There’s a new breed of “hero” in the country.
I’m pretty sure you’ve seen a few but you didn’t know what you were looking for.
I’m getting ahead of myself.
First, I want to talk about the heroes that have flown in and out of your life.
Think back to Superman, or George Lucas, astronauts or police officers?
How ’bout our World Champion USA soccer team?
So who and what is this new breed of heroes I’m talking about?
These heroes are “Pediatric Burn Survivors”!
They survived the fire that was consuming them and they are surviving the emotional handicap of growing up scared.
But how are these ‘child burn survivors’ heroes?
For one thing, most face multiple surgeries, over multiple years since every growth spurt requires “skin-release’ surgery so they can keep growing.
Next, they take their scars to school with them and are then ridiculed.
Many are bullied or laughed at.
One child I know was tagged with a new name–“Freddy Kruger.”
I want you to take that in and feel the shame that lingers. (And we thought the sky was falling when we had a ‘zit’ on our forehead.)
These young burn survivors are heroes because daily they walk into school never knowing who would hurt them with words or everything going on behind their back.
Think about the everyday insecurities of ‘growing up’, especially in puberty.
Then, on top of their fears, add physical deformities.
Be mindful that most of their peers will never understand. Not even me–an adult burn survivor–even I don’t understand.
It’s all so unfair.
These kids are the new breed of “heroes.”
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