Ulladulla local Turia Pitt has revealed the steps she had to take to remove her mask two years after suffering critical facial burns in a Kimberly bushfire.
The 26 year old has now released a book documenting the story of the ultra-marathon race that led to her burns, her rescue, the resulting medical treatment and how her boyfriend and family motivated her recovery.
It's called Everything to Live For.
Turia Pitt told Tom Tilley from Triple J's Hack program she now faces surgery for the rest of her life and has recently been presented with the option of having a face transplant to improve her looks.
"It is really weird and its sort of weirds me out just thinking about it so in all likelihood I don't think that will happen," she said.
"It's just an option that my surgeons have presented to me and it's a last resort I think."
Turia Pitt says the step to remove the mask she's worn for the past two years as part of the recovery process wasn't easy, but she is pleased with the decision.
"It's so much better," she said.
"The mask was really really annoying because people can't see your facial expressions, you can't eat with it on, it's hard to breathe, so it's a million times better with it off really."
An integral party of the story is how partner Michael Hoskin has been a support every step of the way.
He says his motivation is simply his love for Turia.
"If I didn't love this girl why would I sacrifice two years of my life to help somebody out," he said.
"If you don't truly love her your heart wouldn't be in it.
"Obviously mine was and it is."