#OwnItCampaign**Note from Natalie**  I got teary-eyed when I received Carly’s email (good tears).  I feel like she completely understood and got the message we are trying to share here with the #ownitcampaign.  Thank you Carly, truly and sincerely, for sharing your message.  Your words are going to help and encourage so many people. – Natalie
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I’ve been following your blog recently and love this #ownitcampaign. I have to be honest, at first I thought it was just stories of fit people having trouble and, being overweight and unable to really get down and fix it right now, I was hesitant to follow.

A year ago, December 2012, I was hit by a car while crossing the street in a crosswalk. My 2013 year was.. Well, I went to hell and back. I lost my ability to walk and function as humans should. For so long, it was hard for me to talk about let alone think about what happened. I had to learn to walk again. I had to depend on others, which is not my strong suit. I had to learn patience, my other not so strong suit.

I went through a year of surgery after surgery, being bed ridden for a good half the year. I suffer from nerve damage and drop foot in my right leg/foot. My countless doctors would find problem after problem during each surgery. Let’s just say, my legs have been butchered with giant scars as the result.

One of my biggest, and current, struggles is realizing this wasn’t my fault. The driver was texting and I was in a crosswalk. None of this is my fault. When suffering through recoveries, it’s hard to remember that. I had to learn to channel my anger as well. My loving husband became my venting/yelling at board. Thank God for him.

My big #ownit moment came the other day. My legs are covered in long, brutal scars. I’ve never been a fan of wearing shorts, especially with this extra weight, but thought I’d try some on since the weather is getting nicer. As I looked in the mirror, I saw my scars. I stood there, staring for a bit, when a large feeling of pride came over me. These are my scars. My witness that I lived through a horrific accident that should have killed me. That I’m walking, standing, turning. I lived. I fought.

My message is to those who have suffered through any horrific incident that they have no control over. This World is vast and accidents happen. Fight to survive. Fight to be tougher for those around you. Fight for you.

Thank you Natalie. Thank you for sharing your life with strangers. You’re a wonderful, kind-hearted person who is helping people like me continue on with hope.

Thanks again,
Carly Matson

 This was before my final surgery. Left pic: scar on my right knee/thigh/calf. Right top: smaller scar on right knee. Right bottom: scar and dent from hematoma/tumor(randomly found during surgery for hematoma) on left upper thigh.


This was before my final surgery. Left pic: scar on my right knee/thigh/calf. Right top: smaller scar on right knee. Right bottom: scar and dent from hematoma/tumor(randomly found during surgery for hematoma) on left upper thigh.

Before&After. My scars on my right leg after my final surgery. (Hopefully!)

Before&After. My scars on my right leg after my final surgery. (Hopefully!)

Me in the hospital. I dislike this pic but it shows my good spirits I tried to have. :) And I wouldn't let my hubs take any pics of me during all this. He snuck this one in.

Me in the hospital. I dislike this pic but it shows my good spirits I tried to have. 🙂 And I wouldn’t let my hubs take any pics of me during all this. He snuck this one in.

My wonderful family taking me in during recovery. I would have been lost without them.

My wonderful family taking me in during recovery. I would have been lost without them.

Last pic, I promise. :) My BFF and I, shopping. That leg brace was a lifesaver. This is just to show I am walking and will never stop shopping. Update: I no longer need that leg brace! Miracles are real.

Last pic, I promise. 🙂 My BFF and I, shopping. That leg brace was a lifesaver. This is just to show I am walking and will never stop shopping.
Update: I no longer need that leg brace! Miracles are real.

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The #OwnIt Campaign shares encouraging stories of people who are ‘owning’ their stories.  It can be body-image related, personal-history related, or any personal struggle you have ‘owned’ and gained confidence from that action.  You can read more about the campaign by clicking here.  Use the hashtags #OwnItCampaign and #OwnIt to be featured or email ownitcampaign@gmail.com. **NOTE** It’s important you use the #ownitcampaign hashtag so we can search through that hashtag later to see your story.

“Owning our story can be hard but not nearly as difficult as spending our lives running from it. Embracing our vulnerabilities is risky but not nearly as dangerous as giving up on love and belonging and joy—the experiences that make us the most vulnerable. Only when we are brave enough to explore the darkness will we discover the infinite power of our light.” – Brene Brown