Sylvia Mac, child burn victim who at the age of 48 dared to bare her scars for the first timeSylvia Mac, Love Disfigure

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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!

Sylvia Mac, child burn victim who at the age of 48 dared to bare her scars for the first timeSylvia Mac, Love Disfigure
Sylvia Mac, child burn victim who at the age of 48 dared to bare her scars for the first time

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…

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11 September, 2017, 5:30 pm

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