Burned over 35% of my body, I spent three months in John Sealy Hospital in Galveston undergoing skin grafts and other burn treatments. The worst was the daily visit to "the tank" for a whirlpool bath in Dreft detergent. I don't know a burn survivor who doesn't shiver recalling the tank.
I was healthy and I had superb doctors. I healed from the burns and went on about my life. Yes, the scars are still there on my back and legs, but they don't show and even if they did, I'd be okay
One thing I've always wanted to do was to give back in some way by helping other burn survivors. And now I have my chance. Saturday I went through training to be a peer supporter, part of SOAR, Survivors Offering Assistance in Recovery. I'm looking forward to connecting with other burn victims and giving them a listening ear and a path to hope.