Dana Vulin, 28, of Perth, Australia had her entire life change completely when she suffered horrific third-degree burns over more than half of her body — the result of an attack from another woman.
But Dana is one of those incredible people who did not let depression and fear set in. She continued on with her head held high…and now hopes by sharing her story that others will gain a new respect for themselves on the inside, and look beyond physical appearances.
Here is Dana’s story:
At a New Year’s Eve party several years ago, Dana was talking to another man that happened to be the estranged husband of a very jealous woman named Natalie Dimitrovska. She had become extremely agitated when she learned that the two had spoken, and immediately began to formulate a revenge plot.
The harassment towards Dana started with threatening phone calls, but quickly escalated to something much more severe that changed her life forever.
Natalie broke into Dana’s apartment late one evening while under the influence of drugs. She soaked Dana in methylated spirits and set her on fire. Dana claimed that she could hear Natalie laughing as she ran out screaming for help.
The fire was eventually put out, but not before third-degree burns covered 64% of Dana’s body. Even her mother said she was left completely unrecognizable.
Dana admitted that, prior to the attacks, her life revolved around her looks. It was her source of pride. And for the next 30 months, she would be forced to wear a mask. In her own words, “it [made] me feel like a faceless nothing. That’s the best way to describe it.”
And as if the battle to recover from this attack wasn’t painful enough, more bad news was in Dana’s future. She would now be facing a different, but equally challenging battle…as a doctor informed her that she had cervical cancer.
Of course, she refused to give up. She underwent a surgery that removed the cancerous cells and she soon became cancer free. But the mask still haunted her.
Finally, after working every day to heal, Dana agreed to appear on a television news program to take off her mask and appear in a fashion catwalk.
She says, “It would’ve been easier to die, but I’ve never taken the easy road to anything. If someone were to ask me how I feel about my body — I am damn proud of it.”
Knowing that her story could inspire others to find positivity and hope in the face of adversity, Dana prepared to reveal her new look.
She says, “I hope they’ll see strength, power, confidence, self-respect, courage, and determination. I am a strong person, and more than anything that I’ve learned in my burn is that I will never change. I know the person I am and I’m confident in the woman that I am.”
Dana is proof that to heal the outside, you must also heal the inside. Now she can begin to embrace the rest of her life. And fortunately, Dana’s attacker Natalie Dimitrovska was sentenced to 17 years in jail.
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