"Before the accident, my blog had been full of pictures of me.
I liked how I looked and was happy to share those pictures.
I knew blog readers would be wondering what I looked like now.
I have come a long way since the first time I put on mascara,
but I certainly wasn't completely reconciled to how I looked.
Little by little, seeing myself had become easier,
and I felt I'd reached a turning point in my recovery.
I wasn't as beautiful as I had been,
but I was coming to accept that I was still Stephanie.
I did fear that the negative reactions of others would
destroy my hard-won progress, but the burden of
worrying about what people would think when they saw my face was
becoming too heavy to carry.
In a moment of bravery that night, I decided I would post a picture of myself.
I would prove--to myself more than anyone else--that even though this was hard,
I had the courage to confront it."
-Taken from my memoir, Heaven is Here
(PS...I miss my long hair)