To know that the trauma caused by scarring, and the pain I felt from having to wear my journey on my face, could all be irradiated in the future is amazing. This will be life changing for so many people.
Lois Collier was attacked in November 2017, sustaining scarring to her face and hands.
Before the attack, the issues associated with scarring hadn’t necessarily occurred to me – I wasn’t aware of both the physical and the psychological impact it can have on people….not until it happened to me. Now I can talk about it and be proud of who I am and the scars I bare. But there were times that I was too scared to leave the house,wanting to hide my face from the rest of the world, shutting out my friends and family.
On 24 November 2017 I was attacked. I don’t want to go into detail about that night as it was so traumatic. To be honest I don’t want to visit the pain and emotions I felt because it has taken all my strength to get to where I am today. I’m scarred physically (face and hands) and mentally. However,I have finally accepted that maybe, just maybe, I was supposed to be on this journey all along?
After the attack I suffered with PTSD - having vivid flashbacks of the assault and felt fearful when going out that it would happen again. My confidence and self-esteem also took a blow when people stared at my scars.
I have had a lot of surgery to reduce my scar and feel much more confident. Before the attack, the issues associated with scarring hadn’t necessarily occurred to me – I wasn’t aware of both the physical and the psychological impact that it can have on people.
I have my good days when I want to leave my house without any makeup and that’s completely fine, but there are other days when I do want to cover up with camouflage, and that’s also fine. But generally, I’ve accepted my scars and now I embrace them – it’s a new me really, a new look. I now have a beautiful little girl and couldn't be happier.
I feel that a lot of people don’t talk about scarring because they feel uncomfortable, which breeds negative thoughts and comments. The work that The Scar Free Foundation is doing – not only to shine light on the problem of scarring – but to also show how a scar free world is possible within a generation, is incredible.