From moms changing the world to聽challenging (as well as breaking) the conventional notions of 鈥渂eauty鈥 and 鈥渇laws,鈥 we鈥檙e regularly sharing inspiration across the Internet. Plus-size beauty vlogger聽Loey Lane hit back to trolls who told her she couldn鈥檛 wear a bikini. Instagram unblocked the term #curvy because they recognized that the term is closely tied to body positivity. And recently, Italian footwear brand Woz Shoes聽swore off Photoshop in an effort to promote the idea that 鈥渘ormal is special,鈥 rather than pushing an impossible ideal of beauty. The latest person on our radar is聽Michelle Elman.

A聽body positivity coach from the UK, Michelle has suffered from a disease called hydrocephalus for the last 21 years, which is when there is an accumulation of cerebral spinal fluid around the brain. Due to her disease, she鈥檚 had a brain tumor, a punctured intestine, an obstructed bowel, a cyst in brain and 15 surgeries to date. According to her, the hardest part hasn鈥檛 been the disease itself so much as鈥漝ealing with the scars those operations left [her].鈥


She posted this pic of herself along with an incredibly inspiring caption that talked about how she鈥檇 lived most of her life believing she couldn鈥檛 wear a bikini due to the reactions from others聽she received that ranged from 鈥減ity to disgust.鈥 For a very long time, she felt isolated and ashamed, but about a month ago, she decided enough was enough. She believes 鈥渢hat no one should have to feel ashamed of their body, whether you have stretch marks or a C-section scar.鈥 And this summer, she is rocking the bikini boldly and bravely (yaaaaasss, girl, yaaaasss!).聽She uploaded this gorgeous pic of herself and tagged it聽#scarrednotscared. With that hashtag, Michelle is聽calling everyone to action to 鈥渂e proud of our scars.鈥

After all, behind every scar is a story, and every story, if you choose to share it, is worth being heard.

Do you have any scars, and has this movement changed how you feel about them? Tell us in the comments below!

(h/t Huffington Post, photos via @mindsetforlifeltd)