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In the ash wednesday bushfires of 1983, Ann Fogarty was so badly burned doctors feared she would die. After many operations and with hardly an inch of her body unscarred, she left hospital and slowly put her life back together. But on a baking-hot day two years ago, Fogarty, who lives in rural Victoria, smelled smoke on the wind — and started falling apart. "It just awakened all my memories," she says. "It was almost like reliving the fire all the time." Telling herself that after so many years "I ought to be over this," she struggled to cope...

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