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This week, we’d like to help change the life of a 25 year old woman called Hayley, who has become withdrawn and ashamed because of scars she has on her face and arms.
Since she was 14, Hayley has struggled with a number of mental health issues…it began as an eating disorder, anorexia, with associated mood disorders, causing episodes of severe depression which led to serious self harm and eventually a serious suicide attempt. She was admitted to a psychiatric ward for several months which, in itself, was a very traumatic time for her. She has also had care in her own home thanks to the crisis management team who wanted to lessen the trauma she felt when she was admitted to hospital. Hayley is still fighting to overcome the anorexia, and has now been diagnosed as having Bipolar affective disorder and is getting the right treatment. An unfortunate side effect of one of the treatments was acne, so as well as having the scars on her arms she also has acne scaring on her face.
Hayley is doing so much better now, but her mum said the scars of her past are literally holding her back. She covers up, even in extreme heat, and is becoming more and more withdrawn. She feels ashamed of her scars and doesn’t like leaving the house
Her mum said: “Her scars are stopping her from living a life that she so desperately deserves - she has suffered enough. As a mother listening to your daughter tell you that she cannot live with her arms, I just want her to have a chance to get back on her feet and to be able to work and live without the feeling of guilt and shame about what she has done to herself in her darkest hours.”
With your help, we want to pay for Hayley to have scar removal treatment. We’d also like to do some other kind things for Hayley to let her know there are so many people out there who care for her.