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Tonya Ingram is a poet, Cincinnati native, Bronx-bred introvert, mental health advocate, kidney transplant hopeful, Lupus legend, cat auntie, and lover of Tom Hardy and The Office. Tonya currently resides in Los Angeles, CA.

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  1. I absolutely loved this testimony. I have been through kidney disease and dialysis & totally relate. Thank you for helping me see past my scars. Very inspirational story.

  2. Beautiful story! We are all unique, never compare YOUR beauty to someone else. You cannot measure yourself with some else’s measuring stick.

  3. This is so inspiring. As women generally, we are so much into the flaws in ourselves because we know that’s what our haters see first. We want to be perfect in every way to avoid criticism, that we fail to see the beauty in our perfect imperfections- our distinctive characteristics and personalities.

    Be always proud of your flaws and scars and all, as they tell the powerful story of who you are, where you have been, the struggles you have been through and how you stand strong and solid today- being the best version of yourself yet.

    You only live once! Enjoy it with scars and all 😉

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