Post # 1
Tonight has been one of those nights that really make me appreciate life and everything in it.
Ill start off by saying I am what some people consider a living miracle. By MOST peoples standards I shouldnt be alive.. I shouldnt be as healthy as I am. I was told at one point they werent sure if Id beable to walk normal again.. nevertheless walk period again.
I am talking about my near-fetal car accident back in 2004(see pics below). The accident that changed my life. I remember nights that I would sit in bed crying because I couldnt sit up on my own, or crying because I thought no one would want someone as messed up as I was. After a 14 day stay in the hospital.. and another 7 day stay in the rehab center at the hospital.. I was able to walk out of the hospital with the help of a walker. I can now say almost 6 years later if you saw me you would never know anything happened, except for the scar on my Left hand.. This is what got me thinking about the accident. With all the engagement talk lately, I used to worry that the scar I have on my left hand (which is from having a rod with 4 screws put in) would mess up any ring pictures when I got engaged or married. Now I embrace it as it reminds me everyday of what I have overcome and how blessed I am to be alive.
Are there any scars that you have that you embrace?
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Post # 3
That is amazing! Thank you so much for sharing your story! I am glad you are alive and well and able to share it with us here in the hive. It gives us all something to think about!
Post # 4
I’m way super over emotional today and sobbed reading this (today is the 6 yr anniv of losing my dad to a heart attack)
I am so glad you appreciate life!!! I LOVE when people wear scars proudly (like Padma Lakshmi from Top Chef) YOU GO GIRL
Post # 5
Girl that’s so scary. I have been in 3 accidents but I have never been in one that serious. You are amazing!
Post # 6
It just makes me appreciate everything in my life that much more.
@kjpugs- Im so sorry to hear about your father.
Post # 7
What an amazing story and good for you for embracing that scar!!!
I have had a lifelong emotional battle with my scar(s). I too am lucky to be alive. I had open heart surgery when I was 2 years old and it was a miracle that the doctor even heard something wrong. Now, I have a scar that runs from just below my neck straight down to my belly button. I have always been very insecure about it… I rarely wear v-neck shirts and am a nervous wreck in the summer when I wear a bathing suit. Then, in 2005 I also had an appendectomy. Unfortunately I could not have the laproscopy and have another huge scar across my lower abdomen. Although I am much better about it now than when I was younger sometimes I still hate looking at myself in the mirror. My whole chest and stomach is scarred! Thankfully, any dress I wear will cover most of it… although it will be difficult to find something that will cover the top of it…….. I will try to embrace it like you have Ren!!!!!
Post # 8
@krissy18.. You should! Its part of what makes you.. well you!
Ill even post pics of mine..
Post # 9
Wow what a touching story! I’m glad you’ve embraced the scar. It’s a part of you and who you’ve become and looking at your picture I can’t even tell there’s a scar there.
Thanks for sharing your story, just shows how life shouldn’t be taken for granted!
Post # 10
I have a scar on my shoulder from where some skin cancer was removed. I now have a brand new scar in the middle of my back on my spine where some precancerous skin was removed. The shoulder scar was around for my wedding and my mom wanted me to cover it up. But I just left it visible. It’s me, and I don’t feel like I need to cover it up. Plus it reminds me that I should watch out for the sun, and perhaps it even will serve as a warning to others that they should wear sunscreen and not go tanning.
Post # 11
I had a thyroidectomy about a month ago because I had thyroid cancer. I’m mostly doing great, but I do have about a 1.5 inch scar just above my sternal notch. Lately, I’ve been wearing scarves and turtlenecks, but I’ve been covering it less and less lately because it’s just a pain. It’s not an ugly scar, it’s just prominent right now because it is still red.
It does represent the new me. It represents a cancer diagnosis at the age of 26 during my second year of medical school. And it represents my triumph over that–completing the quarter normally, having surgery, and returning to school after winter break with the rest of my class. To me, it’s becoming a very visible reminder of my strength and my determination toward my goals. I hadn’t really seen that aspect until very recently…in my head, this was just something I had to deal with and I thought I dealt with it in the way that anyone would. But I’m starting to try to congratulate myself about this and accept that it really was hard, is hard, but that I continue to move forward.
My scar is supposed to start fading around 6 months and not be too noticable in 12 months from the time of surgery. That’s almost exactly the day that we’re getting married…Hopefully it won’t show too much, but if does…oh well. It’ll be a testament to one year of survivorship and also to the love of my fiance who was absolutely there for me during every step.
Sorry if that was long winded, but I wanted to share my story to encourage all of you to find the meaning in your physical differences.
Post # 12
@sapphirebride Im so glad you posted! Just a little hint.. try maderma.. I used it on my hand and I think its the only reason the “zipper” isnt as prominent anymore.
Post # 13
@ TheRen: that’ s a really amazing story that you came through that!!! Those photos are so scary.
On another note, I’m not trying to be difficult, but I can’t see a scar on your hand…
Post # 14
Ren — Wow, I got teary reading that and seeing the pictures. I am so glad you overcame it and are as strong as you seem to be (both physically and emotionally). Thank you for sharing your story; I hope it can help someone else going through a difficult time.
I have a network of scars on my upper thighs from when I used to self harm. I used to be extremely ashamed of them, but I realize now that a lot of people go through these things. I wouldn’t let Fiance see them for a long time, but I know now that what I went through shaped who I am now.
Post # 15
I can barely see the scar…they did a good job! Im glad you embrace it 🙂
Post # 16
@mrsK2be- Youre not being difficult at all. When I took the picture last night with my cell phone it was a bad angle.