Congratulations on overcoming that! It's very difficult to do.
Most of the time people won't notice or pay that much attention. We are all so focused on ourselves that we don't always register what we see in others (except of course for their curls!)
Anyway, I see nothing wrong with a white lie if someone asks and if you prefer not to discuss it. Where are your scars located? For example, if it's near your throat you could say its from thryoid surgery.
I hope your life continues to be easier for you so that you don't fall back on that pattern. The very best of luck and may your new hairstyle be gorgeous.
2/c and some 3A. Modified CG.
Highly porous. Color over grey.
Best 1st day method: Super Soaker
Conditioners: Curl Junkie Beauticurls Strengthening Conditioner,
Deep condish: Curl Junkie Curl Rehab
Stylers: Experimenting with cones & sulfates while the dews are high. Sometimes try roller sets - classic glamor but I prefer my curls.
Every day is a gift