I have decided to tell you my story in the video above, I wanted to tell you my journey in my own words with my own video.
A scar is something that happened in the past, yet you still have to take it with you forever. It’s a constant reminder of something you don’t want to be reminded of. I don’t think it needs to be. If a scar could be something in the past, and nothing else, that would make a huge difference. If there’s anything I can do to help someone who’s going through what I went through, I’ll do it. But more than that, I like the idea that someone else might not have to go through it at all. I think that’s an amazing ambition.
I was left with 40% burns to my body after my dress caught fire when I was just three years old, leaving me with scars to my thighs, stomach, arms, neck and face. I spent months in hospital after the accident and had to endure numerous operations since because, as what a lot of people don’t realise, as I grow, my damaged skin tissue doesn’t grow with me.
I support the Scar Free Foundation as I believe that the incredible research will help people not have to deal with the psychological and physical effects of scarring. Research like this is important because I think scars make a huge impact on people's lives. It isn't just physical but it disrupts schooling and work and there's a huge emotional impact as well.
I am always going to have to get past the barrier that people only see my scars. You have to prove you're like anybody else. It makes things a little bit harder when you're meeting new people.
However, I am now studying law at Bristol University and want those that do have scarring like me to know that we can make our dreams come true.
Scar Free healing is something I would really love to see. The idea that no one will have to deal with this kind of thing again really is amazing.