. I’m hoping for one of the best resulted, but additionally that I get to maintain this pronounced, close to good line.

My tummy scar is newer. That’s been more durable to come back to words with – however i’m making an attempt to not give it an excessive amount of energy. I’m proudly owning it.

My old is a set of markings, and reminiscences. It’s a map of me. Sometime I’ll depart this world, I’ll escape my pores and skin, and I’ll depart behind a type of myself that was cherished – so cherished – on my own and others – and it’ll have been lived in!”

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#21 Billy

“At 18 I was diagnosed with Ewings Sarcoma, a rare bone cancer that predominately affects young people. Before my diagnosis I had never heard of Ewings and had no idea how much it would impact my life. Part of the treatment process involved having my femur replaced with titanium which resulted in a scar the length of my thigh. I often felt as if the scar would remain a constant trigger of the times I spent sick to my stomach in hospital, but I’m gradually learning to view them as symbols of health, recovery and a chance at a long life. I can now zoom out and see more than a sick body, but a person even more motivated in life than before.”

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#22 Andrea

“My first scars arrived at 14, while enjoying a chasing recreation with buddies. I jumped over the wall, however the wall moved and I ended up scarring each of my legs. For years I’ve been paranoid about exhibiting them and solely wore trousers.
The scars on my left arm and face got to me by a deranged individual out for revenge, the worst half it was not meant for me. I received caught up in a combat the place the individual had a glass in her hand while punching me. I used to be solely conscious of it when blood was pouring from my face. I didn’t discover my arm till I appeared right down to see my arm opened up like a butterfly hen.
I now love me for me, ever since I began Focusing On Creating my Final Self.”

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#23 Michelle

“I’ve had 15 surgeries, a brain tumour, a punctured intestine, an obstructed bowel, a cyst in my brain and a condition called Hydrocephalus. I grew up without realising my body was different until one day I wore a bikini and was met with looks of pity and shock. I thought the solution was to hide them and never talk about them, but in fact, what helped me was the exact opposite. When I was 21, I finally started embracing my scars and accepting my body for what it does. In celebration of that I launched a campaign called #scarrednotscared because I knew I couldn’t be alone. I didn’t want anyone to feel isolated in their struggles with physical illness and chronic pain, and it became the perfect platform to remove the shame around our scars and our bodies in general.”

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#24 Jamie

“I used to be born at 24 weeks, weighing 1 pound 11 ounces.
The large scars throughout my abdomen is the place the place my bowel had not absolutely developed correctly leading to tiny little holes throughout my gut which precipitated septicaemia. The docs described it as working on a chunk of spaghetti. The scar under it’s a results of having an ileostomy bag. The star formed scar underneath my armpit is the place a tube was positioned in an effort to assist feed me. The scar throughout my neck is the place a tube was positioned in an effort to obtain medicine. My mom at all times jogs my memory that my scar had been supposedly meant to shrink as I grew, however as a substitute they grew with me as reminder to at all times admire my life”

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#25 Lucia

“I used to be born with 5 holes in my coronary heart and have been carrying my zipper since I used to be 2 weeks old. I had my second lot of open coronary heart surgical procedure at 2 years old and my third lot at 26 (6 months in the past!) as a result of my coronary heart was too large. Oh the irony of getting a giant coronary heart – bodily and metaphorically! I’ve actually been on a coronary heart journey my entire life, and my scars are a reminder that I’m robust and may do something. After I was little my dad and mom did the worrying for me, however having my third lot of surgical procedure this 12 months, I’ve actually understood the energy and fantastic thing about my scar. It’s me! To have an open coronary heart is a real present in life, and I’m fortunate sufficient to have been opened three occasions.
I used to not even have the ability to say the phrase scar- as if it was one thing evil and ugly, however now I see it as a gorgeous phrase. The older I get, the extra honoured I really feel to be part of the unique “zipper membership” and sure, as a girl, it has been laborious carrying a scar down the center of my chest, by my breasts. (one of many sexiest components of your old!) – however the way in which I see it’s that I’m so summary, Picasso would wish to paint me!”

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#26 Nell

“My scars had been made while I used to be in a coma for 90 days. The scars on my face, neck and groin are there as a result of I used to be on life help often called ECMO – my lungs had been devastated by a necrotising pneumonia and so they needed to cease me respiration – the ECMO oxygenated my blood and saved me alive for 66 days. The opposite spherical scars on my old are from chest drains as a result of each my lungs had collapsed and an infection and air was trapped in my chest cavity. The scar on my again is from surgical procedure I had as a result of my chest had stuffed with a lot blood that it was impacting my coronary heart. All this started after I went on a college journey to the Ardeche in France. I left on the 26th June with the college and got here residence on the 24th October. I used to be in a French hospital in Montpellier, in Intensive care all that point. They by no means gave up on me and fought with me.
My scars are the map of my survival and I’m very pleased with them. They give me energy and individuality. It’s very uncommon for individuals to outlive this an infection – and in precise reality I survived two, as a result of after the primary pneumonia, I suffered a second an infection – hospital born MRSA and went into a number of organ failure. All of us fought on. I’ve a small scar on my throat the place I had a tracheostomy – it was unusual to don’t have any voice after I awakened, however I wasn’t afraid – I solely believed.”

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#27 Hebe

“I had surgical procedure to appropriate my scoliosis final 12 months. The expertise of being in hospital and the restoration
course of was extremely humbling. I’ve a brand new discovered respect for my old. It’s a sensible old, it features. I can run, dance, leap and I’m not preoccupied by “drawback areas” like I was. I really feel so liberated and fortunate to have realised how nice and succesful my old is.”

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#28 Maxim

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#29 Helen

“I collapsed one day after graduating University and was diagnosed with a congenital heart defect (a hole in the heart). This was later repaired by open heart surgery in 2015, leaving me with this big “zipper” and three chest drain scars. In October 2016, after a profitable restoration I suffered an unexplained coronary heart malfunction that precipitated a number of blood clots and resulted with me struggling to stroll, everlasting harm to a number of organs, a three week hospital keep and emergency surgical procedure on my legs. From this I’ve 2 extra scars the place they entered the femoral arteries by my hips. I’m actually pleased with all of my scars, however feeling proud and accepting what has occurred to my old are two separate issues which have taken some time to come back to words with. All of those hurdles have made me a greater individual, and I refuse to let my circumstances outline how I reside my life. I hope that different individuals who could also be residing with coronary heart issues, or going by means of comparable experiences will take a look at me, or my scars and assume “If she can get through this, then so can I.”

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#30 Deepshikha

“I did not see myself before my scar – I have had it for as long as I can remember. I was 4 months old when I had a surgery to remove one of my spare kidneys. Yes, I was born with an extra one which was making me very ill. My mum says my scar was very tiny after they operated – probably because I was tiny over all. As I grew, my scar grew with me – and so did my discomfort and embarrassment over it. It’s very much a personal journey, but I am fortunate to have support from special people. It’s taken me 34 years to come to terms with it – I haven’t got to the point where I can confidently wear a saree, or a two piece bikini without a care in the world, but hopefully – one day – I will get there soon!”

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