Hi Everyone, I also, thought I was normal. I've never tried to hide it because if I didn't have my scar ~ there would be no ME ;-(. I've had three surgeries. My first was in 1962 ~ that scar is under my bra from front to back. The second was in 1965 ~ this one is my zipper. And, the third was this January 2012 ~ I had my PV valve replaced. He cut right thru my zipper. It's really cool ~ I look in the mirror and my zipper has a cool line in the middle. I'm proud of my scar and in a way I want people to see it. It's beautiful! Before my PV surgery I was concerned about how he was going in ~ recut my scar - that sounds horrible. But, it's not.
I am also proud to be a member of the'Zipper Club', however, the Dr's. don't stitch you up anymore! It's now glue! Sign of the times! Now with robotics there is no scarring at all!! A little slit in the skin is all it takes!! Medicine has advanced so far!! Who knows with the stem cell research, the scar on the heart can be fully healed!! WOW!! I hope I live to see that day!!
When I was a small child, I didn't even realize that I had a scar...I thought I was just like everyone else. When I was around seven or so, someone pointed it out at recess and asked about it. From that moment forward I was OVERLY aware of it. I did not wear shirts that dipped in the neck at all. When I was in high school I even sought our prom/ball gowns that would cover my scar. As I got older it started to matter less and less, as all things like that do. Especially after my second surgery (Six Years Ago this coming Friday) I would say that I started to almost feel proud of it. It reminds me how LUCKY I am to be alive and how precious life is. I wear ANYTHING I want now. People may stare occasionally, but it really doesn't bother me. I have had only one person approach me in my adult life. A man, at the beach, said: "I see you are a fellow member of the zipper club". I smiled at him and said: "sure am!" I think he wanted to swap war stories or something...but I don't like to talk about it too much. Spark is really the only place that I am very vocal about it at all!
As corny as it sounds I don't really have fears about treatment or surgery. I have peace and confidence. God got me this far, and if he intends for me to keep going he will make sure it happens. I am confident in my doctors and all of the leaps and bounds in technology in my lifespan. I appreciate the discoveries and developments that have brought me this far and am excited to see what the future holds!
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