Living with Scars by Clare Shaw

I’m someone who lives with the scars of self-injury. I’m not going to waste the next 2000 words on techniques for covering up. That’s not to say they aren’t part of the story – but only the smallest part. My scars aren’t just marks on my skin. They are kind of writing; a way of telling a story. A story of wounding and damage, and of healing; of being marked; and of living with visible difference. It is my story – but not my story alone. ‘Living with scars’ – our own and other people’s – opens up important choices and opportunities for every single one of us…

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