Keloidal Truths

I had my earliest keloid before I had every heard of a word as such. I was about 5 and a vaccination which started as a small bump on my upper left arm started to grow with age into a phallus shaped scar (much to my amusement). A few years ago, I began to notice brownish bumps on my back. It was then then I did a little research into my condition.I have lived with my keloids for four years now without any treatment or anything as such. Some of them have grown a little, and I do have three tiny ones on my chest which does restrict chain wearing to some extent.

Up until now, I really thought I must be the only person with this weird "thing". Perhaps I am lucky or have been sheltered over the last six years but I have never experienced any bad reactions to my scars. Sure, people do tend to start quite blatantly - my keloids are on my back and I do love skimpy clothing and refuse to restrict my clothing in any way. Friends have asked me what they are, often wondering if they are burns, or accident scars (sometimes I make up rather colorful stories about just how I got them which is always fun) , and I have always been happy to answer questions.

But really, keloids aren't that bad - they aren't harmful, or life threatening. And of course, they aren't pretty - but scars aren't meant to be. Like any other scars, they have made me stronger and have played a part in making me the woman I am today. I know that treatments in the future may never rid me of them and I won't say I love them (well with the exception of the phallus :D), but I do see them as a symbol of strength, and my fight towards overcoming life's challenges. Fortunately, I have found friends and boyfriends who think alike, and see them just as I do.

To all the people on this website, don't lose hope and don't let your keloids define who you really are. If people can't accept you with your keloids, then maybe they aren't worth having in your life at all.

FlowerChild175 FlowerChild175
Sep 6, 2012