After suffering severe third and fourth degree burns to her back and other parts of her body at the age of three, Sylvia, 49, had spent her life covering up her scars and thinking up ways to avoid situations. Her confidence destroyed by years of hurtful comments and thinly disguised stares, at her lowest she had considered ending her own life. The accident that left her scarred happened during a childhood game of hide and seek with her sister. But, disobeying, Sylvia hid in the room and, when her sister pushed open the door, Sylvia fell backwards into the recently boiled water. It would take years of surgery, skin grafts and hospital visits before she could go back to school, for year six. She and her mother left for the beach, but she was struck by the effect the encounter had on her mother.
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Living with disfigurement: ‘I’m proud of my scars’
My mother cracked two ribs on the steering wheel, and I bounced off the windshield. A plastic surgeon was summoned to the emergency room, but the glass had made a deep gash in my chin, and the medical arsenal was more primitive then. After months of healing, I was left with a noticeable scar. For a long time, the scar was the first thing I saw in the mirror every morning and the last thing I saw every night.
Some scars are visible, formed because of an unplanned encounter with the pavement. Some are invisible, originating after enduring a painful breakup. Everyone has them, whether or not they admit to possessing them, whether or not they choose to see them.