I Am a Burn Survivor

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 201 People

    I can breathe again

    When I was 3½ months old my biological father, awol from the Navy, inflicted 2nd and 3rd degree burns to my face and chest directly below my collarbone. He was arrested and taken to court. The jury found him guilty but the judge gave him no jail time because he was a first time...
    UnknownAnnie UnknownAnnie
    22-25, F
    2 Responses Aug 26, 2010

    Burn Survivor Helping Others Now

    My name is Basma Hameed and I'm a burn survivor.When I was 2 years old, I was rushed to the ER from a hot oil spill accident. I suffered a 3rd degree burn on 40% on my face, that led to 100+ plastic surgeries and laser resurfacing treatments. Even with all those surgeries the...
    basmahameed basmahameed
    26-30
    1 Response Aug 10, 2012

    Blessing in Disguise

    Hello, My name is Casstina. I was recently trapped in a car fire and unforunatly my back, arms, face and scalp have 3rd degree burns. I was driving home from a late night at a friends when I hit a telephone pole and my car ignited on fire. I was unconscious so I remeber very...
    casstinajk casstinajk
    22-25
    5 Responses Aug 11, 2009

    Burn Survivor Looking For Others

    Hi my name is jen I am a mother of four that has been in a grease fire. It was the worst day of my life! June 27th 2013 my mother was watching my 3yr old so i could get some more sleep for work. Well my mother started to make my little girl hash browns using our lg pot and filled...
    burnedmommy burnedmommy
    31-35, F
    5 Responses Nov 18, 2013

    Living With Physical And Emotional Scars

    A year ago on January 17 2011 I was involved in an house explosion that changed my life forever. I was hospitalized for two months after I recovered quickly but I am very scarred I think more so emotionally I am used to being that confident pretty girl and now I just feel damaged...
    Mzjazzygirl Mzjazzygirl
    31-35, F
    6 Responses Jul 6, 2012

    The Beginning Of My Life

    Me getting burned was really a blessing in disguise. I was in a group of 8 people sitting around a fire roasting s'mores, some of my friends had brought rubbing alcohal to make the fire bigger..whn the wind knocked over the bottle of rubbing alcohal, i happened to be sitting...
    saywhaaa94 saywhaaa94
    16-17
    1 Response Jan 14, 2012

    Hi All, I'm a student working on a project to

    help burn survivors in developing countries. In the developing world, burns are just as common as they are here, but few people get timely treatment and end up being disfigured and disabled. To try and better understand what a burn victim goes through in the course of their...
    lifeRAFT lifeRAFT
    26-30, F
    3 Responses May 13, 2015

    Awkward Hidden Burn Scar

    When I was almost 11 years old, I was making tea in the morning for my breakfast. I leaned over the stove and all of a sudden my shirt caught on fire. This was particularly awful because my mom was abusive and used the burn as an excuse to keep me out of school for longer than...
    Klly Klly
    26-30, F
    1 Response Aug 5, 2010

    I was 13 years old when 16% of my body was

    severely burned. I spent a few months at Parkland Hospital in Dallas. 3 surgeries and lots of Physical therapy. I am a survivor.
    Laflaca1074 Laflaca1074
    41-45, F
    1 Response Feb 19

    Dead Man Breathing

    "This is a story that God has compelled me to help spread the word of MIRACLES!!!! I was honored to be health care provider nurse that looked eyeball to eyeball in shower waiting for jack to nod and let me know when to rip dressings off with blood sweat and tears daily. His...
    Sheriealexander Sheriealexander
    31-35
    1 Response Jan 5, 2013

    27 Years Later...

    May 25 marks 27 years since the day my life changed forever.  It started off innocently enough with a shopping trip with my younger brother and mom earlier in the day.  We lived in a very rual community in southern Missouri, my parents owned a small convience store...
    three4me three4me
    36-40, F
    6 Responses May 8, 2010

    As such, I have fears of anything

    that can burn me. When I lived with my bf (now ex) he would do the cooking that I feared: draining boiling noodles and frying. Now that I live alone and I have no bf, I have been avoiding the two forms of cooking, until recently. I almost feel comfortable draining boiling...
    Badina Badina
    46-50, F
    3 Responses Apr 29, 2014

    I wish I could live just a few days without my

    inter-scars and outer scars and see how different life could have been for me.
    deleted deleted
    26-30
    1 Response Aug 10, 2015

    My Friend

    I'm not a burn survivor but my childhood best friend is. When we were 6 months old my father heard a baby crying outside our house. He looked out our living room window and saw a baby carriage in flames. He ran out, tipped the carriage over and put the baby out with his bare...
    Snapmom Snapmom
    51-55
    2 Responses Aug 14, 2012

    I have shared my story on "i am a burn victim"

    a few years back on this same account. I have come to realize that im not a victim, im a survivor and im proud and blessed to be one. Those out there who feel like you are alone in the burn survivor community, trust me you aren't! There is a lot of out there from different ages...
    saved27 saved27
    22-25, F
    2 Responses Aug 15, 2015

    I wasn't burned that bad,

    thank God. But, I do have scars and it hurt like hell!!!!
    deleted deleted
    26-30
    Aug 31, 2015

    Hi everyone! I always wanted to share my story

    and meet people who have been through a similar situation as me, glad I found this site. When I was 16 I was lighting a ciggerette for a "friend" when she pushed my hand and my hair went on fire quickly, she stood there and watched the fire take over my head, I tried to pur it...
    Samanthaxoxoo Samanthaxoxoo
    26-30, F
    Mar 15

    Hi everyone. Sorry if i dont write english very

    well ok? Because i am portuguese. 1 year ago i had an accident with fire.. was using alcool and the bottle exploded on my hand and spreads all on my body. Was summer and i was wearing just a tshirt and a short. I hurt my legs and arms, God saved my face and im so thankful for...
    RosanaPt RosanaPt
    26-30, F
    2 Responses Dec 27, 2015

    Feeling Hopeless..

    Hi guys, I got burnt about 9 months ago.. I ended up tipping a bowl of newly boiled water mixed with vicks onto myself and got third degree burns on my thighs and stomach. I wasn't given much support until only recently when I started searching and calling different places for...
    Dumangulu Dumangulu
    22-25, F
    2 Responses Jul 28, 2013

    I have accepted my scars.

    I want to look pretty. So I wore a pretty bra. It irritated the skin graft on my breast, it was painful for days. I'm told that I should only wear cotton bras. I realize this is a small thing, but feeling pretty starts with my underclothes. My question is has any female found...
    Badina Badina
    46-50, F
    2 Responses Oct 21, 2014

    I was burned 18 years ago this nov ,

    I was in a house fire . I was burnt 51% of my body I came ferther then my drs or family has ever imagined , but at times I feel like I haven't made it that far.
    deleted deleted
    26-30
    3 Responses Mar 5, 2015

    Burn Survivor

    6 years ago i was caught in a car fire, I was burnt with 2nd and 3rd degree burns on 80% of my body, I had many skin graft surgeries. they thought i would lose my left leg, but they was able to save it. I spent 2 months in a local burn unit, went through 3 years of PT, just to...
    Goldwing244ricky Goldwing244ricky
    51-55, M
    12 Responses Jul 14, 2012

    Girls don't you just hate it

    when you burn yourself on a curling iron or some sort ouch!!!
    tiashepherdx tiashepherdx
    16-17, F
    2 Responses May 9, 2014

    Burn Survivor Diva

    This is just a quick synopsis of my story.  Fifteen years ago, my life was nearly taken by a fire.  I woke up one morning & decided to go for a jog.  After the jog I decided to sneak a smoke in my parent's utility shed located in the back of the shed.  Before I knew it, I...
    burndiva95 burndiva95
    36-40, F
    5 Responses Apr 22, 2011

    Burns Hurts Deep,mind,body,and Soul

    Hii my name is ray alexander im 22 and im a burn survivor with a few trauma issues. Around last year on july 8th changed my life forever. I was in a real tragic car accident that almost got me killed , i had broken both my ankles, my right hip,about 4 ribs,sprained my c4/neck,and...
    livinglifeforever151 livinglifeforever151
    22-25, M
    2 Responses Sep 28, 2012

    When I was a baby i was burned on

    both of my feet from an IV infiltration. Unfortunatley I have let that situation impact a great deal of my life from the activities that I participate in to the things that I wear. At the age of 25, I am finally starting to be comfortable in my own skin but I still have a long...
    tgoolsby tgoolsby
    26-30, F
    2 Responses May 26, 2014

    Would any one over the age of 50 be interested

    in taking part in some research. We are interested in finding out about your experiences of living with a burn injury. Please get it contact if you would like to find out more.
    Bnotts Bnotts
    22-25, F
    2 Responses May 24, 2014

    I am a retired female firefighter

    who also lost my sight due to being trapped in a burning building. i would like to communicate with people who share my strifes and triumphs. If you'd like to know more about me you can google my name Melanie Stapper.......TAKE CARE 08-20-2014 - UPDATE TO THIS STORY!!! Due to...
    Integrity60 Integrity60
    51-55
    4 Responses Apr 10, 2014

    I have a burn that covers 25% of my body it's

    right down my one side, I don't know if anyone else feels like I do but some days I hate them but then there's other days where I feel I wouldn't be me without them.
    deleted deleted
    26-30
    Sep 19, 2015

    I am a burn survive I was burned 18 years in

    nov. I was staying at my dads moms house like I had for a few years on weekends or sometime during the day. My Accident happens at 5 or 6 am m cousin my sister and me were all in one room n my grandma n her by were in another room upstairs not to far from us . They saved...
    deleted deleted
    26-30
    1 Response Aug 7, 2015

    I was a 18 month old toddler

    and I was left with my Auntie she was 22 yrs old which I consider to be old enough to look after a toddler however that wasn't the case she liked drinking coffee lots of coffee and would boil milk on the stove whilst she was out in the street talking (not looking after me) the...
    senghenydd senghenydd
    61-65, M
    Sep 28, 2015

    My Story

    So, I sustained 3rd degree burns to 30% of my body when I was 15 months old. I am grateful that I was not old enough at the time to remember the event nor the pain. Growing up in a very small town in Australia it was hard to escape being the odd one out and being excluded and...
    artache88 artache88
    26-30, F
    Oct 9, 2013

    I'm having my second surgery on my burn

    tomorrow. It is on the right side of my face, ear, and the entire back of my head. I am going to likely lose my ear, and the skin graft over my right eye is tightening to were I can't close my eye any longer. The rest of the burn - minus my first skin graft - is not healing so...
    jillmariek jillmariek
    36-40, F
    7 Responses Nov 3, 2014

    I recently started to work in a factory.

    One of the positions gives me flashbacks and panic attacks. I told the boss and he said it was ok if I worked on the other side. Up to today, I had no issues with coworkers minding me doing this. Today, someone had an issue with it. When I told her that it reminds me of when I...
    Badina Badina
    46-50, F
    1 Response Jul 18, 2014

    Sad Because I Cant Wear Skirts

    Im 22 years old and I burned when I was 5 or 6 dont remember. Im a wife and a mother, I burned from my knees up to my butt cheek from one leg. I have a skin graph from the other leg its only the back part that got burned not the front. All my life I have wanted to wear sexy...
    Liliana18 Liliana18
    22-25
    9 Responses May 8, 2012

    Going through my Experiences,

    I found this... I certainly don't mean to diminish the more seriously burned victims... When I was 8 years old in Utah, my family and I went on a camping trip. I was trying to navigate around the fire pit, and my shoe caught on a rock. I fell into the fire, hands catching...
    AlwaysPersevere71 AlwaysPersevere71
    41-45, M
    2 Responses Apr 24, 2014

    Burned my tounge so bad it started bleeding lol,

    not technacly a typical burn suvivor
    Ashthewolf7601 Ashthewolf7601
    13-15, F
    Jan 18, 2015

    Mother of a Burn "Survivor"

    Hello...my name is Laura.  My daughter Lauren was burned in a scalding accident at home with my husband at 17 months old.  She sustained 47% burns...most of them third degree and some full thickness.  We have had many long days in the burn unit and also 14...
    llchis72 llchis72
    36-40
    3 Responses May 5, 2009

    I was burned over 35% of my body at the age of

    9, in a gasoline fire. I am 40 now, and I spent most of my years feeling very self concious about my scars. What we all need to realize is that scars do not define us. My scars have helped to shape the person I have become. I consider them to be strength marks. I have learned to...
    porchbrunke porchbrunke
    41-45, M
    2 Responses Dec 17, 2013

    I'm Still Affected

    i got 3rd degree burns to the upper part of my body, 26 yrs ago
    uunniku uunniku
    31-35, F
    1 Response Sep 8, 2012

    Im 23 years young today

    but i was 10years old when i was burned on 40%of my body in a house fire i hate to talk about it but i love to show ppl that we are no different then anyone else i use to be so scared to wear shorts or the cute lil tops that all the other girls where wearing but i decided that...
    beautifulburnsurvivor90 beautifulburnsurvivor90
    26-30, F
    3 Responses Feb 23, 2014

    I was very young but the memory of the quick

    pain & numbness after haunts me till this day. I have a Phobia for fire and extremely hot water and steam. I was a toddler when it happened, my mother boiled a kettle and being the curious, playful child that I was I pulled the electrical cord and Hot boiling water rained onto...
    Halfmonster95 Halfmonster95
    18-21, F
    6 Responses Dec 6, 2015

    My new job seems to be working out.

    People are now talking to me and asking the usual questions about age or if I'm married. However, there is one additional question that I'm asked. What happened to your arm? I finally figured out a short answer. Cigarette caught my top on fire. I'm hoping that the one or two...
    Badina Badina
    46-50, F
    Jun 21, 2014

    When I was a firefighter,

    I was trapped in a burning house. I had many life-threatening injuries, but right now most of my pain is related to my legs, which were the most badly burned. It was 20 years ago. I have been put on Elavil for the leg pain, but the pain has recently come back. I wasn't burned by...
    Integrity60 Integrity60
    51-55
    2 Responses Jun 18, 2015

    I started a new job this week.

    I am thankful that I have accepted my scars because it gets very hot in the factory. I have been wearing tank tops which exposes part of my scars. Thankfully no one has asked about it. So if you are hiding scars let lose, people accept you for you.
    Badina Badina
    46-50, F
    1 Response Jun 6, 2014

    I am still struggling to come to accept my

    scars. I was burned in a house fire when i was only a year old so teasing is all ive ever known.. I go to a burn camp where its me and the other girls tell our stories to each other.. And i keep thinking "I wish i knew what it was like to not be burned." or "i wish i could hide...
    BurnVictor BurnVictor
    18-21, F
    3 Responses Jul 13, 2014

    I burned 50% of my body

    and had skin graft since then I dont ever look in the mirror naked. I hate my scars and I had completely lost my confident , sometimes I think it would be better to die instead of having this stupid scars
    mehran1993 mehran1993
    22-25, M
    3 Responses Jun 28, 2015

    Hello, my name is Harriett.

    I am a 21 year old lingerie design student from the UK. I am also new to EP so if this post is inappropriate please delete it. I am looking to create a final collection for inspirational women who have been subjected to burns. I desperately want to make women feel confident...
    lingerieharri lingerieharri
    22-25, F
    1 Response Aug 30, 2015

    I am a burn SURVIVOR!

    (NOT a burn VICTIM) ... I think it is extremely sad that there are only 160 posts on "I am a burn survivor" and 208+ on "I am a burn victim". Burn survivors who have significant 3rd degree burns need to stand up as a community. We are not victims, we are survivors. When was the...
    kj10 kj10
    22-25
    5 Responses Jun 1, 2014

    Leah's Story

    Hi all My daughter Leah is four years old and a triplet, she is the only girl with two brothers. They were born 9/23/05 at 35wks and spent 16 days in the NICU. I am a stay at home mom and have enjoyed the three little miracles God gave me. Watching them grow up is so...
    ahalstein0418 ahalstein0418
    31-35, F
    2 Responses Apr 6, 2010
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