've never had a flat stomach. Ever, at any point in my life. When I was born, I had to have 19 reconstructive surgeries on my intestines, causing major trauma to my abdominal muscles, not to mention leaving me with having to deal with extremely embarrassing and uncontrollable stomach and digestive problems. I could hide it pretty well until I was at the age when girls start to develop and wear tighter clothes, tank tops and bikinis. That's when I started to "suck it in". Now, I know lots of women do this, but not every second of the day.
My stomach was so distended from all the surgeries I had. So when I got into high school, I started doing sit ups. Lots of them. But my muscles were just non existent and nothing I did changed it. Wearing a bikini was the worst. Not only did I have to worry about sucking in, I had this giant gnarly scar across the middle of my stomach that everyone noticed. I tried to not let it bother me and be proud of my scars, but being a girl, I'm supposed to have a beautiful body. Scars were for boys.
Fast forward to being an adult. Still sucking in, unless I was pregnant, oh I thanked God that I had that time to be attractive with a big belly, it was heaven to just relax and wear whatever I wanted without worrying about that belly. Trust me, I've tried every diet and every exercise known to tone that belly, but it was just beyond destroyed. So after having my 4th baby, I finally decided to do something drastic, and in October I went to a plastic surgeon for a full TT.
I scheduled my surgery the day of my consult, Dec 5th. I FINALLY, after 33 years, feel beautiful! I may never be normal on the inside, I know I will have to struggle with issues for the rest of my life; but at least I can be normal on the outside now. And it feels amazing! I'm celebrating my 1 month post op tomorrow, I'll post pics and details of the whole ordeal later, this post is so long already. I just wanted to tell someone my story :)