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 adds.
“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 path.”
Molly used to wear long-sleeve tops to cover her arms but now struts her stuff for a swimwear company, Metro News reports.
“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 Thread reports.
“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 I felt.
“Become your own best friend. You’re stuck with you forever, so start to love yourself.”