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I went through the windshield of a car when I was 4 years old. It tore off most of my left eyebrow, sliced open my entire forehead and ripped up the skin under my mouth. This post is about my facial scars resulting from that car accident.


Proud Flesh, “exuberant granulation tissue” – the first stage in the creation of scar tissue.
Proud flesh is for me, more aptly stated as an end rather than a beginning.

Proud flesh, my scars.

Proud flesh, my scars.

Proud flesh, my scars.


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There comes to a point in life in which you see your Proud Flesh and wouldn’t – not for the world – change them.

I wouldn’t change mine.

I learned from them that the world is temporal. That our faces are facades. That our faces are frames. That are faces are flesh. That flesh changes and yet – our core never does. Our spirit, ever-eternal, will always be.

Whole.

I don’t often talk about my scars – not in the way that I do my deafness. There isn’t much to talk about. They are not something I struggle with (anymore). They are not something I’d change (if I could).

Proud flesh, proud of my flesh.

I learned too much from them to feel anything but gratitude.

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I feel the small hands of my children on my scars, tracing the lines. “Mommy, what’s this?”
Proud flesh, honey.
It’s proud.


Originally published on September 19th, 2011. Reposted in 2013 in response to questions about my scars, and again in 2024 to celebrate facial difference.

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  1. Maeve's Momma says:

    Wonderful photographs, wonderful words.

  2. xoxo. Confidence, happiness, self-acceptance. LOVE. : )

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