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Thankful for my body: collagen

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

I teach anatomy, so appreciating my body went to specifics. Collagen is a protein that gives your body strength. It's around your organs, the structure of bones and ligaments, support for your skin. For decades, the collagen of my skin has been doing its strongest to hold back the excess adipose, fat of my body. As that fat is being sparked away, I can see the changes in collagen structuresunder my skin. Stretch marks (collagen holding things together) are reabsorbing. I have 3 scars on my arm that I got when I was 9. I snagged my arm on our mailbox. The scars have been a physical, visible reminder of me as a child. A few years ago, I looked for the 3 small scars on my arm, and couldn't find them. There was too much fat stretching out my skin. Those scars are collagen, too, repairing the deep scratches from almost 40 years ago. I can see the scars now. I feel like I'm finding parts of me I've ignored for years. Strong me, positive me, fit me, healthy me.
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    I read this and immediately looked to my left hand for the scar I received as a child (stabbed myself with scissors while trying to open a bottle of glue to make paper mache without my mom knowing). It's still there, and proof that I was foolish on more than one occasion in my lifetime. emoticon
    2365 days ago
    Okay, stretch marks can be reabsorbed? I have an entirely new goal now!

    In all sincerity, though, I love your perspective. It's a neat idea, rediscovering the proof of your youth right there in your scars. Very cool metaphor.
    2370 days ago
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