Hello, I am Michelle. At just two years old I was burned over 91% of my body! Today I am thriving and learning how to better help, inspire and empower others by maintaining my masters degree in Strategic Leadership and Business Administration. Currently I am writing my survivor story and lessons I have learned in my book, Survivor not Victim, Stories Behind my Scars. When I am not studying or writing I teach and facilitate Equine Assisted Activities, and provide Burn Support to other survivors. To learn more, continue to explore my site.
Often people think of the immediate pain, and challenges following a burn injury. They may think of the long hospital stay, skin grafting, surgeries, and therapies - but they don’t think about the long term, lifelong effect a burn injury can have on someone. This year for Burn Awareness Week (February 3-9th, 2019), I want to spread awareness that a burn injury is a lifelong injury that requires extensive healing, and can even require lifelong healing. Please join me in helping spread burn awareness.
“I have learned that two people can look at the exact same thing and see it totally differently”
“I am not limited by my scars, the pain I’ve endured or past experiences or lack of experiences I have had. For they have led me to a greater perspective and understanding of love, life, pain, trial and persevering.”
“Learning to be alone, and enjoying it, is the most empowering gift you can give yourself.”
Sometimes I hate technology and completely want to go off the grid. Don't tell me I'm not the only one??? Here is why I now live life on my own terms and not my phone/computer.
Horses can teach youth, as well as adults some very valuable lessons! Here are some of the many lessons I have learned throughout the years I have had from working with horses. I have truly learned so much, I can't imagine where my life would be without them.
My little boy Eli has brought so much love into my life. I am so happy to have him a part of my life. To learn about all that he has brought into my life read this post.
I learned a lot while living alone even though it was only just over a year! Honestly I might just prefer to live alone. To read about everything I learned read this post!
What does it feel like to always be the strong one? How long can you be strong until you fall apart. Read my blog on my breaking point and how in the end I regained more strength than I had before.
Read more to learn how the words you use to describe yourself and other people do matter.