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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?
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.
dwingephotography Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013  Student Photographer
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. :)
semi234 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013
Interesting story behind the scars.
bear48 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013  Professional
Be well my friend
remuko Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013
you are so awesome :)
mbka Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013   Photographer
If you didn't tell... hard to notice at all.
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...
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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