Thanks Sara for posting about #GetYourBellyOut yesterday! #GetYourBellyOut is a campaign currently spreading like wildfire on Twitter and Instagram. It all started by one girl who is in the UK posting her picture and asking others to do the same and/or donate money to help find a cure for IBD. This one single hashtag has taken over both of the above mentioned social networking platforms and is no longer limited to the UK. By posting about and showing us (even more) of her belly pictures, the one and only Sara from Inflamed and Untamed has helped to give me the confidence to do the same.
When I went into surgery, my big concern was what my scar would look like. We had hoped for a completely laparoscopic procedure, but knew that the chances of that happening were pretty slim. I work for a dermatologist, spend a lot of time talking about skin care and promoting ways to maintain beautiful skin, and wasn’t ready to come to terms with the vertical scar that I was about to leave the hospital with. As far as abdominal surgery scars go, I’m pretty fortunate. The scar from my bowel resection only goes about an inch and a half above and below my belly button. And do you know what? I plan to rock that scar AND my bikini this summer!
Rather than seeing my scars, bumps, and bruises as a flaw, I’m choosing to see them as a reminder of what my body has overcome!
While I chose to post about #GetYourBellyOut to help myself and others break free from our scars, I would love for our efforts to raise money for the Crohn’s & Colitis Founation here in the US! Most of us have an extra dollar or two that we can spare. If you can find it in your heart to do so, please visit my CCFA Take Steps page to donate to Crohn’s & Colitis research!
What has your body overcome? Do you have scars to share? I would love to see your pictures and hear your story no matter what it is you’re fighting against!