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Do I Freak You Out? Living With Physical Scars

"Do I freak you out?" It's a question that haunts writer Mary Elizabeth Williams and others who she describes as "physically different, in ways both small and large."

Williams' surgery to remove cancer more than a year ago left a five-centimeter bald spot on the back of her head. In a piece for, "Look at my Scars," she writes that "the things that make us stand out .... can remind us of the most dramatic, heroic moments of our lives, and of every small indignity and cruelty that has happened since."

Williams joins NPR's Jennifer Ludden to talk about how we consider people with scars, deformities and other obvious physical differences.

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