Something that has come to my attention recently is the whole body image concerns for young people on social media. When I think back to my teenage days in Secondary school, I could only think that I was UGLY!
When I was at school I remember worrying about what I would do if a boy spoke to me. I was extremely shy mainly because I tried to avoid situations where people would find out about my burns. I did eventually meet a boyfriend and had an encounter with him where he put his hands on my back and I ran away. I could only think he would ask me what was under my clothing and I would burst into tears.
Whilst in school during physical education lessons I would have to wear some very short shorts. Due to my burn down my leg, I would use my arm to cover it. This wasn’t very helpful when it came to rounders and cricket where I had to catch a ball. I would try and use the toilets during lessons so I wasn’t caught looking at myself in the mirror otherwise all the girls would laugh at me…well that’s what I thought. In class I would sit at the back because I was scared to be seen putting my arm up or answering questions. Why would someone like me answer questions? I seem to always have the answer correct but felt that everyone would laugh at me if I got it wrong. It was better for me to not be seen in class and just hide at the back. I was unable to concentrate in class because I was worried someone would brush by me and I manoeuvred around everyone so they didn’t find out about me and my burns. Cont…Read full original article…
Source: Love Disfigure
11 September, 2017, 5:30 pm