Your words are so kind and encouraging. Yes I am struggling badly now but so many people, strangers like yourself have reached out, said just a few small things. A few beautiful things. The weight of all those little words has continued to build. I can feel all of them, mixed together. Suddenly my pain is a little bit eased. I am truly humbled by the experience.

It was genuinely frightening posting that picture of some of my scars. I had no idea what to expect in return. I think a little part of me was hoping for a backlash. Hoping that someone would take a shot at me. Tell me I am stupid, or that I’m ugly, or that this is the wrong place for images like that.

Instead I got even more love. Sometimes Medium is truly a magical place.

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