Your account is not active. We have sent an email to the address you provided with an activation link. Check your inbox, and click on the link to activate your account. Scars get a bad rap. They are often seen as ugly, dangerous, criminal, and something to hide and be ashamed of. As the project has grown, I just hope it will reach more people, and continue to have a positive impact.
IF the thought of stripping off in front of your other half makes you shudder, you are not alone. A quarter of British women feel so embarrassed by revealing their naked form that they turn off the lights to have sex — or avoid it completely. The survey by Weight Watchers found 75 per cent of women disliked their figure and 66 per cent were ashamed of their appearance.
Being plus size, I have always thought of body positivity as something that had to do with loving my body — its shape, size, and the like. But I've come to realize that embracing skin conditions and scars is just as much a part of cultivating self-love as learning to appreciate your size. I have spent the past two years trying to manage the skin condition folliculitis , which is an inflammation of hair follicles. The doctor I first saw told me that losing weight was my only solution — so I felt left to deal with it on my own as best I could. I mostly kept to myself about it all, but the situation left me feeling pretty powerless. In a way, I was too scared to be my own advocate. After recently developing a pretty serious skin infection that landed me in the hospital, I decided to share my story.
At the time, I didn't really understand what the fuss was all about. The gravity of the situation didn't hit me until my dad had to say goodbye in the surgery room. He picked me up and placed me on the cold operating table. That's when I realized he wasn't staying. Eighteen years later I still remember that look. And every time I look down at my scar, I remember to be brave. That's what scars do. They tell a story.