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FIGURE OF LOVE

HOW DOES LIVING WITH A DISFIGUREMENT IMPACT YOUR LIFE? TWO WOMEN SHARE THEIR STORIES

Sylvia Mac was four years old when she fell backwards into a bowl of boiling water during a game of hide-and-seek with her sisters, resulting in third- and fourth-degree burns across her back and other parts of her body. Her injuries were so severe, Sylvia was put into a medically induced coma, and doctors told her parents she wouldn’t make it through the night. A priest was called, and she was given her last rites.

Thankfully, Sylvia did make it through the night, but that was only the start of a painful road to recovery. She endured countless surgeries and procedures, and had skin grafts taken from just about every part of her body. She spent many months in a mixed hospital ward, confronted with “sights no child should endure”. Years of nightmares followed.

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We’re thrilled to have the star of everyone’s favourite prison dramedy on the cover of this month’s DIVA. In a brilliant interview written by editor Carrie Lyell, Taylor Schilling opens up about sexuality, sisterhood and why Orange Is The New Black still has audiences hooked five seasons in. Also in this issue… - Mae Martin goes on a long overdue Tinder date with deputy ed Roxy Bourdillon - Ani DiFranco on why patriarchy is the elephant in the room - Zoe Lyons: “I met my wife on Lesvos” - Jane Hill shares her love letter to Canada - Queer travel bloggers tell us their top tips for a great gaycation - Long distance relationships: the good, the bad and the Megabus - Why we fight: How boxing is changing women’s lives Plus eco-friendly travel, female craft brewsters and more!
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