A young woman whose right hand was amputated at birth and
who has a severely damaged left hand has revealed how embracing her disability
has helped her deal with suicidal thoughts.
Molly Higgins, from Los Angeles, now helps other women
embrace their perceived flaws by documenting her journey towards a positive body
image on Instagram.
According to the Daily
Mail, the 23-year-old often struggled with what people thought of her and how
they’d stare at her, but her newfound
confidence has helped her get over her insecurities.
“As I get older I’m really trying to understand and feel and
do what’s best for me,” Molly writes in her post.
“I want to trust myself and my instinct more. I want to say
yes to more, but also know when to pull back and do what’s best for me,” she
“I want to be kinder to myself and to others. I want to
become more in tune with myself and my body.
“At the end of it all, no one knows you like you know you.
So start to try become best friends with yourself. Trust yourself and your
Molly used to wear long-sleeve tops to cover her arms but
now struts her stuff for a swimwear company, Metro
“Sometimes you have to fake it until you make it and
showcasing myself and my struggles is an important part of getting closer to
the confidence I wish I had,” she says.
“It got to a point where I was just so tired of other
people’s perceptions of me weighing me down constantly. There wasn’t a single
moment of any day where I wasn’t totally aware of my difference.
“Thoughts of others’ judgments
held me in a grip of fear and shame that I couldn’t get away from.
“I just wanted to hide constantly, and more than anything I
wanted to be anyone else but me.”
Confidence hasn’t always come easy for the Californian and
she still has her doubts and insecurities, but says sharing her daily struggles
with her more than 6 000 followers has helped
her grow as a person, Viral
“I resolved that it was my life and I only have one, so why
didn't I let go and ease up on myself a bit,” she says.
“That's what motivated me to start being more open about my
own struggles and journey. I felt so
alone for so long and didn't want others to feel the hopelessness and isolation
“Become your own best friend. You’re stuck with you forever,
so start to love yourself.”