Learning to Embrace Your True Beauty

Birgit Bauer
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Birgit Bauer

I am beautiful!

After being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, I heard a song that inspired me and helped me deal with my changing body. In my eyes I was ugly, my body felt wired, I was totally confused. I didn’t feel like myself or thought I could still be beautiful because of my diagnosis. From my perspective, being beautiful is directly connected to having a healthy and working body.

At the time of my diagnosis I felt paralyzed. I missed the feeling of being myself, having fun and enjoying life. I was ungrateful for the body I had, and was wishing for a body that wasn’t mine. It wasn’t until I heard the song “Beautiful” by Christina Aguilera that I felt comfortable in my own skin again.

I realized then to be beautiful means being comfortable in your own skin. I realized how you feel about yourself is what really matters.

Beauty doesn’t mean perfection. Beauty to me means accepting myself – and appreciating my body and soul, apart from my MS.

My body is 45 years old now and it has survived a lot of examinations, surgeries and pains. It is a wonderful system and it works every day. My body belongs to me and I belong with my body. Like Christina sings: “I am beautiful. In every single way.

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