This year is the 12th anniversary of my burns. Although, in some ways, it feels like it was yesterday , there are so many days I forget I even have burns. My burns recovery was the hardest thing I’ve ever gone through. The improvement your skin makes after the burns is really underestimated. Within such a short time of my injury, my scars started to heal, my grafts started to blend and my hypertrophics flattened. My hair grew back and in time, so did my confidence. I went on and lived a ‘normal’ life so quickly after the burns. All my fears of not integrating back into society, not having friends or relationships all seem like such an overreaction now. Words can’t describe how happy I am with my burns recovery.
My burns don’t dominate my life any more, they’re something that happened to me but they aren’t the focus of my life. I’ve had further operations in these past 10 years to restore my hairline, transfer fat to my face, laser treatment, microneedling and more, but they never interfered with my day to day life. My burns recovery (although I wouldn’t choose to go through it again) gave me so much motivation to make the most out of my life and I appreciate every single day of it.
Now, aged 24, I am absolutely ecstatic to have graduated from university (Summer 2019) alongside my family and friends. I’m currently a Junior Doctor working in Liverpool. Hopefully I can make a difference from the other side of the medical world!