❤️ "I was only eight years old when my life took an unexpected turn that changed my life forever. On March 24th, 2004, the place I called home was engulfed in flames, and my siblings and I were trapped in our burning home." This is the story of Tamarah Houghton. Tragically, only Tamarah and her older sister would be able to escape the burning home, and the fire would take the lives of her three other siblings. Tamarah states, "Freshly burned skin covered the upper half of my body, and I was rushed to the hospital immediately. Due to the extent of my injury, I was placed into a medically induced coma for six weeks, which was only half of the time that I spent in the hospital for the initial burn injury. For years to come, I would undergo several extensive surgeries at Shriner’s Hospital for Children in Boston to further the recovery process... As the years passed, the physical pain began to lessen, and the emotional trauma from the accident began to seep into my everyday life. I struggled with the loss of my siblings, with my appearance, and worst of all, bullying from members of everyday society, including adults... Despite the stares and rude comments that sometimes still occur to this day, I began to acknowledge the features that I love about myself and became grateful to even be alive. I had devoted so much time into hating my scars that I forgot to cherish them for what they are: a reminder that I fought to be alive and that I shouldn’t waste the second chance that I’ve been given in life." Tamarah's goal is to further her education and become a burn psychologist to help children who have had a similar experience. ..
Image and article from: www.burnsurvivor.com