Young Man From Kansas Developed Severe Keloid Scars In His Late Teens, But It Didn't Stop Him From Pursuing His Dream

Date August 29, 2018

His scars didn’t stop him from pursuing his passion

When Isaiah Griffin from Wichita, Kansas, was 17, scars started growing on his chest, shoulders, and back. He soon learned that these are keloids, and in his case, they just appeared out of nowhere.

Isaiah grew self-conscious about his appearance. The young man became depressed; there was a point when he couldn’t bear to look at himself in the mirror – so much he didn’t like what he saw.

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Isaiah said:

It hit me to a point where I kind of stopped being myself. I was really scared about what people would say and what people would think. So I would hide in like a shell.

Then, the young man found something that brought back his confidence and self-esteem. He started lifting weights.

Isaiah’s new-found confidence inspired him to start taking part in bodybuilding competitions. He won third place in his first competition and continued doing what he loves!

He said in one interview:

Bodybuilding changed my life to where I can feel good about myself, increase my confidence in myself, be proud of who I am and really start to see who I am and not what happened to me and not let that stop me.

I recently competed in 2017 for the light heavyweight category in a national event. I came in 5th place in this but I believe this was my best one, my best preparation mentally as well as physically, and I look forward to the years to come.

He also shared his inspiring motto:

There’s an old African proverb that says: “If there’s no enemy within, the enemy outside can do us no harm.”

What are keloids?

Keloid scars are raised scars that grow large and beyond the skin injury that caused them. Not all people get keloid scars, but some people’s skin is prone to them.

According to the American Academy of Dermatology, keloid scars can appear as a result of cuts, burns, and even after getting a tattoo or piercing. Scars of this type may also be caused by severe acne and chickenpox.

In some cases, keloid scars appear without any skin injuries. They are called “spontaneous keloids” – these are the ones Isaiah has.

Keloid scars don’t require treatment. Some treatments, such as surgery, can even make them worse. If you have keloid scars and they concern you, talk to a dermatologist. He or she can help you decide on the best treatment option.

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