Hi lovelies. I’m Jade, I’m 28, and this is my body confidence journey.
To start, I will explain my diagnosis and why I have scars. I have a form of IBD – Crohn’s Colitis and PSC – Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis, so I’ve had some operations:
Ileoceceal resection- 2015
Abscess drain- 2017
Gallbladder removal- 2019
So, in all honesty, I have always struggled with body confidence for as long as I can remember, but for the past year or so I’ve really tried hard to build my confidence up. How I’ve done this is by wearing crop tops around the house, looking at my scars more in the mirror, and taking ‘posey’ pictures with my scars on show – not for anyone on social media to see, but just for myself. I started realising that my scars aren’t a bad thing and I shouldn’t always hide them away or keep them covered. They are on my body from the crazy journey I’ve been on. My body is SO strong and amazing and I couldn’t be prouder of it!
I now wear bikinis and crop tops and take part in body confidence campaigns wearing bikinis. I have posted pictures of my scars showing, and the feedback has always been better than I could have ever imagined. It really really helped me along on my journey. I still have some rubbish days and that’s fine – it’s completely normal – no one feels 100% confident 365 days a year.
I now LOVE my body and scars more. I’ve carried two children, gone through many operations, extreme weight loss and quick weight gain a couple of times. My body is amazing!! ❤️
My advice for anyone trying to build on body confidence is firstly DO NOT compare yourself to anyone else. Also, body confidence doesn’t happen overnight, it does take time. Take some pictures for you to look at and find the GOOD in them instead of the bad. Give yourself compliments. You’ve got this 👌🏽
Thank you to Surakhsha for letting me write my little journey out to share with others. Such an amazing idea.
Happy confidence-building dolls ❤️
You can follow Jade on Instragram at jadelouise.crohns