Shriners Hospitals for Children

So everyone wanted to know my story well here it is:

On Memorial Day 1999, I was only 3 years old and I was outside playing around like any normal toddler. My mom was mowing the backyard and my dad was doing the dishes inside the house. Somehow the gasoline can was knocked over and leaked under the water heater. I was in the garage at the time and when the gas can leaked under the water heater it had ignited a gas fire. My dad heard me scream and ran outside to pull me out of the fire. After my mom called 911 and I was flown to the Shriners Hospital for Burned Children in Galveston TX. There, I stayed for about a year, and now have been going for almost 15 years and have had about 60 to 70 surgeries. Over 95% of my body was burned with 3rd and 4th degree burns. My heart stopped at one point and I had a coupe seizures, but somehow I had survived all of that.
Though the past 15 years have been very difficult to get through, they have also been a special journey to me and too many others. Sometimes in life there comes a time when I just want to give up because everything is so different and hard for me. Most of the time I wanted to give up when people made fun of me, calling me names or when I couldn’t do something because I am not physically able to. I also told myself I wanted to be normal just so I could be like everyone else, I wanted to be able to do the same thing as other people my age. For example play sports, go swim all day in the heat, or go to the spa with my friends and get my manicure and pedicure. I was able to go to Colorado, Washington State, and California for camps every year. Or I was able to go to California with my mom to be on TV, and also go to Dancing with the Stars and meet many famous people, and I realized no one else was able to do that. I have gone through so much and still am today, but don’t like putting it out there and having everyone feel sorry for me. I know my accident has made me who I am today it has made me stronger in every way possible. Therefor I couldn’t be more proud to know that every single day I am still smiling and couldn’t be happier without the people that surround me, whether it’s my family or people I meet. People who are burned or disfigured are no different, we are just ordinary human beings. I wish people would start treating me like one.

There’s a time in life when its hard but you just have to have faith and never give up. Also if anyone ever wants to ask a question feel free no question is rude.

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