I know it sounds strange, but I think the hysterectomy (more specifically not being anemic) has strengthened my nails.
I've always been frustrated with my nails, and for that matter, not terribly fond of my hands.
I have tiny fingers. My hands are normal sized, just very short, stubby fingers. Add to that, I've got rather small nails. So my hands have never been a part of my self that I found attractive.
I bit my nails.
I used to bite them quite a bit - down to the nubbins. But more recently I've tried growing them out. They were brittle, weak and flaky. I tried all those things - supplements, different applications of stuff, special diets. Nothing worked very well in those brief periods when I could manage to stop biting my nails. They just didn't grow well.
Now they're long and strong and flawless. The old ridges and cracks are gone. No sign of flaking.
It helps that I'm a calmer, more self-assured person of late. I feel at home in my body. It's not perfect, but it's where I live.
Posted by Elizabeth M. on May 11, 2006 6:50 PM