I have watched my body take a huge change over the last 2 years due to my autoimmune diseases. I know my illness will continue to change my outward appearance and that has mentally taken a toll on me. 

Life for me changed drastically over the last few years. I was diagnosed with Lupus and Sjogerns in 2018. It has been an uphill battle of many back and forth hospital stays and doctors appointments that seem to never run out. I have cried many nights over this. Times when I go into a flare up that my skin on my neck and face literally peels off, or the when my stomach bloats like I am nine months pregnant due to the gastric problems. I get dark age spots on my hands and my hair has started to fall out. My eyelashes (and as much as I love the pampering of getting my eyelashes done and extensions put in my hair) all of it still takes a toll on your mental health. 

This shoot was needed to remind myself no matter what this disease takes from me I am still me! I needed to remind myself to embrace the flaws and continue to love myself thru the bad days. And, no matter the changes that are to come to love and embrace them.

Advice to future BLP Participants:

Do IT! You won’t regret it. Women need to take time away from the busy lifestyle of being a working mom or even in general just being a Bad Ass Woman. This shoot is an amazing opportunity to empower yourself, love yourself and embrace your flaws. Remind yourself you are beautiful.