Scars From The Battlefield Of Life
You have been wounded in life, a scar has been placed on your body, you used to think of it as horrible looking, unpleasant, unsightly to the eye… Yet as the years pass a kid (that stinker!) asks ‘what is that?’ and you begin by saying it is a scar from long ago… you proceed to tell the kid the story behind ‘this scar’ and when you’re done, the child then looks at you as if you are the coolest person EVER! ‘that’s cool, I want one!’ (oh believe me, you’ll get your fair share!) Whether you have one or ten, big or small, scars are a part of life! everyone has one, unless they live in a bubble… So instead of trying to cover up your scar, your awesome story, you should embrace it, share your story whether it’s heart-wrenching or a fun fact of your life, it may just be the story someone needs to hear!
What Is A Scar?
Information from Wikipedia
Scars are areas of fibrous tissue (fibrosis) that replace normal skin after injury. A scar results from the biological process of wound repair in the skin and other tissues of the body. Thus, scarring is a natural part of the healingprocess. With the exception of very minor lesions, every wound (e.g., after accident, disease, or surgery) results in some degree of scarring.
Scar tissue is composed of the same protein (collagen) as the tissue that it replaces, but the fiber composition of the protein is different; instead of a random basket weave formation of the collagen fibers found in normal tissue, in fibrosis the collagen cross-links and forms a pronounced alignment in a single direction. This collagen scar tissue alignment is usually of inferior functional quality to the normal collagen randomized alignment. For example, scars in the skin are less resistant to ultraviolet radiation, and sweat glands and hair follicles do not grow back within scar tissues.
Tell The Story!
Well, anyone who knows me is aware that I have quite a few scars… I kind of like them, they are part of my life’s story, ya know?! It’s all in perspective, you have the CHOICE to allow your scars to be a positive or a negative in your everyday life. Scars are here to stay so you may as well think they’re awesome!
My Scars: get to know me a little more! (smile/wink)
- I have scars on my knees from sliding and diving in my fastpitch softball years (my glory years! ha!) I also tore my MCL in my right knee in soccer (kicking the soccer ball at the same time as the opponent, falling to the ground rolling back and forth holding my knee as I look up into the sky for a brief moment to see the ball still shooting way up in the air then falling back down… ‘dang that ball shot way up there I thought!’) As my mom said to walk it off, we’ll ice it later… um, not sure that’s going to happen mom! And of course I had to re injure that MCL later in softball, dang it! BUT those scars remind me of how hard I used to play and how much I used to LOVE playing sports!
- How about the scar in my mouth as I was playing fast pitch softball and a runner stole for second base, and as the shortstop position I had to cover a wild throw by the catcher trying to reach and catch the ball mid-air, AND try to tag the runner in about one second, only to have the runner smash into me with her helmet smashing into my mouth knocking a couple of teeth out. I woke up on the ground, facing the other way, running my tongue over the gap in my mouth, ‘oh dang, that’s going to be an expensive fix!’ I thought.
- I have a scar you can’t really see unless you have X-ray vision. But I fractured and bruised a few ribs in my back by slide tackling an opponent in soccer and she landed full force on my back with her knee… bystanders said it looked on purpose, dang her! (the good thing about fracturing bones is that when they heal they become stronger!~ unless they don’t heal properly like the bone I broke in my foot at a party!)
- I have a scar under my chin from throwing food into the air to catch it in my mouth (every kid has done this one time or another, just admit it!) Well my family dog saw this as a fun and tasty game and decided to take a turn only to sink her teeth into my chin (by accident!) I never ate that way again!
- Any mom who has had kids can proudly say she has tiger stripes! Sounds way cooler than stretch marks, right ladies?! I have a few and I’d have to say my kids are worth the scars… and worth the MANY stories that come along with those tiger stripes!
- I have scars on my abdomen from my liver biopsies and my gallbladder being removed (funny story! oh wait, not really)… I had liver failure May 2012 due to a rare genetic liver disease called Wilson’s Disease. I almost didn’t make it! I know it’s not a happy story, but I look at those scars as a victory that I had overcome (I know how strong I am because of that!) Three months after my liver failure during one of the MANY procedures I had done they found something on my gallbladder and it had to be removed because it was precancerous polyps(cells) in and on my gallbladder. It’s scary to think you might have cancer, it changes your thoughts on the world, you now know what’s truly important in life and how you want to live it!
I have scars everywhere it seems, but I think this is long enough! I’d LOVE to hear your stories if you’d like to share them…
Remember, perfection is accepting/embracing who you are (and that includes your scars!) Perfection is NOT looking flawless (no one is naturally flawless, because no one is perfect!)
photo of Mary J B by: soulhead.com
photo quote by: justanotherkelsey.blogspot.com