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The pain was often too much to bear.

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That’s why Gemma began cutting her arms, a practice that has it’s own terrifying set of risks.

Eventually, though, she was able to begin recovering.

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And this young woman knows she has her parents to thank.

Now, at age 22, she is running a successful business.

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She’s also dedicated her life to being an inspiration on social media and the internet for other girls just like her.

Eventually, her scars healed.

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Physically and emotionally, Gemma was able to figure out how to heal and move forward.

Seeing these images together is pretty shocking.

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But her progress and strength throughout is apparent.