A lot of the tests and procedures I had done as a child were incredibly invasive and left me feeling violated. Having fingers and needles prying at you is incredibly traumatic as a child of 6 who can’t understand what’s going on. I’ve committed myself to being more open and honest about my experiences and not censoring myself. It is important for my healing journey not to mince words anymore and to depict aspects of my past that aren’t palatable to a wider audience. Continuing to stay silent on these matters will only further perpetuate the concept of shame I’ve built up around my body.