After Her Daughter Was Told To Cover Her Cancer Scars, A Mother Had The Most Beautiful Response

If there’s one thing that’s true in this world, it’s that life is not fair. Ever. But we must try our hardest to make the best of the lot we are given, even if it seems impossible. That’s the only way we will survive.

Claire Russell was only four years old when she was diagnosed with bone cancer, Ewing’s Sarcoma. This came at a time when, as her mother, Michelle Russell described on an Instagram post as well as for Love What Matters, Claire “didn’t know how to ride a bike, had never stepped into a classroom, and spent most of her days in a tutu.”

We all probably barely have any memories from that age, while Claire has some of the most difficult of her life.

 

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Russell explained how Claire’s treatment was “brutal”, and the little girl had to go through seventeen rounds of chemotherapy, multiple surgeries, which included the removal of four ribs, part of her spinal sheath, and a spinal fusion.

Other than that, she also lost a lot of friends to the same disease as her, lost her beautiful blonde hair, almost all her muscle mass, and “her childlike innocence.”

At the age of four!

 

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Thankfully, after a year of countless medical procedures and chemotherapy, Claire was declared in remission. She is now a bright nine-year-old girl.

In her mother’s words, she is “beautiful, healthy, muscular, outgoing, funny, a talented competitive dancer, and an honor roll student,” as well as “an amazing overcomer.”

 

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But to go through such an ordeal, and at such a young age at that, leaves scars which go further than skin deep. She is sometimes haunted by the fact that a lot of her friends did not make it, while she did.

But, of course, the nine-year-old fighter also has her physical battle scars to attest for her incredible amount of strength and perseverance.

 

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But not everyone will always be so understanding of this, especially not other little kids.

Michelle Russell shared a heartbreaking interaction that went on one morning between the mother-daughter duo. As she handed her daughter clothes to wear, which included a tank top, the little girl quietly asked for a different shirt. Upon her mother’s inquiries, she explained she wanted something less revealing since a little boy at her camp told her she shouldn’t display her scars because they are “scary.”

 

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Even though her initial maternal instinct was to protect her daughter, Michelle realized that the other boy didn’t know what Claire has gone through. So, she sat her daughter down and explained to her, “I think what he meant, was that, the thought of what you must have gone through, to get those scars…is scary. Your scars are beautiful.”

 

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Even though Claire wasn’t that convinced at first, what her mother said next made her let out a little smile, grab her shirt, and walk out of the room standing “a little taller.” Her mother had told her:

You have an incredible story. You should be so proud of what you overcame. I want you to think about all the little girls like you that you have met, who are fighting cancer like you did, who will have scars like you…do you want them to cover them up? Hide them? Did you know that by being proud of your scars, you’re inspiring them to be proud of theirs too?

 

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A few days later, Michelle called a friend, who is a photographer, to let her know of her idea to let “Claire, and the world, that being beautiful isn’t about hair, makeup, or clothes. Beauty isn’t perfection.” They took pictures of Claire, being happy, smiling, dancing, and living her life.

“I wish no child, or adult, would ever feel the need to cover their scars,” Michelle writes. “If they do, I hope they remember that by not covering them, they are inspiring an 8-year-old girl, to embrace her little body that beat cancer. Let’s teach our kids that imperfection, is beauty. That bravery, is beauty. That compassion, is beauty.”

And looking at those pictures of Claire, she is completely, and truly beautiful!

 

 

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