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Turia Pitt: Don’t call me a burns victim

The inspirational Australian mum has spoken out

Turia Pitt is many things: She is an athlete, an author, a mum and a motivational speaker.

But the one thing she doesn’t want to be called is a victim.

The marathon runner, who suffered burns to 65 per cent of her body during a horror bush fire in 2011, refuses to let her appearance define her.

Turia Pitt: Don’t call me a burns victim
Turia says she doesn’t like being called a victim (Credit: Instagram/Turia Pitt)

In her latest newsletter, Turia, 31, penned an inspiring message about how she deals with negativity.

Here’s something you need to know about me: I’m “different”, not “disfigured,” she wrote.

‘I’m a “burns survivor”, not a “burns victim”. I’m “strong-minded”, not “pushy”.’

Turia Pitt: Don’t call me a burns victim
Turia is now mum to baby Hakavai (Credit: Instagram/Turia Pitt)

Turia, who gave birth to her son Hakavai last year, reminded her fans to change the words they use to describe themselves.

‘Early on in my recovery, I decided that the words I used to describe myself would not be negative. Not then, not ever,’ she added. 

Turia Pitt: Don’t call me a burns victim
Turia says the word ‘disfigured’ makes her feel ‘limited’ (Credit: Instagram/Turia Pitt)

‘The word “disfigured” makes me feel limited, so I never use it.

‘And if other people use that word, I gently remind them that no, I’m not disfigured, I just look a bit different.’

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This story originally appeared on that’s life!

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