Tragedies usually come abruptly. A young girl survived in a house fire. Having lost her beauty she does not make up to hide her body scars.
Tragedies in our life usually come unexpectedly. We live our usual life and do not even predict that one day it is possible, for example, to survive a house on fire.
June 5, 1997, in Eden, North California a trouble came abruptly.
Two little girls were staying at home while both parents were outside. An older sister, Michelle, who was returning home from school, saw smoke coming out of our house. The wires in the laundry room had caught fire next to the bedroom. The second daughter was sleeping in her bed.
As soon as parents arrived a father had to kick down the back door to get to a little child from the house. Once outside, a girl's mother gave her CPR until the paramedics arrived. The third child that moment was excellent, but as for the second daughter, the problem was significant. About 80 percent of her body was severely burned. Doctors gave a conclusion which was unhappy to hear - only a 2 percent chance of survival.
Survived and alive
The girl stayed in the hospital for three months, hooked up to a ventilator, and underwent the first of at least 20 surgeries. After some time she was released and went to stay at home. All her family took care of her and made her feel normal.
Then a girl started school. Almost immediately she got picked on for the scars. She looked poorly. Everyone looked at her injuries, but she didn’t hide her body scars. She did not want to hide her body scars. Her sisters and best friend always stood up for her. It was in the eighth grade when her friends started to date. Boys didn’t seem interested in her. The young lady became aware of their looks of confusion and disgust. In high school, classmates would whisper behind her back as she walked by, and they’d post cruel things, calling her Freddy Krueger or comparing her to overcooked food. Some people even told in the face she should kill herself. It 's hard to see, but some thoughts about suicide came into her mind. Nevertheless, she did not think about any makeup to hide her body scars.
Brave and asured
One of her goals was to start wearing open toe shoes. She shared on Instagram: "So today I went out and bought my first pair of flip flops."
She did not commit suicide because she was happily in love with her boyfriend. She started wearing skirts and posting selfies for 23,000 followers on Instagram. One day everything was changed. She was thinking of a nana’s stories about how she was always laughing like a girl. At once she realized she wanted to be that person again.
So that day she made up her mind to put on a dress while shopping.That was not an easy decision. Usually, being outside, she covered up in long jeans and a black coat. But that day, she put on a blue dress. Although she was scared as she walked around, for every negative comment or look that she met, the girl constantly kept in mind that it was her life and her problem.
No use to hide body scars
The day was hard but resultative. She felt so accomplished at the end of the day. And after that everything changed. She kept pushing herself to wear skirts and shorts. And she never painted her scars. A friendship with Instagram came a little later. First, she posted only pictures of other people. But step by step her selfies started to be published.
Finally, she posted a barefaced photo and got comments like “You are so beautiful” and “You are an inspiration.” And furthermore, there came private messages from girls who were contemplating suicide but were stopped by her example and courage. In any situation, it is better to have a positive example to follow.
The young and brave lady is aware of her appearance. She is not going to be a beauty model. She does not fit society’s image of what “beautiful” is. But she does not want to. She intends to be the person she was born. That’s why now she has a tattoo on her back of a phoenix—a symbol for burn survivors because it rises from the ashes. It includes the date of the fire and a Bible verse that reads, “I am fearfully and wonderfully made."