Bully burn

Story By: Libby Libby

As a baby, they suffered third-degree burns to their body, and were bullied because of it. Find out why they no longer let it bother them.

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It's only a scar, it's on the outside. What really matters, and what's more important is what's on the inside. It's who you are, not what you look like.

When I was 17 months old (I'm now 21), I suffered from severe 3rd degree (full thickness) burns to my neck and chest from a baby bottle full of boiling hot water. As a result of this, I had to have skin taken from my thighs and grafted onto my neck and chest as well as a blood transfusion. I spent one month in The Children's Hospital in Sydney.

I have been constantly bullied and harassed about my burn all the way through primary school as well as high school. During primary school - I would do absolutely anything to get out of doing swimming classes - because I was self concious about my scar. Because of that, I can hardly swim now. One day, when I was in about Year 1, my mum sat me down and gave me the greatest words of wisdom I have ever heard. She said to me, 'It's only a scar, it's on the outside. What really matters, and what's more important is what's on the inside. It's who you are, not what you look like'.

Ever since then, I have gradually learnt not to worry about my scar. I learned to ignore people. I realised that people bullied and teased me because they thought it was cool to do that. In all honesty I wouldn't be who I am today if it wasn't for those bullies and for what my mum said to me. Today, I love my life. I try to live life to the absolute fullest. I love helping people. I regularly donate blood - because someone donated the blood that I received when I was child. I'm confident and I don't care anymore. I don't care if people don't like the way I look - that's there problem, not mine.

So, from experience, I can truly say that yes it is what's on the inside that counts.

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Last reviewed: 01 July, 2015
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