‘Scarvivors’ tell their stories

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Nikoy de Guzman, double mastectomy patient

Nikoy de Guzman, double mastectomy patient

Scars may be a reminder of pain and personal tragedy. However, scars are also a sign of healing wounds. They are a testament to an individual’s courage and resilience. Scars mean closure on whatever pain and tragedy has happened, and it is something that can be visually improved as part of the healing process.

An ongoing advocacy of scar management brand Contractubex dubbed “Scar-vivor” provided The Manila Times to sit with double mastectomy patient and burn victim who have kept their stories but let go of their of marks of tragedy.

“There were issues with those big scars, particularly after my first modified radical mastectomy when I was just 28. Then, I realized it’s about getting well. What you went through. And getting over that,” said Nikoy de Guzman, who had both breasts removed after being diagnosed with cancer.

Sherilyn Bruan, a survivor of the Ozone Disco fire

Sherilyn Bruan, a survivor of the Ozone Disco fire

“Hindi ka lang scarred physically. Pati yung self-esteem mo natamaan. Nung time na yun, I didn’t want people looking at my scars. Ngayon, I know there’s     more about me than my scars,” related Sherilyn Bruan, a survivor of the Ozone Disco fire.


De Guzman and Bruan were among a brave group of individuals who gave testimonials on how they have moved on from physically and emotionally damaging experiences in their lives in the hopes of inspiring others like them to move on. The Scarvivors advocacy launch also featured features talks from Dr. Jose Joven Cruz, president of the Philippine Association of Plastic Reconstructive & Aesthetic Surgeons, and Dr. Dorothy Dy Ching Bing, Burn Rehabilitation Consultant on burn centers in the Philippines, both from partner organizations of Scarvivors.

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