How lucky am I to have such an amazing job, a job where I get to touch on people’s lives in the hope that it will make a difference.
I received this beautiful email a couple of weeks back and it brought me to tears…
“Hi there. I love your recent article about becoming a survivor and not a victim. I'm a burns survivor of 51 years and up until 2 years ago, I’d covered up. After a humiliating personal experience, I decided it was time to put my big girl pants on and bare my scars further up my arms and back. I'm still in cautious mode as I was bullied terribly in school. I now have a new wardrobe, well I’m getting there. Thank you for helping people feel like a princess and respecting their imperfections.” Donna
Donna and I exchanged emails and she told me that that day she’d been invited to share her life experiences with others - “living with scars”. She then proudly shared some photos of her that she’d had taken as part of her ‘new found confidence’ and was only too happy for me to share her story with you - “Absolutely, please share. I want to spread the word that beauty is in the eye of the beholder.”
Donna celebrating her new found confidence - go girl :)
Photographs by Jackie Bertolli Photography
I too have scars. I was 18 when I was involved in a near fatal car accident - a small car doesn’t fair well against a big truck! I was pretty banged up and was left with a big scar on one arm and one leg, amongst many other injuries, things that still affect me today.
For the first five or so years I covered my scars, embarrassed by what others might think. But then after a while I thought, to hell with it, I am only interested in those that know and love me, and know that they will be supportive. Showing my scars was the best thing for me. Sure, people stare and some ask how it happened, but mostly people just have a quick look and then get on with talking to me.
My scars turn red in the summer
For those with scars, they’re a big part of you and who you are and that’s what makes you beautiful.
Donna, I hope you are immensely proud of yourself for having the courage not only to uncover your scars but also to share your inspiring story in the hope that it will help others.
We go through things in life, many of them hard, often unbearable, but come out the other end a much better, stronger and more empathetic person who is able to help others. This is you Donna. Thank you for sharing your story, you’re truly gorgeous.