I had originally wanted to post pictures of my TSW journey at the 2 year mark but ultimately shied away from doing so due to various reasons. A major reason was because of my intensely private nature and I felt like putting my face on the web will expose and make me feel vulnerable again.
Note: there is nothing wrong with putting photos on your blog but I value privacy and feel much more comfortable being anonymous.
– I also felt like it wasn’t necessary because my blog had little bits of traction and success with just my words
– Furthermore, you don’t know what internet warriors will do with your photos and there really is no turning back once things are released into the World Wide Web.
– And let’s all be real here. Nobody wants to post ugly photos of themselves. That’s why some of us take 20 selfies to get that ONE ‘perfect’ shot. I’m vain. I admit it.
I guess I was simply afraid and not ready.
But here we are today. Another 12 months logged into this online diary.
Nothing much has changed since the year before. I haven’t had any flares this year and things have pretty much returned to normal since my last major flare on November 18, 2013 (month 14)
In July 2015 (month 34) I mentioned this will be a done deal if there were no major fluctuations by the 3 year mark.
And it really looks as though I have fought a brave battle. I also want to thank each and every one of you for taking the time to read and write comments over the last couple of years.
The purpose of this blog is to educate and inform. This has been mentioned countless times and is definitely something I still stand behind. What is raising awareness when there are no photos to supplement the text? I have been flirting with the idea of a special post and I feel like my readers deserve a special read after all that has happened since September 2012.
So what has changed? As cliché as it sounds I’ve grown and matured and have moved past this phase of my life. Time heals all wounds and the thought of showing my pictures to people no longer make me cringe.
So without further ado, I present to you a collage of the many sides of my face. A collection of photographic memories that span 3 years of healing and learning. Warning: graphic!
(NO HATEFUL COMMENTS OR LAUGHING PLZ!)
Big ups to those who have stood by my journey over the last 36 months!
Escaped and finally flyin’ free.
Now meet me on the other side…