"For years starting from a young age I used to hurt myself in every way possible. From deliberate sleep deprivation to cutting myself so deep that I accidentally hit a vein.
Depression plagued my being. It started with the bullying at school and ended with self hatred, social anxiety, addiction to self harm, substance abuse and a broken heart. For so long I lived with a broken heart. Nothing would fix it. Not alcohol, drugs, boyfriends, girlfriends, razor blades, or hurting others.
And then I discovered unconditional love. Relentless, forgiving, raw love. I found my saviour. Jesus. He took my broken heart, and made it whole again. Now I am a survivor. My scars a reminder of the love that healed me from inside out. Now I choose self-love not self-harm. My addiction to self-harm ended 3 years ago, and I'll never go back. I live by grace, and forgiveness.
I have a past but now I also have a future."
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Six months ago we came up with a concept of "warriors" as a theme for a photoshoot for Sunbella because, let's be honest; you need to have courage to carry a parasol (regardless of how stylish it is) and it is essentially a shield that can prevent some skin cancer battles.