I’m STILL ME
“My accident and rescue were like a miracle.
My dad is a firefighter.
Really, he’s the battalion chief.
Which means he is not required to go to the scene of accidents.
He has a desk job.
But that afternoon, he overheard a call come in and something told him to respond to the accident personally.
When he got to the scene, he saw that it was my car and it was on fire.
He jumped out of his truck and ran to my car and, finding me unconscious, he got me out of the car and into the ambulance.
Remember I was unconscious the whole time.
I finally woke up in the hospital. I really didn’t know what had happened to me, but I was burned pretty bad.
They started telling me my story.
I kept thinking, “If it weren’t for my dad…if it weren’t for my dad.”
He saved me.
He saved my life.
Just after my accident, after the hospital, before I went back to school, I worried about the normal things a 16-year-old girl worries about; “with all my scars, will I have ever have a date or a boyfriend? “
I was so self-conscious about my scars!
But, then, all that worry hit me in the opposite way.
I became proud of my scars.
Can you believe it? They made me feel special.
Because I realized I’m still me!
I’m not saying it wasn’t hard.
Many times I would slip into the bathroom at school to cry.
After a while, when they stared at me, I stopped feeling ashamed.
I kind of understood where they were coming from.
I remembered that I had done the same thing. I’d stared at people who looked different, too.
My dream is to be a nurse.
I want to treat pediatric burn survivors.
I can really understand what’s going on inside them because I’ve been there myself.
I can help them through all the stages of fear and recovery because I’ve walked the same path they have and we’re still walking together.
No matter what, I will always be a burn survivor. “
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