Next month will be a year and a half since my graft surgery. It's beginning to feel like "history" now which is refreshing. Looking in the mirror is always a reminder but the healing continues. I've been touched by the comments from people who have shared similar experiences. I'm grateful to those who have shared their stories with me, along with their photos.
When I meet new people, I sense how they are looking at me; just trying to figure out what that might be on my cheek. But the stares aren't glares like they used to be--simply natural human curiosity. Most people have no idea what skin grafts look like, or why a person would have a circular scar like this. So I understand them wanting to look just a little bit longer than a person normally focuses on your face when you meet or shake hands etc. Nobody has ever actually asked me what the scar is from, but I can feel that I'm being looked at in a particular way. I have finally developed an ability to let them look...without wanting to turn away.