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chicks dig scars by Conundra chicks dig scars by Conundra
or so they tell me.

When my second PICC line failed in October, my medical team and I decided we'd had enough of that nonsense and elected to replace it with a type of central catheter called a port. It's basically a little plastic reservoir (tucked into my pectoral muscle right beneath the larger of the two scars) attached to a tube that extends from the reservoir to my subclavian vein (see: the smaller scar located just beneath my collarbone) to my superior vena cava.

The entire point of this little photo-session in the rain was to photograph the scars on my chest. Initially, I wasn't happy with this photo at all, but the more I looked at it, the more I liked it; rather than focusing on them, it shows them in context.
I tend to think of these two scars as being much larger than they are because of their impact on my life. It's taken a while to get used to them, but I'm finally starting to see them for what they are: just another part of me.

selfportrait, taken 3.09.2013
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JoanSanders Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013
What illness? Lovely tattoos! Have you removed your nipple barbells?
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Conundra Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014
Lyme disease. I've added another central IV line scar since this photo was taken.
My nipple piercings have been gone for a while, now. I miss them. When I'm healthy enough for new body modification, I plan on having them re-done.
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dwingephotography Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013  Student Photographer
Excellent.
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Rebelflowers Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013   Photographer
Scars... I have plenty of my own. Yes, they are mine, and yes they are little details of my life. Sometimes chapters that I had little or no control over... but they are my history. Time will allow you to forget about them, yet they will always remain. Everything is a stepping stone towards a new road in life. Even our scars. :)
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semi234 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013
Interesting story behind the scars.
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bear48 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013  Professional
Be well my friend
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remuko Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013
you are so awesome :)
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mbka Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013   Photographer
If you didn't tell... hard to notice at all.
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Alan-H-Bruce Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
yep, our scars, physical and emotional, are part of us... sometimes make us what we are. beautifully written...
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stokerbramwell Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013
I find scars like this oddly beautiful, in a way. They tell a story of hardship and, ultimately, survival.
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