Rising from the ashes
“My name is Lisa Beckwith. I was burned On November 9, 2017.
It was a beautiful fall evening and my family and I were outside enjoying a nice fire in our fire pit.
After a while, my husband and teenage daughter and son went in for the night.
I loved the quiet privacy.
When I decided to turn-in for the night, I stood up out of my chair and stepped on the left corner of my robe and fell into the fire pit.
My chin hit the steel ring and my hands broke my fall in the hot coals.
With unexpected strength, I pushed myself out of the pit.
I ran to the bathroom, splashed cold water over my face and grabbed a towel.
I honestly didn’t think that I had been badly burned. When I looked in the mirror, I was horrified.
My son and daughter heard the commotion and ran into the bathroom to see what was going on.
They were horrified, too, seeing skin hanging from my face and hands.
They called my husband, who was already asleep.
He came running and, in minutes, had me bandaged and on our way to the hospital.
Upon arriving, the hospital determined I needed to be at a facility that was highly skilled at treating burn victims.
So I was admitted to Vanderbilt University Medical Center and into the Burn Center.
I was burned badly on the right side of my face and both hands.
A good amount of hair was burned as well.
Ironically, the robe I was wearing that night ended-up saving the rest of my body.
They skin-grafted both hands.
Then, in a few months, I had a second graft surgery on my left hand.
I have some limitations to what I can do with my hands.
I always will, but I am grateful the limitations are minimal.
My scars are deep, but wearing compression gloves helps me do everyday tasks.
Overall, my healing was miraculous.
What I didn’t expect was the strength it takes to heal emotionally.
But I have a strong faith and that’s the main reason why I’m making such progress in my healing process.
I certainly have my share of bad days.
I allow myself to have them, but I refuse to focus on them.
I encourage people to find the good that is in everything.
And, trust me, I mean EVERYTHING.”