"There is a beautiful life after burns" - Aderonke Odumosu. Read her story below👇
So I have never had the urge to share these burns pictures of myself after I survived a gas explosion. I have told my story to some people but never shared pics perhaps because I hate the pity party. Not until today, when I got a call from one of the doctors who operated on me & wanted me to speak to a young lady who recently suffered gas explosion & is feeling sucidal. He thought I was the best person to talk her out of it since I was in the same situation 3 years ago.
I abandon everything I was doing & headed straight to the hospital & on seeing the young lady I remembered my ordeal, how I too felt suicidal. I got emotional but I had to remain strong for her.
After sharing my story with her & reinforcing that suicide is NEVER an option, I hope/pray i was successful at talking her out. I myself attempted suicide 3 times but God said it wasn't my time.
3 years ago I knew what it meant for your life and plans to be brought to a screeching halt, to be sicker than I ever thought possible, to know kindness of hospital workers & strangers, to feel alone & at the same time part of a large community of people who are burns survivors.
To me, burns survivorship is about living through burns treatment and finding a way to integrate the impact of the shock and treatment into your new life. Using the word survivor to describe myself was one of the hardest thing I had to come to terms with so I believe conqueror is more suitable because this experience has helped me to become a better person,to appreciate every little thing, to see the world from a different perspective & I have conquered a sense of hopelessness.
To all burns victims out there it will only get better trust me. Your scars will fade away eventually & a new you will emerge .. Keep hope Alive.
Pic 1 was taken on the day of the explosion & Pic 6 (bottom right) was taken today.
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