ALEXIS DELEON

ALEXIS DELEON

Alexis Deleon

I was burned 5 years ago (I was 21). I was at a bonfire and this person was throwing industrial strength rubbing alcohol into the fire. He was drinking so didn’t realize how hard he was tossing the rubbing alcohol. I was directly across sitting on a chair talking to the person next to me when next thing I know fire is surrounding the sides of my face arms and chest.
Luckily I did the old stop drop and roll trick. I put myself out. I was burned on 21% of my body. A mixture of 1st 2nd and a large portion 3rd degree. I spent 3 weeks in st Barnabas burn ICU in NJ. I had skin graft surgery on my wrists, arms, and chest. I developed a DVT down my entire leg while there, which luckily cleared, and had to work with physical therapy to walk again without immense pain. It was a long, tough, painful recovery but it made me a stronger person.

I want to share my story, because there is light at the end of the tunnel. There were times I thought it was too tough, and I would never recover. But you do! Don’t cover up your scars or feel embarrassed by them. Smile, hold your head high, because you kick ass you tough cookie.