My Journey to Love My Chronically Ill Body
Everyone suffers from insecurity every once in a while. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a man or a woman, a child or a teenager. Nor if you’re disabled or able-bodied. But when your body starts to fail you, that can sometimes escalate those occasional feelings of self-consciousness.
Before the onset of my disease, I was a very active child. I loved running and playing sports. I also belonged to a Polynesian dance group. At 7, my body was very toned and muscular. As my symptoms of muscular dystrophy became more visible, my body was forced to adjust to a new lifestyle involving very limited physical activity. As a result, I started to look like I had put on some weight, and my round face looked like it had inflated like a balloon. As a young teen, I suddenly became hyperaware of my body.
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