The actress shares candid details about a horrific time in her life.
Madeleine West has shared an intimate experience with fans on social media.
The Australian actress is household name around the country, best known for her time on popular TV shows like Neighbours, Playing For Keeps and The Wrong Girl.
And now, she's revealed that despite playing roles where she is often described as an attractive woman, the actress and mum-of-five has revealed a battle she faced 18 years ago, after being hit by a bus.
Taking to Instagram, Madeleine penned a detailed letter, describing just how important looks are - but also how she channeled her energy into greater things than her appearance.
"Today I’m celebrating 18 years since being hit by a bus in the head...always wanted to be the kind of girl who stopped traffic. Just preferably not with my face," she began.
"This pic was snapped on the road to healing, but doesn’t reveal the three skull fractures leaking brain fluid, the cerebral hemorrhage and hematoma, the busted teeth, broken capillaries, the wounds that wouldn’t knit, the endless nights of excruciating pain, the months of therapy to regain gross motor skills, but it demonstrates what I thought was the greatest tragedy: the effect it had on my #appearance."
She went on to admit, that she has since found a silver lining despite experiencing such intense injuries.
"However: that would be the greatest #gift. You see, The way we look, as definitive as we think it is, actually makes up the tiniest portion of who we are. Yet if we take all we are, all we have to offer, our gifts, our personality, our ambitions, our #dreams, and try to cram it into that tiny percentage, then how much will we miss out on? How much will the world miss out on? And what kind of world do we live in if everyone slices and dices the essence of who they to allow their most definitive character trait to be their appearance?"
"I learned that no-one should ever be forced to give up their dreams. No matter who we are, where we come from or how we look, our dreams are what sustain us. Our ambitions get us out of bed in the morning, and if you have the #courage, the #determination, the drive, and the willingness to work hard to transform the dream into reality, then nothing can stop you … not even a #bus."
She then concluded the letter with some advice to people of a younegr generation.
"To all the girls and boys out there, desperately primping, pimping and punishing themselves, labouring to make themselves Insta-ready, editing those selfies, all for a world that tells them their nose doesn’t seem to fit their face, that their butt is too big, those boobs are too small, where is your waist? Your perfect hair? Your perfect teeth? Your perfect mani-pedi?
"I call BS, and encourage you to as well. The glass ceiling is yours for the breaking, and at the end of the day, the most attractive quality you can possess is belief in yourself."