Let's get some informative statistics out of the way: According to the Center for Disease Control, in the United States, 1.1 million people suffer from burn injuries that require medical attention every year. About 50,000 of these burn victims require hospitalization and 20,000 suffer major burns covering 25% of their body. And as many as 10,000 people in the United States die each year as a result of burn-related infections.
There are many different type of burns, out of many I will mention the following three and it is important to know how each is classified:
- First degree burns are burns to the top layer of the skin–redness, swelling and pain to touch. No blisters and healing occurs in 3-5 days, much like sunburns. No scarring.
- Second degree burns are partial or full thickness burns of the first two layers of skin (epidermis and dermis)–pain, blisters, a glossy or wet appearance from blisters and possible loss of skin. Scarring can occur but usually is minimal if treated properly.
- Third degree burns penetrate the full thickness of the skin and permanently destroys the tissue. It also results in permanent scarring and generally takes months to heal and requires immediate hospitalization, much like my two month long hospitalization.
Now as a 3rd degree burn survivor, in addition to permanent scarring of your body it also creates a lot of deep emotional scars; it forever changes your appearance and it sends you on a long lasting battlefield within yourself and society. And this is where my story begins. Only today, yet another meaningful 13, my story begins because I have decided to publicly reveal true-self and share my journey in hopes to provide comfort and support to many of you who are dealing with physical and emotional scars. Regardless the size of the scar, emotional or physical, we are all very unique and it affects us differently. It can build us up or tear us down and prevent us from living the life we truly want to live. I hope my blog brings ease and motivation to your journey. At any point, if you'd like to share your experience with the rest of us, please don't hesitate to reach out. Together we can help and inspire.