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My Body

Photo taken by contributor Kendra Kantor, a woman in her twenties from Chicago, Illinois. Kendra is a mother, writer and photographer who has suffered from mental health issues for most of her life. When she was 13, she started to recognize depression in herself and reached out for support. She started therapy and medication, and was eventually diagnosed with Panic Disorder and Major Depressive Disorder. She loved photography as a young teen and after a break, which included dropping out of art school and becoming a mother, she is learning to love the camera again and use it as a wellness tool. Kendra has become a Wellness Mentor and Guide for creative women looking to embrace their self discovery and improve their mental health.

About this photo: 

“When I look at my body, at first all I see are flaws.
Lumps and curves,
scars and marks.
The deeper I look,
I see the reminders of
pregnancy and childbirth,
of growth and change.
Of sickness and healing.
I see the harshness of the world
and the love of a mother.
I pause,
I breathe,
I accept.”  

Find more from Kendra at her website.

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6 comments on “My Body

  1. madridsailedbysilhouettes
    October 21, 2015

    Beautiful.

    Like

  2. Pooja Mehta
    October 21, 2015

    Mother’s love
    So true mom never ever care for her but always for us.

    Like

  3. Jamerly
    October 22, 2015

    I have never been so at peace with a piece of work before. I related so much to these feelings. Acceptance and understanding is extremely important for self-love, but it is also the hardest to accomplish.

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  4. Paula Jennings
    October 22, 2015

    That is so wonderful that you have reached this point of self-acceptance with your body at such an early age,. I too have suffered with depression and anxiety since about 13. I am now 56. I finally accepted my body when I was 49. I have BDD (Body Dysmorphic Disorder) and it took years to understand that the image I saw in the mirror after eating was not truly what was there. I was also bulimic and had kept my scale in my kitchen and didn’t think anything was odd about that as I would get right on it after everything I ate. I am truly blessed to have been delivered from those issues now for many years. God is so good.

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  5. valentina smoothie
    October 22, 2015

    I’m currently expecting twins and feeling worst “physically” and overwhelmed “mentally” but somehow every time I look at my belly I can’t wait to see my children regardless of all the physical and mental stress i’m currently experiencing. Great Post!

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  6. Cla-c
    March 30, 2016

    beautiful ,,wow ,I LOVE it xx

    Like

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