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Jul
11

Speaking for burn survivors

It’s not what happens to you in life that matters, but what you do with it. You can let life make you bitter and hard or you can let it soften you and open you up to all of its possibilities.

My life is a work in progress. I’ve fought through unimaginable physical and emotional pain, rage and self-pity. With a lot of help from others, I’ve clawed my way back from the depths of denial and drug abuse that resulted in spiritual, emotional and financial bankruptcy. I still work every day to keep anger and isolation at bay and do my best to stay peaceful and hopeful in my daily life. But I have achieved some self-acceptance and peace. I’ve discovered that at the core, I am just like everyone else—just as beautiful and just as ugly.

It took me years to realize this. Everyone struggles with his own demons. Mine came to light as a result of a horrific accident. I’m writing this blog to help others, especially burn survivors, on their journeys of self-discovery. It is a painful road, but the only one I have found worth taking. Maybe having a friend who’s been there can make it a little less lonely.

As I share some of what I’ve learned, I hope you will do the same. Telling our stories helps take the power out of the trauma we have suffered and retraumatization that we continue to endure. Sharing our stories gradually opens the door to healing.


1 Response to “Speaking for burn survivors”


  1. 1 Phyllis
    July 24, 2011 at 10:29 am

    Great blog, Johnny! So glad you are sharing your story for the benefit of everyone. Beautiful woodworking!


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