The Beauty of Scars

Friday, April 13, 2012
I'm speaking tonight at the Intermountain Donor Services Recognition Ceremony in Salt Lake. (6:30 at the West Valley Cultural Center). I'll be speaking about the beauty of scars--a topic inspired by my recent reading of the book, Little Bee.

Yes, you should read it too.

"I ask you right here to please agree with me that a scar is never ugly. That is what the scar makers want us to think. But you and I, we must make an agreement to defy them. We must see all scars as beauty. Okay? This will be our secret." --Little Bee

Are you registered to be an organ donor? Have you thought about what you would do if you were in a position to decide about giving your child or your spouses organs to save the life of another?

I hope my words tonight will inspire and bear the fruit of hope in the lives of those listening.


  1. If anyone's story or voice can inspire, yours will be the one!
    Thanks for sharing this quote.

  2. Honestly, I just didn't think much about organ donation before, but after reading Lucy's story, I feel passionately about it, and so does my husband. More proof of how Lucy has changed lives.

    Knock some socks off tonight; I know you will.

  3. I loved that book! Good luck!

  4. yes and yes.

    happy weekend to ya

  5. It was actually *your* blog and Lucy's story that made me think through organ donation, back when Lucy first died and she donated her organs to save lives. It had been one of those things that had been too scary to think about to me before, but now I am an organ donor and I would definitely do it if, God forbid, my husband or one of my children died. I am sure you have reached many, many more people and will reach even more tonight.

  6. Molly Jackson you are a treasure. Your beautiful Lucy is so proud of her mama. The way you have challenged yourself to live, to grow,to inspire others despite the desire to curl up in a ball and give up is precious to me!

    As a pediatric oncology nurse (25 years) I have seen too much tragedy. Some people grieve well. Some do not. This is not a judgement. My family lost my brother to childhood leukemia so I understand the anguish of the death of a child. But grief is ugly,loud and mostly awful, unrelenting work. What you have done Molly is to create a road map if you will so that people see. Grieving, hurting, human beings see, that you can grieve in a loud and ugly way and still survive and even thrive. In fact, that is the only way. A good grief indeed!

    You are a treasure Molly and I for one am grateful our paths have crossed. You do honor to your Lucy. I remember her through your words and I can conjure up an image of her, vibrant and dancing, golden curls bouncing in the sunshine and eyes that sparkle blue like the sea. You have done well Molly and she is so proud!

  7. Molly, you did an amazing job! You were so real and honest and validating while also providing hope. I loved the way you talked about scars. Beautiful. It was really good to see you guys too.

  8. When I saw the title of this, my first thought was back to 9 years ago when I was preparing to have my second child. I had an episiotomy from hell with my first and was determined to not have to go thru that again. My new doctor said to me "I don't give episiotomies unless the child or mother's life is in danger. A natural tear will heal and scar way cleaner than one that is cut on purpose"

    Why am I saying that? I don't know. I just felt strongly like I should but have no clue why or how to piece it together, just that I should say it so I will.


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