I was reading an article about the impact of plastic surgery on patient’s families. It is one of those things you consider, but I suppose at the time the desperation for results overtake anything else. I knew my body change would have an effect on my children, particularly my daughter. I tried to protect her from this as much as I could, but mummy being covered in bandages from head to toe is a bit difficult to hide. At this point I predict a teenage girl asking for implants because “mummy has them, so why can’t I”. I am not sure how I will deal with that, luckily I have quite a few years to come up with an answer.
But, the last thing I want is for her to feel like there is anything wrong with her body. She is only five and is already way too aware of body issues. The reality of this hit me the other day when in the course of a conversation she mentioned someone we knew needed a doctor. I questioned what she was talking about. She said Mrs X needed to see mummies doctor because her skin was hanging under her arms. I had an arm reduction, so this has normalised the procedure in her eyes. Thank goodness she brought it to me before telling some poor woman she needed her bingo wings removed. But, it got me thinking about how I can rationalise the clearly mixed messages I must be sending. I try as much as I can to build her self-esteem and talk about being beautiful as she is. But, I worry I have set a bad example. What I have said about my surgery was that my skin made me poorly and it hurt. But, everyone is beautiful in their own way. Am I a hypocrite? Can I send the right messages or is my credibility in this area gone? It is so hard; the last thing I want is for her to grow up as I did feeling there was something wrong with me. I want high self-esteem and for her to feel invincible.
I allowed my weight and self-esteem issues keep me from doing so much. In fact now I feel like I am having an epic mid-life crisis. Loving my new confidence, but, hating the fact that at 44, something’s are just not possible to re-live. I can’t get back the dances, proms, and parties I missed out on. I am trying to find a way to recreate the youth I feel I was cheated out of. Can I do this? Maybe?