May 22 of this year will be my birthday, also it will be 7 years of being a burn survivor. I died and was reborn on my birthday. I will be 33 years old.
I was burned in a camp fire seven years ago on my birthday, between that time I became the VP of the Nova Scotia burn support group and a board member on the Canadian burn Survivor community. May 22 is my burn anniversary and my birthday.
One thing I learned the hard way is to love yourself no matter what, becoming a Burn Survivor was the most difficult, scariest but amazing thing I ever faced in my life. It gave me the power to not fear and hide from change but run towards it, it gave me the power love me for me and appreciate what people don’t see. I no longer let people feel sorry for myself for being burned on my birthday, for me it was a gift to allow me to be myself no matter how the world sees and judges me.