Almost 16 years ago, Madeleine West was hit by a bus on Sydney’s Oxford Street.
West was thrown several feet into the air. Two sex workers came across her broken, bleeding body and cradled her while they called the emergency services.
The next day West woke up battered and bruised and barely recognisable, and now she’s written about the life-changing experience for News.com.au.
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“In that moment, I wished for sleep. More specifically, I wished for the kind of sleep one does not wake from. A swift and painless fall to the concrete several floors below. One sleeping tablet too many. One more blunt head trauma to properly finish me off,” she writes.
West explains the first time she looked in the mirror after the accident all she could think about was her career. She was worried no one would hire her looking the way she did, and that the career she had worked so damn hard for was over.
Then she had a little epiphany.
She thought about why she had become an actor in the first place and realised she was placing far too much value on her looks.
“In that moment I made a mistake. It is a common one, a mistake made by multitudes every day and one young women are sadly particularly prone to. In that moment I believed the way I looked defined who I was. I truly thought my appearance was the most important thing about me.”