I never would have thought that looking different could earn me credibility, respect and opportunity... and yet, here I stand. Purpose-built and powerful.
Although I have never been diagnosed with cancer, I know what it is like to go through surgeries, medical treatment, and physical therapy only to find myself staring a lifelong recovery in the face. Let's explore the true meaning of "survivor" and connect my own personal challenges with recovery to others who have experienced disfigurement trauma.
It’s hard to look in the mirror and think that my scars are already an entire year old. Touching my stomach and rib cage, I can’t imagine looking this way and feeling this pain for the rest of my life. I still feel as if at any moment I will wake up from this terrible dream and be comfortable in my own skin once again.