#LoveYourBody

 

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Body confidence

 

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“I angry when I see girls complaining about body image. It hurts a lot. I have battled with my body for years, and I’ve been through more than most people my age. its caused me to learn to love the body I have. I accept it and give it the love it needs”

“You know, the world is too superficial… Of course aesthetics is important and it makes you feel great, but it is not the be-all and end-all of things. We don’t need to strive for a level of unrealistic perfection. We’re not all supposed to have double D’s and a 26inch waist. The most important thing is to accept and respect your body. Take long walks, eat healthily and worship your body. These things should make you feel beautiful and happy.”  – Humans of Dublin 2015

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Thyroid Cancer

Thyroid Cancer

Kidney removal

Kidney removal

 

Severe Idiopathic Scoliosis

Severe Idiopathic Scoliosis

This year I have had my body cut open, pulled at, and fundamentally changed for the rest of my life. I’m still coming to terms with my new body, and sometimes I question ‘why me?’. I used to feel sad that my body is so different to everybody else – and I used to wish that I looked like the girls on Instagram. I felt ashamed and ugly.

But now i’m holding my head high, and I’ll wear my scars with pride because real beauty isn’t being airbrushed to perfection. It takes courage to wear scars like these. Concern with appearance is not an entirely new phenomenon, but tackling the issue is. So how about we stop the worrying, stop comparing, stop the shaming, and start loving the bodies we have.

Won’t you join me in fighting the shame? Use the hashtag #LoveYourBody to join in the conversation on Twitter