“On July 8th, 2022, my family went to our relative’s campsite to enjoy some family time. That evening, we had a bonfire going. My 4-year old daughter was running with toys in her hand as her older sister chased her. As they ran around a tree, my 4-year old daughter fell and tripped into the fire.
It was horrendous and beyond scary. I quickly ran over to rescue her, immediately picking her up and putting her on the ground. We rushed her into the camper to run cool water onto her burns, and then immediately rushed her to the hospital because it would take longer for an ambulance to arrive.
It’s been a long road so far, but we’re just thankful to have our little girl with us still. Recovery has been a rollercoaster. We have good days and bad days.
Kids are resilient; however, I’m finding it hard to forgive myself for it happening. It wasn’t my fault, but as her mom, I feel It was. I’m slowly mending and healing.
Our daughter, though, she’s a warrior. 12.3% of her body was burned. She’ll be undergoing more surgeries for laser treatments for her scarring.
You are and always will be beautiful and bright. I always say, “Scars remind us of where we’ve been, they don’t have to dictate where we’re going”. You are still you! You will become stronger in the end!
Our daughter wears her scars covered, for now. When she’s able to wear them uncovered, she will do so. We have taught her that those scars do not define her beauty.
There are times where she’s taken a break from the garments and we’ve been out in public where people stare, but I’ve taught her that if they’re staring, they’re just admiring her beauty. They may be curious as to what happened to her. I will make sure she has no fear.”
Meet Michelle S.
“It was the Fourth of July in 2019, and my friends and family were enjoying the fireworks when someone at the neighboring property set off fireworks that went awry. 100 feet away from me, a high-velocity aerial rocket discharged horizontally