Australian model Robyn Lawley has opened up about the terrifying accident that left her with scars on her forehead, lip and chin, revealing that she had a seizure on a staircase and fell over seven foot.
The 29-year-old shared side-by-side images comparing her bloodied and scraped face from two months ago to her noticeably scarred one from this week, implying that her lupus and
antiphospholipid syndrome were to blame.
“There’s a reason I was public about my lupus and aps diagnosis from the start, a lifelong incurable (for now) condition I didn’t know what I or still am in for,” she wrote in the caption on Instagram.
“I unfortunately had a seizure on my staircase, I fell from over 7ft and landed on my face. I suppose it’s ironic that I’m a model, however I’m grateful I didn’t break my neck. I’ve managed to come full circle with that gratefulness, and luck. I could of had it holding my daughter for example, or I could be in a wheelchair, or not breathing at all.”
The mum-of-one said that with fashion week approaching, she wanted to acknowledge the “new lightning bolt scar” that people will notice.
“As the scars fade, apart of me wants nothing to do with them and a part of me wants to embrace them. They make us who we are. Plus wearing daily makeup to cover my face is something I do not do.”
She also thanked singer Selena Gomez, agent Chelsea Bonner and others around her who are brave enough to share their physical and emotional battles.
In a follow up post Robyn added that while some have labelled her scras "horrific" she preferred the term "bad ass".
"Don’t be bullied by their ideals," she wrote. "Thank you everyone for your beautiful support, it means so much to me."
Robyn was diagnosed with the autoimmune condition after the birth of her daughter Ripley in 2015.
"When it first started happening it was incredibly intimidating," she said in an interview with Sports Illustrated. "It was also harder to manage as I didn't know what was wrong with me."
“I had symptoms towards the end of the pregnancy,” Robyn told news.com.au. “It started in the muscles. I couldn’t pick up things very well and I was losing the ability to walk and to talk."
The diagnosis has lead her to say no to the prospect of more biological children.
“For me I am one and done,” she said. “I’m really happy and content, but I don’t want to go through that ever again because it was horrifyingly scary and painful. If I ever really wanted another one there is always adoption.”
Systemic lupus erythematosus, commonly referred to as lupus, is an unpredictable disease in which a person’s immune system attacks its own body's tissue, with symptoms and severity varying from patient to patient. It be a difficult condition to diagnose but around one in every 600 Australians are affected.