We’ve all experienced hardship in our lifetime. The problems we face help shape us into the people we are today.
For many, these hardships come in the form of illness, disease, or disabilities, leaving behind a visible or invisible scar. It’s difficult to accept these imperfections, but sharing your story can help those who haven’t yet embraced their vulnerabilities. Instead of hiding these scars, we encourage you to share your scar as a way to promote self-acceptance with our #ShowYourScar campaign.
During the month of May 2017, we asked participants to share a photo of themselves or their scar on Twitter or Instagram. For a live feed of submissions, click here.
Two Ambassadors Share Their Stories and Scars
Josh and Christina Smallwood adopted Finley at birth and quickly discovered that she was had with Cerebral Palsy. After discovering that Finley was a candidate for a life-changing procedure that would help her walk on her own, they raised over $66,000 on YouCaring and had the Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy (SDR) Surgery in October 2016. Finley has been making huge strides every day to reach her goals.
Levi Olson was born with Spina Bifida and at only eight days old underwent spinal surgery. Recovery seemed to be going well until doctors discovered he had a bladder and bowel dysfunction at five months old. Despite experiencing intense pain and undergoing 15 procedures, Levi’s mom realizes it’s important to help her son and others feel empowered by his scar.
After watching her son experience severe pain, she decided to take action. She invented a catheter device that helped alleviate the severe pain. Luckily, the prototype worked on her son. She’s currently crowdfunding on YouCaring to help other people live pain-free with this device.
We encourage everyone who has gone through hardship to promote self-acceptance by sharing their scars, like the Smallwood and Olson family. #ShowYourScar runs from Tuesday, May 2 until Wednesday, May 31. The recipient will be announced on Thursday, June 1 on YouCaring’s Twitter and Instagram.
For more information on how to participate in the #ShowYourScar campaign, click here.