I have a client, woman in her early 60’s, kind, gentle, and soft spoken. She has only been in a few times. Really wants beautiful skin she says. I think she has great skin. As I am working on removing superficial skin tags and some red veins I notice small scars. Not just one. They are all over her face. I have never seen anything like it. I am working on them and ask how she got them. Her first husband beat her.
My first husband hit me, several times. Never left a mark. The abuse slowly progressed and I left him – quickly.
Some of her scars were just thin little lines, others were more aggressive and showed where stitch holes were made.
I left, she stayed.
She eventually left him and remarried a good man who loved her. He died recently.
I cannot help but think about other scars, other parts of her body, parts of her mind, why she stayed – why any of us stay.