A Hero

Romans 15:15

Nevertheless, brethren, I have written the more boldly unto you in some sort, as putting you in mind, because of the grace that is given to me of God,

“Gotham needs a hero without a mask.” Christian Bale as Bruce Wayne, The Dark Knight

We love our heroes. We usually admire them from afar.  Sometimes we meet one who mysteriously comes and goes.

This past week a hero was unmasked. Not Batman or The Flash.  She’s a real-life hero who, through God’s grace, came back from being within days of dying.  Through that same grace, she has become a beacon of inspiration to thousands of others who suffer the same disease she is now recovered from.

BeautyBeyondBones has been writing a blog about eating disorders for well over a year now.  Her story starts when she’s admitted to an inpatient facility to guide her recovery.  She was so severely damaged by her anorexia, she had lost all of her hair, weighed a mere 78 pounds, and learned later that the staff believed she showed up at the last possible moment to survive; she would’ve been dead in a few days.

Think Holocaust without the striped pajamas.

She’d already been writing when I found her site last January. I went back to her very first entry and followed her story.  Hers is an incredible tale of faith, setbacks, and perseverance.  It’s worth reading from the beginning.

She has just gone by her blog name this whole time. Sometimes she gave us a partial picture of her face.  Nothing more, though.  She wanted to remain anonymous to protect family and friends who would be affected, maybe embarrassed, by others knowing just what she had gone through.

This week she dropped the mask altogether and posted a video, introducing us to her; her whole face, her real name, Caralyn, and talking to us as the friend she’s already been to us.

She’s been concerned about perhaps giving us Too Much Information at times, but I think her honesty has been refreshing and very brave.

Heroes make sacrifices, like privacy, in their roles.

But heroes are also admired and loved, as her 13,000+ readers do her. Heroes go through terrible times, feeling anything but heroic.  Heroes are brave enough to put themselves out there instead of worrying about the consequences of getting involved.

Through all of those out-of-the-norm behaviours, heroes inspire others to be heroic also. They give hope to future heroes who have yet to fight off their demons and enemies.

Sometimes they work from the shadows for fear, perhaps, of their scars, their history. Perhaps heroic bravery comes in stages, not full-blown.  Sometimes, there’s a mask until that time when courage has matured enough to drop it.

This past week, that time came for BeautyBeyondBones.

https://beautybeyondbones.com/  Start from the beginning!  Don’t cheat!

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