Af - 27/07-15 17:34

Ja, min krop er skamferet - og hvad så?Ja, min krop er skamferet - og hvad så?

- Om jeg var bange? Ja, men ikke for alle de kommentarer, jeg ville få, siger den unge kvinde, hvis billede er gået viralt.

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21-årige Michelle Elman har valgt at vise sin krop frem. Hun frygtede mest en særlig fyrs reaktion. (Billede: Instagram)

Det tog hende år at opbygge modet til at vise sig frem i bikini. Billedet, som hun lagde på Instagram for to uger siden, viser med al tydelighed hvorfor.

Michelle Elmans krop har siden barndommen været dækket af dybe ar, som er et resultat af intet mindre end 15 operationer. Men nu skulle det være.

- Om jeg var bange? Ja, men ikke for alle de kommentarer, jeg ville få. Jeg var bange for, at den fyr, jeg var interesseret i, ville se det, men jeg gjorde det alligevel, siger 21-årige Michelle Elman til Today.com.

Billedet førte til, at flere medier skrev om den modige kvinde, der nu står frem og fortæller sin historie om billedet, som du kan se herunder:

PEOPLE WITH SCARS CAN’T WEAR BIKINIS This is what I have believed for the last 21 years of my life and when asked in January why I never wear bikinis, this horrible sentence came out of my mouth. I was shocked - at myself! I had had 15 surgeries, a brain tumour, a punctured intestine, an obstructed bowel, a cyst in brain and have lived for the last 21 years with a condition called Hydrocephalus yet somehow my scars have always been the hardest part. They make already awkward moments in your adolescence even more uncomfortable - like taking your top off for the first time in front of your boyfriend, and made me feel even more isolated in a world where I felt no one could understand. At age 7, I tried on my first bikini and after receiving a range of reactions from disgust to pity, it soon became easier to hide away and be doomed to a life of tankinis and one-pieces. Why did I believe this? Because over the years, I have learnt that my scars make people uncomfortable. I had become ashamed of my body and soon other people’s disgust became my own and this was allowed to be the case because of one simple reason - I had no one to talk to about it. Well in January, I started to talk about it - all of it, and I want other people to join in on the conversation. Every human has scars, whether there are emotional and physical - they are part of our story and we should be proud of them. About a month ago, I finally faced up to wearing a bikini and although, I love my body thoroughly and have for many years - this was one of the most difficult things I have ever done, yet once it was on, it was one of the most liberating feelings to know that I wasn’t letting two pieces of material stop me from being comfortable in my own body. My belief is that no one should have to feel ashamed of their body, whether you have stretch marks or a C-section scar so... THIS summer, let’s stand up and be proud of our scars and what they represent - a story! Tag a friend below and lets make this the summer of scars! #scarrednotscared

Et billede slået op af Michelle Elman (@mindsetforlifeltd) den


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Hun har haft sin del af modgang. Den 21-årige kvinde har overlevet kræft i hjernen, en punkteret tarm, cyster i hjernen og har gennemgået mere end et tusind operationer, da hun i 21 år har levet med en tilstand, der gør, at der ophober sig væske i hjernen. Men det er de mange ar, der har været de værste.

Nu er hendes billede gået viralt, og selv om hun havde forventet mange lede kommentarer, så er hun blevet mødt af en strøm af støtte.

- Jeg vidste, der manglede en stemme til os med ar, men de manglende negative kommentarer har været overvældende, siger hun.

- Jeg håber, at folk vil se mit billede og indse, at de sagtens kan gøre det samme. Jeg kan sætte et flueben ud for det hele. Jeg er overvægtig, har ar, afstammer fra forskellige racer og er handicappet. Det er disse forskelle, som vi bør være stolte af.

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