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A Woman Who Survived A Flesh-Eating Bacteria Is Showing Off Her Beach Body For The Best Reason

"We are ALL made with imperfections and there is so much beauty in our flaws."

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A woman who miraculously survived a flesh-eating bacteria four years ago has posted an inspiring message about loving her beach body.

The then-24-year-old was out enjoying nature with friends when they spotted a homemade zip-line. Copeland was playing on the zip-line when it snapped, gashing her leg, her father wrote at the time.

She was treated for the wound and sent home. However, just a few days later, her friend noticed Copeland was "pale and weak."

She was rushed to the hospital, where she was diagnosed with the disease.


She wrote:

It has taken me a long time to become comfortable with and accept my new body. We are ALL made with imperfections and there is so much beauty in our flaws. The scars and skin grafting build character! It's not about what you have -- what you do with what you have is what really counts.

In a new interview with People, Copeland said she has worked hard to "fight for her life" and accept herself.

"I've let go of the girl I was before," she said. "I've completely embraced who I am."

Stephanie McNeal is a social news editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.

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