Five years after a horrific attack burned 65 per cent of her body, Dana Vulin is more confident than ever before.
The stunning Perth native has undergone more than 200 procedures and spent three years in a compression mask so that she could recognise herself in the mirror again.
‘I hoped, but never thought it would be possible to look this much like the old Dana again,’ she told New Idea.
‘I love the me I am far better than the me I once was.’
Dana, 31, has come a long way since that fateful day in February 16 2012 when Natalie Dimitrovska accused her of having an affair with her estranged husband and set her on fire.
Dimitrovska doused Dana with methylated spirits and set her alight in her own home in a horrific premeditated attack to ‘ruin her pretty face’.
Dana was left with third degree burns to two-thirds of her body, and would spend the rest of her twenties trying to recover.
She would spend a year-and-a-half in the hospital, nearly three years in a neck brace, and would have the skin on her chest completely replaced three times.
But after going through hell and back, Dana is the strongest she’s ever been.
‘I’m the same Dana I always was, but my life is 200 per cent different – and so it my outlook. I appreciate life more and don’t sweat the small stuff,’ she told the magazine.
And that includes sparing any thoughts on Dimitrovska, who was sentenced to 17 years behind bars.