Instead of hiding their scars, we encouraged people to embrace them. Throughout May, we asked YouCaring members and their communities to post photos of their scars on Twitter or Instagram, explain how their scars empower them, tag @YouCaring, and use #ShowYourScar for the chance to receive $500 towards a fundraiser.
Below we’ve highlighted the top posts from the #ShowYourScar campaign. Check out the following for much-needed inspiration.
In 2008 a driver talking on his handsfree cell phone ran a red light. A semi truck swerved to miss him, but drove overtop of my car instead. In an effort to mend my shattered pelvis I was left with a staph infection that nearly killed me. This 10 inch scar on my hip is what it took to clean out that infection. I spent years hating and being embarrassed by this scar. Slowly I came to appreciate that if I didn’t have this scar I wouldn’t be alive. I worked hard to rebuild the muscles and be strong enough to live an independent life. Neither of my parents survived the crash. This scar is proof that I’m a fighter. This scar is the battle wound of my survival. This scar reminds me to be grateful to be alive. #ShowYourScar #perspective #crashnotaccident #hangupanddrive
Almost 26 years ago I had open heart surgery to repair a congenital heart condition that’s called Tetralogy of Fallot. In return for an almost normal heart, I was left with a scar that measures more then 12″ in length including the two tube holes right above my belly button. As a young kid in middle school, I was teased and made fun of for being the “scar chest” which led me to never wear a bathing suit or shirt that showed any part of my scar for many years. It wasn’t until I was a young adult that I began to appreciate what the scar stood for in my life. It was a second chance, a triumph, and it gave me the will to fight on even in the midst of some of the crazy things that life throws at you. I swear us kids who suffer from these types of things come back with vengeance! ✨ Everyday I see my scar as I get dressed and thank God. What a beautiful reminder of how short life can be or how some of the “big things” really aren’t so big. I have since accomplished things that I know my parents and family never thought they’d see me do. I graduated college, got married, and recently (the biggest accomplishment of all) gave birth to a HEALTHY (no heart condition) baby. I feel beyond blessed to have gone though such an amazing experience and hope my story gives another person out there hope or inspiration to know that there is another side to the struggle you may be living whether you youself or you as a parent. Join the ‘show your scar’ campaign and publicly share your story💕#showyourscar @youcaring #heartbabies #choc #tetralogyoffallot
— Cass, Mavis + Eleven (@cassrobnson) May 12, 2017
As I spent the last eight months going through surgeries for colon cancer, I realized that I shouldn’t hide behind my scars. I should embrace them and let women know it’s ok to forge your own path and do what you feel is best for your body. My intent is to be a good role model and example for my four daughters and encourage them to live life to the fullest. @YouCaring #ShowYourScar
@youcaring #showyourscar. When I was born I wasn’t breathing and my heartbeat was really low, this was caused by my mom’s uterine rupture and left me without oxygen. Doctors were able to save me but I wasn’t expected to walk, talk or do anything. I was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy at the age of one but the doctors suspected it before then. I’ve done years and years of therapies. Today, I can walk without a walker or crutches- short distances, I can talk fairly well, I do stuff that the doctors said that I would never do. I never give up. I know that I’ll always need some kind of therapy and there’ll be stuff that I can’t do no matter how hard I try but otherwise, if I think I can do something and I want to do it, I will do everything I can to do it. I don’t consider myself as an inspiration, people say I’m inspiring because I don’t let anything stop me, but really, I’m just doing whatever I have to do to live life. #mystory #cerebralpalsy #physicaldisability
John Boy here, jumping on the #showyourscar campaign. That big one above my belly was my first scar because of pyloric stenosis. My second surgery was to get my g-tube, and the docs went through my belly button for that. My most recent surgery was to have a nissen fundoplication done, so I have two other scars on my belly now (my hand is covering one of them). I also have about a dozen marks from all the IVs I’ve ever had because I’m very possessive of my blood and don’t like to give it freely. Mom says my scars are my superhero badges and that without them I wouldn’t be the happy boy I am right now. She’s proud of them, and I suppose I am too because my brother doesn’t have any superhero marks (so obviously I am way cooler). 💫 @youcaring
The #ShowYourScar prize recipient is Emilia Ospina. In her post, she explains that she has her scar because she chose to be proactive and choose life over cancer. Doctors removed part of her colon and ovary to reduce her chances of receiving a cancer diagnosis after being diagnosed with Lynch Syndrome at the age of 20. Emilia chose to donate the $500 towards Finley Smallwood’s fundraiser as she fights every day to walk on her own after receiving a life-changing surgery to combat her Cerebral Palsy.
Because I think my scar is kick ass and I support @fifiandmo cause! @youcaring *At 20 years old I lost my mom to colon cancer. *that same year, 1 month after her death, I was diagnosed with Lynch Syndrome. *At 21, Drs and I chose to remove 80% of my colon plus my left ovary. Here I am, at 28 years old with this AMAZING scar. A scar that reminds me on the daily, that I am BLESSED not unlucky. This scar represents life. I have this scar because I chose to be pro active. I had the opportunity to remove my colon to lessen my chances of cancer and I took it. I took my 80% chance of getting cancer and flipped it to 80% chance of living longer. I am proud of my zipper scar, its a part of me, of who I am. And who am I? Im Emilia Ospina, the girl that told cancer to get lost! It wont take over me! #ShowYourScar #youcaring #lynchsyndromecarrier #proudofmyscar #scarstoyourbeautiful
Thank you to everyone who participated in #ShowYourScar! If you’d like to see more campaigns like this or have ideas for our next one, shoot us a tweet here.