In today's social media era, women are sharing their personal health stories more than ever before — partly to help spread awareness and find comfort in like minded communities, but also to fight the stigma against whatever it is they're battling.
Whether it's mental illness, chronic illness or cancer, you're pretty likely to find a viral post about it somewhere on the Internet — and that's a beautiful thing. Women across the world are sharing their stories in order to help others in similar situations. Women are realizing that showcasing their "imperfections" is an important part of raising awareness.
Take Paige More, for example. In January, she underwent a preventative double mastectomy because at 21 years old, she was at high risk for both breast and ovarian cancer.
She created a "previvor" (pre-survior) Instagram account dedicated to her mastectomy scars and healing process — and to create a community for other women going through the same thing.
"The thing that has surprised me most is how sexy I feel," More said. "My decision to take action made me feel incredibly powerful and strong—and that's so sexy to me. When I look at my scars, I think they're pretty badass. I grabbed control of my life. I went from being a worrier to a warrior."
Click through to see the powerful stories behind other women's personal medical stories.