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Scars and school? - August 4th 2013, 04:44 AM

So I have been trying to recover from self harm. "Trying" mean hiding it. My arm is full of old scars. I think they have faded a bit but I still get the ridiculous stares and such.

My family know about and have seen the scars. I am supposed to play soccer for the school, so it's not like they would stay hidden from them. Since I go to a small school, word would spread around quickly. I'm planning to talk to the coaches to find out their recommendation.

But do you hide all of your scars at school? I'm afraid of wearing short sleeves, but if I have to for soccer anyway... Plus I get heat exhaustion *very* quickly and it get's severe very badly, so long-sleeves isn't always good unless I want to be throwing up in the bathroom.

Suggestions please? Also is talking to my coaches before going to any practises a good idea?

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Re: Scars and school? - August 4th 2013, 04:50 AM

I'm homeschooled now, but when I went to public school I generally hid my scars. After I attempted suicide, my teachers were notified though. Most of them were on places that were easily hidden. But you know what? I think if you can get to that point where you're okay with showing your scars, then that's a really good thing! You could use a sweatband for some of them, and they do make long sleeved shirts that are really light in fabric. I think talking to your coach is a good idea. You should be able to play soccer without your scars limiting you, you know? I think coaches see a lot of self harm and eating disorder related things, so I think you should go for it - talking to your coach.

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Re: Scars and school? - August 5th 2013, 01:40 AM

Hey there,

I wear arm warmers to hide my scars but I agree with the poster above me; if you can get to a place where you feel comfortable not hiding your scars then you should do it. I know that can be really hard to do but you shouldn't feel as though you have to hide your scars. Your scars do not define who you are they are just a part of your story and they just show how you have been trying to cope with all these struggles. Some people might not understand your self harm but there will be other people who won't judge you in the least.

I think that talking to your coaches could be a good idea because you will be making them aware of what is going on so they won't be taken aback when you come to the field in short sleeves. It might also help in gaining their support if you have to go to practices with short sleeves.

I really hope this helped and I am wishing you the best of luck.

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