I have had several people suggest different products that can be used to help conceal or lessen the scars. While I appreciate the suggestions, I simply reply by generally saying "Thanks, but I like my scars the way they are". I could try to say something philosophical about my scars (e.g., I look at them as a reminder of how unpredictable life is), but I don't think that's necessary or completely true. The truth for me is that I don't want to hide them, because I'm not embarrassed or ashamed of them. When I tell people this, they look at me like I'm foolish for not wanting to treat them. Perhaps, they have had traumatizing experiences that resulted in scars (I hope not!) or maybe they just think my scars are ugly. I don't ask. But for my personal situation, I am indifferent to the appearances of my scars. If they look better later in life - great! If they look the same or worse later in life - fine! I don't think the appearances of my scars will affect my confidence or my everyday attitude. I won't forget how I got them, but I won't dwell on it either. I'm just happy to be (generally) healthy again - scars and all.
Sunday, March 29, 2009
Scarred for Life
As a result of my recent accident, I now have two scars on the inside and outside of my left leg. They are significant sizes - the scar on the inside of my leg is about 4" long, while the scar on the outside of my leg is about 8" long (keep in mind they are holding some good stuff inside like a sizable amount of surgical steel and screws). I know people are in awe of my scars, and I'm not sure why. I know they are not envious of my scars. I know they wish the scars never even existed. But, I also know that people love gore. I think they just can't help looking at (and in some cases touching) the scars. I find it amusing, and it's easy for me to talk about with people.