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This Dad's Photo of His Daughter's Scar Is Going Viral for the Best Reason

Prevention logo Prevention 1/22/2019 Leah Groth

Justin Brower pleaded with the public on Twitter to encourage his daughter to flaunt her neck scar, and the response was overwhelming. © Twitter/@NaturesPoisons Justin Brower pleaded with the public on Twitter to encourage his daughter to flaunt her neck scar, and the response was overwhelming. Scars are a totally normal part of life, but many people feel too ashamed and insecure to show them off. So when one North Carolina man's young daughter refused to wear her hair up in fear of people seeing the permanent mark on her neck, he decided to prove to her that scars are totally rad and are meant to be flaunted.

In a viral tweet, Justin Brower asked the public to provide his little girl with some words of encouragement-and the response he received was overwhelming.

“My daughter (12) doesn't wear her hair up because of her scar. She thinks it's ugly and afraid of what people will think. I think it's bada*s,” he wrote. “Can you please show her that her daddy's not the only one that thinks so. Likes and comments (and RTs) super appreciated! Thanks!”

In the Twitter thread, Brower explains that his daughter’s neck scar was the result of a surgery due to repair Chiari malformation, which involved cutting her skull open to cut the vertebrae in half and add a Dura patch around the brain.

He also explained that he asked his daughter’s permission before sharing the photo. “I may be an a-hole but I'm not 100% a d**k,” he joked.

The tweet, which has been shared over 60,000 times and has received over 223,000 likes, clearly resonated with Twitter users. Many offered kind and supporting words, including CNN’s Jake Tapper who proclaimed it was “Definitely bad*ss.”

Others shared photos of their own scars, some very similar and others different. Many even offered inspiration on how to make the scars standout even more, incorporating them into their hairstyles and even decorating them with tattoos.

Someone even shared a photo of Princess Eugenie proudly showing off her own scar on her wedding day.

Brower was overwhelmed by the response. “This should go without saying, but it's her hair and body, she can do whatever she wants,” he wrote in another tweet. “I just want my girls to be confidant.[sic] Confident in their bodies. Confident in themselves. If I can help teach them that, then I've done my job as a dad.”

He also expressed his gratitude for how she got her scar in the first place. “I'm thankful and privileged that we have access to good healthcare. Not all in the U.S., or the world, do,” he added. “While her condition isn't necessarily life-threatening, more of quality of life, a scar really is a first-world problem when there are so many that can't get the surgery.”

Video: Why Princess Eugenie Showed Off Large Surgery Scar For Royal Wedding (Radio.com)

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