Growing up I experienced first-hand the trials and self-esteem issues associated with bullying I received because of my visible scars. Healing phycially was the easy part, learning how to heal from the emotional scars left by bullying, was the hard part.
I had my first stitches, resulting in a scar, at age 4. It was above my lip and I wouldn’t smile for pictures and was embarrassed going to preschool. When I was 6, I had my first surgical procedure to remove a lipoma growth in my thigh, leaving me with a 9” scar. Then later opting for a revision surgery to minimize the site, hoping to make it disappear. At the age of 11, I had surgery to remove a large birth mark on my lower back as a preventative measure which left me with a large 5 inch scar.
Enduring another surgery and healing with yet another large scar was one of the worst experiences for my budding self-esteem. The stigmas and bullying I had to overcome have made me a stronger person. We all have a story, and no matter if your scar is big or if it is small, it is a part of what makes you unique!
It is my hope that Shining S.C.A.R.S will help other children and teens heal both inside and out from their visible scars. I hope you will join me in my quest to encourage and embrace our imperfections.