Katie Piper bravely shares image from shortly after acid attack in heartbreaking post

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Katie Piper has bravely shared an image of herself following the acid attack that left her face severely burned in March 2008.

The 35 year old has now taken to Instagram to share the photo of her face shortly after the attack, showcasing the extent of her injuries.

Presenter and philanthropist Katie posted the image to mark World Mental Health Day, heartbreakingly reflecting on the time that she was "scared of the world."

She wrote to her 896,000 followers alongside the image: "I remember when I didn’t want to look at anyone. I remember when I didn’t want anyone to look at me.

"I remember when I was scared of people, scared of men. I remember when I was scared of the world.

"I remember when opening up to people and talking about my trauma and psychological damage just wasn’t possibly.

"Today on Mental Health Day my first meeting of the day is with my therapist. I still go, it still helps and I’m able to talk."

She ended her touching post with: "Hold On Pain Ends," alongside hashtags to promote World Mental Health Day.

Katie was flooded with messages of support over her upload, with many saying her brave post had left them in tears.

One fan wrote: "You are inspirational. I’ve watched you from the very beginning with that first documentary and just love how far you’ve come you are just amazing."

A second wrote: "You are so inspiring and such an amazing incredible human being, don’t ever stop doing what your doing!!"

While a third added: "You are incredible, a survivor, and yes we see you smiling and looking so well, but I imagine you can still go to some dark places after suffering such trauma….. thank you for your honestly …… you are a shining light for women everywhere [sic]".

A fourth fan chimed: "Inspirational you’ve come so far you should be so proud of yourself. The pain you must have endured is beyond me."

Another said: "I remember watching a programme years ago which followed your recovery.

"You were too nervous to walk the dog to the end of the street. Your parents were so lovely in the film I always remember that, you honestly should be so proud of your achievements."

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A sixth offered an alternative ending to Katie's post, writing: "And she overcame and her light did shine so others would know her pain and feel they to could survive."

Another of her adoring followers wrote: "You are an incredible person !! This picture touched my heart just shows you can achieve anything in life if you want to [sic]"

A final fan commented: "You’re an absolute inspiration hun and bloody beautiful inside and out!"

Her celebrity friends were also on hand to offer her support with The Only Way Is Essex's Debbie Bright writing: "And then you grew into a sunflower."

Jessica Wright branded the presenter an "inspiration" as Lisa Snowdown left a red love heart emoji beneath the inspiring post.

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