Hey hey guys and dolls!
I’ve got some inspiring stories lined up just waiting to inspire you to be more confident about your disease, your scars, and your ostomies. First, right here and now, I am going to share with you my interview with WEGO Health and also share with you a picture that I’m a little afraid to post (don’t be disappointed in me Grandma! The human body is a beautiful thing). I also have a great story from a friend who ran in a race naked with his ostomy! You know you want to hear about that and I will tell you about it soon.
Up first: Remember when I entered that “Myth Mugshot” competition that WEGO Health was doing? Well I won and I owe that to all of you who took the time to vote for my picture. So thank you very much to all of you who voted. I am blessed to have such a great community of people who support me and I was overwhelmed at all the support. Although I may have harassed some of you to do it. ;p
So this was the winning photo. The object of the contest was to take a “myth mugshot” of you holding a sign and busting a myth. As you know, I do a lot of work in self-esteem and trying to inspire you guys to feel confident in yourselves as I know that this disease can surely rob you of that sometimes. So naturally I went in the direction of scars when thinking of what I wanted my sign to say.
But before I chose the first photo as the one I entered for the contest I took LOTS of pictures. No seriously, I took a bunch. I wanted the picture to represent ‘me’ and what I stand for, so I dressed myself all up and wanted to portray the image of a girl who looked confident and attractive but who had scars. To show that you can still be beautiful and have scars/a disease, duh!
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And this is the photo I am a little hesitant about posting because well…well…you know. But dammit I am super muthafuckinproud of my body FINALLY, and I am happy that I am at a point where I can feel this confident. I may have scars, my tummy might not be flat (it’s never flat actually - perks of Crohn’s disease), I might have hair loss or weight gain/loss from time to time, but I don’t give a rats ass about what you think. (Okay, that’s not true. I do care what you think about ME - the person, just not what you think about my body). I like the new me and my disease made me feel this way. I’m digging the confidence and I was “healthy” when I took this which is nice because now I’ve lost lots of weight again. If I get any whiney jealous females writing me comments again to complain about a photograph of me like this then you can kiss my sexy ass.
Anyway, now that I got that out of my system…
That last photo was one of my favorites and one that I wanted to use because my scars show in the picture, my semi-colon tattoo shows in it, and it kind of portrays everything I wanted my picture to say BUT since it was a “mugshot” contest this didn’t really fit. So I chose one that resembled all the other pictures in the contest. Plus I figured that maybe on down the road I would get all embarrassed that I posted this picture for all of the world to see. Okay, now I will share with you the interview I did with WEGO Health after I won the contest.
From Mugshot to Headshot: Sara Ringer Beautifies Health Activism