The scar from my spinal fusion.
If you wanna read more about my surgery, see more pictures etc, I have everything gathered at [link]
My surgery was done from the front instead of the back, meaning that they cut through the right side of my ribcage, punctured my lung, removed one of my ribs and then separated all of my ribs (on the right side) from my spine, before fusing my spine with screws and a metal rod. They then put my ribs back together (except the one they completely removed), and 8 hours later, I woke up in the ICU. I spent 9 days at the hospital, and then it took me about 5 weeks at home to return back to "normal". I didn't know pain like that existed. I also got addicted to the morphine and had horrible panic attacks combined with depression and anxiety. I didn't think I would be able to handle it at several points.
It's been 9 weeks now, and it's still really rough, but a lot better, and I'm extremely proud of myself for making it through.
This scar will always remind me of everything I've survived. I look down at it, and I'm proud.