Okay, now don't read this post if you don't want to see what having a bag looks like, because I'm about to show you. I know it's not pretty however it is real and I think people need to be made aware of what they are and what they look like. It is not pretty but neither is a dead body and that is what you would be looking at if it weren't for these bags. They save lives. Having said that they also take a lot of getting used to and yes they do challenge your idea of body image. You have to try and get past that if you want to stay in control of yourself. I think the more that people are made aware then the more that people with a 'bag' are going to have an easier time accepting what has happened to them, which is very important. Anyway I have been promising to show you what it looks like for a while now so this is the post in which I will show you. I will give you a before and after shot, unfortunately I don't have a before photo of my midriff uncovered so I will just show you one as close to as possible. The reason I'm showing you some of me in underwear is because I want to show you how I looked before and what I could wear before, so you get the full impact of what happens and what we actually have to get used too. I know those shots don't show my stomach but you can tell by me walking down the stairs how flat it is and that there is no 'bag' there then, the one where I am sitting on the bed putting on my shoe I think shows something that most women take for granted, putting on our underwear and pretty shoes ready to go out somewhere, I have used it to highlight the huge impact and difference on lives this causes. Okay, this is very difficult for me to do, I don't even show people in real life, except my very closest friends and here I am putting it on the internet for anyone and everyone to see, however, if it helps awareness then it is worth it. When you see the ones of the 'bag' you can clearly see a scar going down and then across like and 'L' shape but there is also one going straight down which has faded somewhat, that surgery gave me this bag, if you look closely you can see it, it goes straight down to my pubic bone, so I am a bit of a mess with scars, they are a lot more noticeable in real life too.
I truly hope that by putting myself 'out there' like this it helps other people who may have a 'bag' to come to terms with it and also those that don't to understand a little what it may be like for people that do. I will discuss the affects and some more issues in my next post.