Scar Stories → Michelle

When we are asked what is beautiful, our minds are on auto pilot. Some of us picture flawless skin, size 0 jeans, shiny hair, perfect teeth. We never stop to think that beauty comes in different sizes and forms.  To me, beauty is about living life to the fullest, happiness and most importantly, strength and courage.  Our vulnerability and adversities create our courage and strength; our inner beauty.  This is why I chose to turn my “ugly” scar into a piece of art.

After 11 hours of labor I finally had a c-section that left a long scar on my lower abdomen.  The first thing I did when I got out of the hospital was run to my dermatologist to see if I could get a laser removal of the scar.  When I realized that was not a financial option for me, I ran out and bought mederma.  After smearing it all over me I realized I had an allergic reaction.  My scar was now even redder and accompanied by red blotches all over my stomach.

My daughter’s father was serving in the Marine Corps throughout my pregnancy.  It took Red Cross a couple of days to locate my husband to tell him the birth of our daughter.  The day I was in the hospital was the day my husband was jumping out of a helicopter into the ocean; a training mission that didn’t go so well.  My husband and his unit were injured and stranded in the ocean for hours waiting to be rescued.  His injury required stitches to the left side of his face and he now has a small scar.

On April 8, 2002, the day our daughter was born, we both experienced fear and pain.  We both have scars as a result from our experience.  However, my scar now symbolizes the adversities I’ve overcome.  The strength and courage I gained when he was deployed overseas and the love and support I gained from my family and friends throughout my pregnancy.

We will be giving the bracelet  to our daughter to wear and we will also be getting a necklace of my husband’s scar made for her as well.  I want my daughter to know that true beauty is overcoming the “ugliness” in life and that our scars describe the beauty within us.


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