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In A Flash - Our Burn Injury Story

Updated on January 25, 2011

Burn Injuries change your life - In a Flash!

Poof!...in a flash, that's how long it takes for someones world to come to a crashing halt.

For us it happened at 6:58 pm on August 6th 2002.

For us it started with an argument over lasagna on a very hot day and a dead Robin that did a kamikaze on the garage window. The argument prompted my hubby to go back to that day's work site to get a few more hours of painting done.

The dead bird prompted me to stay home that night instead of going to bingo. I admit it, I'm a superstitious Irish girl. In my family when a bird flys into a window it is considered a bad omen of the death of someone in the family...it didn't help, that during the argument we had, my hubby Scott, waved the dead bird around singing "I'm gonna die!" in an effort to make me mad by making fun of my superstitious nature.

Scott before the Accident

Life before the burn

Scott and I were married on August 3rd 1995.

We had known and hated each other for years

before we actually realized we were perfect for each other.

Scott always had a wild streak, loved to party,

loved motorcycles, loved extended

conoe-camping trips on the St. Croix River.

The first couple of years were a nightmare.

It's really a miracle we stayed together.

Scott was a serious Alcoholic...

and he was far from being a pleasant life of the party drunk...

No, Scott was an angry, crazy and suicidal drunk.

It wasn't uncommon for me to pack up the kids

and the dog at 3 in the morning to go sleep

somewhere else just to get away from him

when he'd go on his drunk and crazy rampages.

True we did have a lot of fun during those years too.

Our house was party central and we threw

the best Halloween parties in town.

Alcoholism is a progressive disease,

and Scott got progressively more crazy,

more suicidal and more drunk.

By the end of his drinking career, we were going

through a 16 gallon keg of beer every couple days,

not to mention all the vodka...

and even though we did have a friend of ours living

with us at the time, her and I were both light

social drinkers, so it was really Scott

consuming most of the booze.

In the end, jail and not being allowed to

come home until he sobered up for good

was what got Scott to stop drinking.

After that, slowly our lives got better every day.

His painting business started taking off,

I was working at one of the local Emergancy

rooms as a Health Unit Co-ordinater

and we started to get back on track.

Scott got his drivers license back,

after not driving for 13 years because of old DUI's,

we got caught up on all of our bills.

Scott got healthier every day.

On the morning of August 6th, 2002,

Scott had been sober for about 4 years

and life was going pretty smoothly for us.


And Time Stopped

Because of our earlier argument I had cancelled my plans to go to bingo that night.

Because of the dead bird I sat home waiting for the phone to ring and hoping that it wouldn't...hoping that Scott would come home before it did.

Scott didn't come home and at 7:05 pm the phone did ring. It was Dan, the guy who owned the apartment building where Scott was painting a vacant apartment.

His first words after I said hello were "now don't freak out."

Flash Fire Explosion!

It only takes a moment for burn injuries to change everything

At first I thought, it wasn't going to be as bad as I expected. Dan told me there had been a fire at the apartment building and that Scott had been taken to United Hospital.

I worked at United Hospital and I knew that United was a Level 2 trauma hospital, we didn't have a burn unit and that if they took him to United, that he wasn't hurt very badly.

I called the back desk at United Emergancy room, I worked at that same desk every night. I knew the girl who answered the phone. I asked her if my husband had just come in by ambulance? She said that they hadn't had an ambulance in over an hour and weren't expecting one, and said, "Bambi, you know all fire related patients go to Regions!"

Yes, of course I knew that, but I was still desperately grasping to any shred of hope I could find.

I called Regions Hospital, I told the woman who answered my name and she told me to please hold before I could even ask a question. She already knew who I was before I called. She had been expecting my call....I hung up and drove to Regions Hospital in a daze.

A nurse, a police officer and a minister were waiting just inside the emergancy room doors for me.

Sounds like the start of a joke doesn't it?

The Waiting is the Hardest Part

Scott's initial burn treatment took over 5 hours.

They took me up to the family waiting area of the Burn Center and said that someone would be out shortly to let me know what was going on.

I started making the phone calls. First my Mom, who said she was on her way. Then I tried to contact his parents, who were 3 hours away, but no one was home, so I called his sister Joy. He and Joy had been estranged for around 7 years, so I didn't expect her to come to the hospital, I just needed her help to find her parents, before I hung up she said she was on her way.

Fire Investigators and police and 3 different ministers came and went during the 5 hours we waited. By the time the Doctor finally came out to talk to us, we were quite a little group. My mom, Joy, Dan, my brother Robert and my oldest son Travis were there as well as the police minister.

Dr. Mohr came into the waiting room and basically just told us that Scott was in extremely critical condition. That he had sustained 3rd degree and deeper burns to 85% of his body and that he had about a 3% chance of surviving the night.

LIFE IS A NEAR-DEATH EXPERIENCE

-George Carlin

Wei-ji means Crisis

A crisis is an opportunity riding the dangerous wind - Chinese Proverb

Never Give Up Hope

Everyone reacts differently to a crisis. Some people crumble and fall apart, some people go into shock...and some people you never expected to, actually step up to the plate and hit a home run.

I grew up in a dirt-poor working class family. My mom was a Murphy and our family lived Murphy's Law every day. I grew up always expecting the worst and because of growing up in a family that was always living from crisis to crisis, I was probably better equipted to deal with Scott's accident than most people would be.

This was a double edged sword, because I didn't collapse and fall apart, no one else stepped up to take care of me. Instead I ended up comforting everyone else around me. That ended up being okay for me, because it kept me very busy.

Just about everyone expected Scott to die, true the odds were stacked against him.

From the moment the doctor said 3% chance of survival, I just knew that Scott would be in that 3%. I immediately asked the Doctor how long until his odds increased. At which point he started talking in that voice peole use to explaine complicated things to children, and told me that most likely Scott wouldn't survive the night.

Well, I'm the first to admit it that I can be a real first class bitch. I immediatley used my "I'm the Mom and I'm in charge not you voice" and explained to the doctor that I worked at United Emergancy room and was very familiar with medical procedure and terminolgy and that he could just cut the crap and tell me what happens next and how long until Scott's odds improve after he survives the night.

That got me a real answer, if Scott could survive the night, which the doctor again insisted was highly unlikely, then they would begin surguries to remove the burned skin from his body. Then if the surguries somehow didn't kill him and he somehow stayed alive for the next ten days, that then he would increase Scott's odds to 10%.

Then he excused himself to go finish working on keeping Scott alive. You have to give the burn doctors and nurses credit, they worked on Scott for 8 hours straight that night just to stabalize him. After 8 hours we were finally allowed back to see Scott.


While everyone else who knew Scott was falling apart, giving up hope and waiting for him to die. Me and the boys were fighting negative energy.

We had found a copy of the "Phoenix Society Burn News" in the waiting room. Inside we found a story about a man named Tony Gonzalez, who had been burned over 99% of his body, had been treated at Regions Burn Center, who had been given only a 1% chance to survive and had beat the odds and survived.

Tony Gonzales became our hope for Scott. The boys and I knew that if that guy could do it, then so could Scott. We started a positive energy campaign. No one was allowed to cry in Scott's room, people who went in were told to tell him positive things like "keep fighting" and "you can do it".

At one point during those first few days, the boys and I were talking to Scott and telling him how much we loved and needed him and how strong he was and how we knew he could beat this. The nurse who was watching him that day was stupid enough to comment that he didn't see why we were talking to him. That he was in an induced coma and couldn't hear us any way and then had the nerve to say I was giving my kids false hope. That he had been in the Burn center for 15 years and that in his opinion Scott wasn't going to make it.

Well that was it for him. I went right to the nursing supervisor and insisted that he be removed immediately. He was removed, and never allowed to be Scott's nurse again, all future nurses were instructed that only positive energy was allowed. See I told you I could be a bitch.

Those who dance are considered insane by those who can't hear the music

~ Anonymous

Beating the Odds

Miracles happen every day

Scott survived. It didn't happen over-night.

Scott was intubated and kept in an induced coma for 23 days.

He had 3 surguries in the first 4 days to remove all of the burned skin.

Basically they skin burn patients alive, because the burned skin is full of germs and can get infected and kill them.

Infection is the leading cause of death to burn patients. In the past people burned as badly as Scott always died. This was because burn surgeons could only remove as much damaged skin as they had new-growth skin to use to graft the area that was removed. Someone burned over 85% of their body would take months to cover with new skin, by then the infections caused by the dead burned skin killed them.

INTEGRA - Dermal Regeneration Template

Life saving technology for 3rd degree burns

Integra saved Scott's life.

Integra is a skin replacement system for the treatment of deep partial-thickness or full-thickness burn injury to the skin.

Integra enables doctors to remove all of the burned skin and cover the body with artificial skin quickly, which reduces the risk of infection and gives the patient time to grow new skin.

Integra has 2 layers, the layer that gets placed on the open tissue, actually binds with it and creates a surface optimal to place grafted skin. The outer silicone layer acts as an artificial skin that keeps fluids in while protecting the covered tissue from infection.

Amputation is common with burn injuries

Scott lost all of his fingers and both thumbs

During Scott's recovery, one of the hardest things I had to do was sign the permission papers for the doctors to amputate Scott's fingers.

One of the burn doctors explained it like this; imagine if you grilled a hotdog next to a whole chicken and you kept that hotdog on the grill until the chicken was done. Well, that was what happened to Scott's fingers.

I knew they couldn't be saved, by the time they amputated, they were black shriveled up mummy fingers. Still, just the thought of living without fingers is indescribable.

Life at the Burn Center

We were at the hospital more than at home

Scott's recovery was a long, slow process. He had 14 surgeries, endured daily torture sessions in the burn tub, and fought countless life threatening infections.

We practically lived at the burn center for 4 and 1/2 months. My day consited of working an 8 hour over-night shift at United Emergancy room, then going to Regions Burn Center to feed Scott breakfast, then home to sleep a few hours, then going back to Regions in time to feed Scott dinner and keep him company until it was time to go back to work.

I went 8 months straight were I didn't once get more than 5 hours of sleep in a 24 hour period. Many nights at work my nurses would cover my station so I could get an hour of sleep in an empty patient room during slow nights.

Inside the apartment where Scott was painting

Inside the apartment where Scott was painting
Inside the apartment where Scott was painting

The Explosion

How Scott got his burn injuries

It took us months to put together what had actually happened in that vacant apartment on August 6th.

The Fire Investigator determined that it was a flash fire that reached temperatures of 1,000 degrees fahrenheit in a matter of seconds.

A flash fire is an unexpected, sudden intense fire caused by ignition of flammable solids (including dust), liquids, or gases. It is characterized by high-temperature, short-duration, considerable shock waves, and a rapidly moving flame front.

Flash fires may occur in environments where fuel, typically flammable gas or dust, is mixed with air in concentrations suitable for combustion.

"A rapidly moving flame front which can be a combustion explosion. Flash fire may occur in an environment where fuel and air become mixed in adequate concentrations to combust...flash fire has a heat flux of approximately 84 kW/m2 for relatively short periods of time, typically less than 3 seconds."

Unlike most people who wake up in the hospital and have no memory of the accident that put them there, Scott remembered every detail. Here in his own words, in a letter he wrote, is that story.

The Day I was Burned - By: Scott Watson

August 6th 2002

It was three days past our 7th wedding anniversary and 4 days before our youngest son's 13th birthday. I went to work just like any other day. I knew I had a shitty job ahead of me. That day I was going to spray 15 gallons of Kilz primer, which is basically just lighter fluid disguised as paint. I needed to get the stink out of a one- bedroom apartment that had been occupied for over 30 years by a chain-smoker. Kilz was the only thing strong enough to cover 30 years of yellow smoke stains on the walls, ceiling & cabinets.

I sprayed for awhile then took a break for a couple of hours, ran some errands & had pizza for lunch at a local joint. Then I went back and sprayed until I was almost done with the Kilz. I thought hmm, I'll finish the kitchen cabinets the next morning & then start rolling on the colored paint over the primer. Kilz is nasty stuff, the fumes alone can knock you out if you don't wear a mask or respirator. And even with the respirator on, when you spray Kilz it manages to soak into your skin & make you feel kind of crazy.

I went home to eat dinner. It was a hot humid nasty day and Bambi had made lasagna. The oven on in the house on such a hot day made it like walking into a sauna. Between the heat, the Kilz fumes & the lasagna, I blew up. Started a fight over the lasagna, because I'd had pizza for lunch & didn't want lasagna.

Earlier that day a Robin had flown into my shop window

and left its brains on the window.

It's body landed on a little table under the window. Bambi's family has a superstition that if a bird hits a window on your house or car & dies that it means that somebody is going to die. Bad omen kind of thing. I've seen her hit that one right on the nuts before so I knew there was something more to the bird thing than just superstition.

Well being mad at her about the lasagna anyway, I picked up that dead bird by the tail & started laughing and singing "some-ones gonna die...some-ones gonna die" I said I was going back to work, threw the bird down, said fuck you & went to meet my fate.

I went back to the apartment; it was dark & dreary inside. I had plastic covering all but one window & a fan blowing the fumes out of the open window. The air inside was thick and stunk like hell. I set up my tools in the living room and then went outside to have a smoke before spraying. I was wearing flimsy cotton pants & a T-shirt that were already soaked with Kilz over-spray. I put on my respirator & hat and went back in.

I picked up the sprayer handle

but don't remember if I sprayed or not.

I think it was just a few seconds after that, that the apartment exploded. It was like nothing I've ever seen before and hope to never see again. There was suddenly this huge ball of fire that appeared out of nowhere. It seemed like big walls of fire came from behind me, and down from the ceiling and up from the floor and all around. In a split second I saw the empty space in front of me with no fire, become engulfed with fire.

I felt the temperature become increasingly warm. At first like being in a boiler room, then hotter than anything you could ever imagine. I don't think even hell could be as hot as that apartment was. It was really fucking scary! I found out later that all of the windows were blown out, the refrigerator was practically disintegrated & my glasses were gone. But that was the least of my problems, because I was on fire.

My whole body was literally burning

Not just my shirtsleeve or something

Remember that I was wearing baggy clothes that were already saturated with Kilz. I was kind of like a wick in a Molotov cocktail. I ran down the hallway & pushed open the apartment door. That's where I fell & rolled up against the neighbor's door.

For a split second I thought this is it Scott and that I was going to lay there and die.

Somehow I managed to get up and run outside. I kind of remember screaming " help, help me, I'm on fire" I was running down the sidewalk, I have no idea where I was going except that I wanted to go home and see Bambi one last time. I didn't make it that far. I made it across the street and collapsed. I was still burning alive. As I was running I had noticed this liquid running off my fingers, like water runs off your body when taking a shower. My first thought was where is all this water coming from? I got a deep sickening feeling in my gut when I realized it was my skin melting off & pouring down my fingertips.

That's when I knew this was serious

I was unaware that it was National night out and that people enjoying a block party had witnessed my run out the building and into the street. But to this day I thank the powers that be for Jim who happened to be out watering his shrubs as I ran screaming across the street. He tried to run over to where I had collapsed but his hose was 20 feet too short.

Jim yelled for me to get up and come to him so he could hose me off. Somehow I managed to get over to him & he started putting out the fire that I had become. I was in & out of consciousness. I remember feeling like I was freezing, I'd never felt so cold, it hurt worse than the fire. So I told Jim to stop & he did. Then as soon as the water would stop I'd feel the incredible heat of the burn and ask him to run the water again. That happened like 3 times before the ambulance arrived. Later I found out that if he hadn't stopped watering me when I asked that I could have died of hypothermia.

I remember asking, "where's the ambulance?"

It felt like forever

I found out later that the ambulance was on the scene within 5 minutes of the explosion, but at the time it seemed so much longer. After Jim had doused the fire I had gotten to my feet and was talking to people. Explaining that I was painting the apartment, wanting to apologize for starting a fire. I was complaining about the pain, which wasn't quite as bad as when I'd been on fire.

As it turns out, along with my skin melting off my nerve endings had also burned off. In a bad sort of way, that was a good thing because without nerve endings you don't feel the pain. My shirt had completely burned off and most of my pants were burned off. I later heard from eyewitnesses that it looked like I had a severe sunburn, that my skin was cracked & sliding off my arms, chest & back. I had a Skull tattoo on my upper right arm. When Jim visited me in the hospital a couple of months later he asked me why I had two of the exact same tattoos on the same arm, that's when I realized the tattoo had melted & slid down past my elbow.

Finally the ambulance arrived, Medic 10, it came down Ashland Avenue, but had to back up & go back around the block because fire trucks were in the way. The paramedics came up to me from behind, I remember the way they stepped back in horror as I turned around to face them. I walked with them to the gurney & climbed on myself. Oh man did that gurney feel comfy, so warm & cozy. I finally felt safe & at ease. Help had finally arrived. I was sure I was going to die, but at least it was going to be in a nice soft place.

They slid me into the ambulance. I remember seeing the 2 paramedics standing outside the ambulance. They looked like shadows. I couldn't see their faces or make out colors anymore just shadows. The doors seemed to shut in slow motion & echoed in my head as they clanged shut. Then everything went black.

Laughter really is the best medicine

"You can turn painful situations around through laughter...If you can find humor in something...you can survive it." -Bill Cosby

The long Road to Recovery

Scott was in the burn unit for 4 and 1/2 months

Scott's recovery was a long slow process, full of infection scares, uncontrollable bleeding, 14 surgeries and endless hours of therapy.

Once Scott was out of the induced coma, the serious work of getting well again began. His days in the burn center consisted of long hours of therapy and 3 hour long burn bathes every day.

Scott said that next to being actually on fire, the burn baths were the most painful part of burn injury recovery.

Scott had bandages covering most of his body, so half of the burn bath process consisted of removing all of the bandages and then after each bath, putting new ones on again.

During the bath itself the nurses scrub the entire body (not gently) to remove dead tissue, scabs & anything foreign that is stuck. They also would remove dozens of staples from grafting procedures during the baths.

Scott also had to relearn how to do everything in new ways because of the loss of his fingers.

Scott was bed-ridden for over a month from his burn injuries.

Scott was bed-ridden for over a month from his burn injuries.
Scott was bed-ridden for over a month from his burn injuries.

Scott had to re-learn how to be upright before he could re-learn how to walk.

Scott had to re-learn how to be upright before he could re-learn how to walk.
Scott had to re-learn how to be upright before he could re-learn how to walk.

Standing up for the first time after his burn injuries.

Standing up for the first time after his burn injuries.
Standing up for the first time after his burn injuries.

Baby Steps

Baby Steps
Baby Steps

Drop-foot

Drop-foot
Drop-foot

The daily burn bath

The daily burn bath
The daily burn bath

They made a special cuff to fit around Scott's hand to hold a spoon or toothbrush

They made a special cuff to fit around Scott's hand to hold a spoon or toothbrush
They made a special cuff to fit around Scott's hand to hold a spoon or toothbrush

Scott re-learns the things we all take for granted

Scott re-learns the things we all take for granted
Scott re-learns the things we all take for granted

Visitors help stave off boredom and homesickness for burn injury patients

Visitors help stave off boredom and homesickness for burn injury patients
Visitors help stave off boredom and homesickness for burn injury patients

The therapists devise all kinds of torture to help Scott recover

The therapists devise all kinds of torture to help Scott recover
The therapists devise all kinds of torture to help Scott recover

Scott hated the masks and pressure garments designed to reduce scarring after burn injuries.

Scott hated the masks and pressure garments designed to reduce scarring after burn injuries.
Scott hated the masks and pressure garments designed to reduce scarring after burn injuries.

A new torture every day

A new torture every day
A new torture every day

Scott was a very motivated to get home patient

Scott was a very motivated to get home patient
Scott was a very motivated to get home patient

No privacy allowed in the burn unit

No privacy allowed in the burn unit
No privacy allowed in the burn unit

The first thing Scott wrote was a love note to me

The first thing Scott wrote was a love note to me
The first thing Scott wrote was a love note to me

Trying to fix the drop-foot

Trying to fix the drop-foot
Trying to fix the drop-foot

Every day Scott better and stronger as his burn injuries healed

Every day Scott better and stronger as his burn injuries healed
Every day Scott better and stronger as his burn injuries healed

Without humor everything would drive you crazy

Without humor everything would drive you crazy
Without humor everything would drive you crazy

As Scott got better he was able to leave his room

As Scott got better he was able to leave his room
As Scott got better he was able to leave his room

On thanksgiving Scott was allowed to leave the hospital for a few hours

On thanksgiving Scott was allowed to leave the hospital for a few hours
On thanksgiving Scott was allowed to leave the hospital for a few hours

Burn Injuries Re-unites Brother & Sister

After a 7 year estrangment

During Scott's drinking years he burned a lot of bridges, and at the time of his accident he had barely spoken to his sister Joy for around 7 years.

Joy was one of those rare people who really step up to the plate when tragedy stikes. She waited with me in the hospital waiting room all those endless hours until the doctor came out.

Then she visited Scott almost every day he was in the hospital, always giving him positive encouragement to get better.

It really meant a lot to both of us that she was there for us during Scott's recovery.

Since Scott's accident, their relationship has grown stronger and now they're actually happy to see each other at family functions and holidays.

Christmas miracles

Scott comes home on December 23rd

Scott was in the burn unit for over 3 months before the doctors would upgrade him past a 10% chance for survival, because until a burn patient is completely grafted, an infection can kill them quickly.

Scott was upgraded to 50% chance of survival right before thanksgiving. On December 12th, they upgraded him to 98%...the doctor jokingly said he wasn't giving Scott better odds than he had himself.

On December 14th Scott was moved up to rehab on the 9th floor. Rehab wasn't a good fit for Scott and after 9 days of fighting hospital administration, I was able to bring Scott home.

Right before Scott was released we all got to meet Tony Gonzales, at a burn center christmas party, and tell him personally how his story gave us hope during our darkest hours.

Home at last

Recovery from burn injuries is a long slow process

Bringing Scott home was a challenge. He still required pretty much constant care. Before I could even bring him home I had to prove to the hospital that I could take care of all of his needs, including the nightly 3 hour burn bath.

Having a medical background really helped, sheer determination took care of the rest. Bringing Scott home was twice as much work as just helping him at the hospital, there I had nurses and other hospital personnel to help. At home it was just me and the boys.

I don't know what I would have done without my middle son Dustin, from day one, he was my rock to lean on. He took on all kinds of extra responsibilities at home and helped me in every way he could and then some. I guess this experience is part of the reason we have such a great relationship now.

After bringing Scott home, my days consisted of leaving work at 7:00am and rushing home to feed and dress Scott before taking him to the hospital by 9:00 am for therapy. Then going back home to sleep until 2:30 pm when I had to pick Scott up from therapy at 3:00pm.

Then bring him back home and make and feed him dinner before starting his nightly burn bath at 7:00 pm. By 10:00 pm his bath finally done, I would start getting ready to go back to work at 11:00pm.

We lived that schedule until July, when his therapy was finally cut back from daily to weekly. By August, one year after his accident, he was finally completely done with tharapy too.

A Brand New Life

You never really go back to how it was before the burn injuries.

The next year of our lives was a time of Scott learning to be more and more independent every day.

Being his caregiver for over a year had altered our relationship to the point where I was like an over-protective mom. He needed to learn how to do things for himself and I needed to learn how to let go and let him do it himself.

Through everything Scott always had a fantastically warped sense of humor. One day while I was upstairs, he managed to use his walker to get himself out to the garage where his shop is. When I finally went out there to see what he was doing, I found him pushing a piece of wood through the band saw.

When I asked what he thought he was doing, he shot back "well, It's not like I'm gonna accidentally cut off my fingers." After that I just let him do whatever he needed to do to get himself better.

Every day our lives became a new kind of normal

Every day our lives became a new kind of normal
Every day our lives became a new kind of normal

In 2004 we attended our first World Burn Conference for survivors of burn injuries

In 2004 we attended our first World Burn Conference for survivors of burn injuries
In 2004 we attended our first World Burn Conference for survivors of burn injuries

Scott proved to himself that he could still do woodworking without fingers

Scott proved to himself that he could still do woodworking without fingers
Scott proved to himself that he could still do woodworking without fingers

In 2005 we attended our 2nd World Burn Conference for survivors of burn injuries

In 2005 we attended our 2nd World Burn Conference for survivors of burn injuries
In 2005 we attended our 2nd World Burn Conference for survivors of burn injuries

Giving Back

The Survivors Offering Assistance and Support (SOAR) Program

Scott is now a volunteer with the SOAR program and goes back to Regions Burn Center to talk to and help other people dealing with burn injury and amputation.

Our lives are pretty mundane now. Scott can pretty much do everything he could do before his accident. He can tie his own shoes, wipe his own butt and has even resumed his summer canoe and camping trips.

Losing his fingers was definitely the biggest challenge his accident presented. He still complaines when it takes him longer to do things that the rest of us just take for granted.

He doesn't have sweat glands any more, so he over-heats easily, but other than that life is pretty darned good!

Resources - helpful links

The Phoenix Society and the American Burn Association are excellent resources for burn survivors and their families.

Caring bridge is an amazing site for anyone who has a loved one that is hospitalized. There wasn't anything like caring bridge out there when Scott was in the burn center...so I had to keep everyone updated by phone, e-mail and weekly newsletters I had to mail out.

Since Scott's accident I've used caringbridge for my brother when he had a heart attack and 2 different cousins who were in auto accidents. Caring bridge is a wonderful way to keep everyone informed about your loved ones medical condition.

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      Achim Thiemermann 8 years ago from Austin, Texas

      Dear Bambi and Scott - thank you from the bottom of my little SquidAngel heart for showing us what can be done on Squidoo. In turn, Squidoo is doing so much for us by providing a platform for this - the most inspiring lens I have ever seen.

      My gratefully loving thoughts go out to both of you, and I'll tack on 5*s and a hearty SquidAngel Blessing. I'm sure there'll me more of these coming your way... :-)

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      Margaret Schaut 8 years ago from Detroit

      All my love to all of you, and thanks chefkeem for pointing me in this direction! Is there a better example of the magnificence of the human spirit? I can't think of one! I'm very grateful for your example of love and loyalty, and astounding courage, and grace under pressure- I am forever changed. Thank you!

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      VBright 8 years ago

      What a heart-wrenching, yet inspiring story. I'll have to agree with my fellow Angle Squid, Chef Keem in saying that my thoughts go out to you as well and thank you for sharing your story. 5* and the most sincere Angel Blessing I've given to date.

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      Ayngel Overson 8 years ago from Crestone, Co

      It's about time Squidoo allowed us to give something more than just five stars, A special honorable mention. This is the most amazing story! You are a beautiful couple, and dammit... I'm crying again....

      Amazing

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Visited via twitter. Inspirational story for anyone dealing with trauma. Great courage and determination shown by all family members!

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      drifter0658 lm 8 years ago

      I really don't know what to say....I really am at a loss.......my sincerest and most heartfelt wishes......Thanks!

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      seedplanter 8 years ago

      Your story touched me deeply. I have a brother who worked for several years with burn patients in the burn baths, and says it was the hardest work he has ever done, because he had such compassion for them, and knew the pain they went through.

      May God bless you with a long life together. What a journey you've been on, and what an encouragement you can be to others. You've encouraged me with this lens. Thank you so much.

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      GrowWear 8 years ago

      Thank you for telling this story, Bambi and Scott. Thank you, chefkeem, for pointing out this lens. Bambi, you and your family are amazing -- what inspirations you all are! I so admire folks who fight so fiercely for a positive outcome. Love to you all.

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      Mihaela Vrban 8 years ago from Croatia

      First time since I joined Squidoo, I read something that made me cry... I'm only glad you all found strength to come this far. Wonderful lens Bambi!

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      Kathryn Grace 8 years ago from San Francisco

      Wow. This is an amazing story. John Wayne knew nothing about grit, compared to the four of you. Thank you for sharing your story. It is a lighthouse for anyone newly a-sea with unbearable suffering and tragedy.

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      draik 8 years ago

      You are amazing, Scott is amazing. I am glad that everything is all right for both of you now.

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      religions7 8 years ago

      wow. Touching story - and surely an encouragement to other people facing this.

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      luvmyludwig lm 8 years ago

      While reading this lens I have laughed and cried. You are both truly superheroes. What strength, what courage, what love---simply amazing!

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      Karicor 8 years ago

      Thank you for sharing this gift. ^:)^

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      Carol Fisher 8 years ago from Warminster, Wiltshire, UK

      It's an incredibly inspiring story of triumph over terrible suffering. I'm sure you are a beacon of hope to other burn victims. I hope your future is happy and safe.

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      Spook LM 8 years ago

      Quite simply, magnificent. Wishing you all the best always.

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      seth godin 8 years ago

      What a powerful story. Thanks for sharing it.

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      Joan4 8 years ago

      Thank you for writing this story! I read every word. You are both so courageous! And the giggle from me at the end of the story was the workshop humor! You are both heroes!

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      MargoPArrowsmith 8 years ago

      What an amazing lens. I just couldn't say enough, so I will just say "Thank You". ***** to you. Blessings to your whole family.

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      MargoPArrowsmith 8 years ago

      Oh, and this is going into Margo's Squidoo Library. I am giving it its own category. This way I know I will always be able to find it. And I do hope that this will reach many more people.

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      Laurel Johnson 8 years ago from Washington KS

      Excellent heart warming lens. I'm sorry Scott had to suffer so, but thrilled the story had a happy ending. Very well done! Five and fave for your effort.

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      TheInfamous7 8 years ago

      LOTD!...LOTD!!! This is wonderful on every concievable level of Squidooing!! My heart goes out to your brave and beautiful family! :-) An awe-inspiring story...thankyou so much for sharing x x

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      kab 8 years ago from Upstate, NY

      Amazing story!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 8 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      I am speechless. This was so well done. I hope that you both have much joy in the future because you have sure had your share of the suffering. Thank you for sharing.

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      tweety0126 8 years ago

      May God Bless You All for your courage and love for one other; for your faith in God that Scott would live and for his wonderful sense of humor. I believe peoples attitude will health issues is what brings them through. I'm so glad this story had a happy ending. Thanks for sharing; this will not doubt help others in similar situations. Oh, and I love the bird house; they could have their own little village in that house.

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      dc64 lm 8 years ago

      Chef Keem sent your lens link to me, and I'm glad he did. It is good to read how people triumph in the face of tragedy. So many people crumble and crawl under a rock, a blanket of anger, or an addiction. A high five to you both!

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      roysumit 8 years ago

      Tribute to your lens. Tribute to you for narrating it beautifully, sprinkled with all the ingradients to keep us glued to your lens and also special tribute to you for spreading the message of positive energy, determination, patience, courage to fight against all odds, laughing your way out through challenging situations and many others spoken throughout your lens. 5*****s and a big "Thank you'.

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      Frankie Kangas 8 years ago from California

      Bambi, thank you for sharing your incredible story. I cried through most of it. But several times your and Scott's sense of humor make me laugh while I wiped away tears and shook my head with admiration for your determination and grit. My best wishes and love go out to you and your amazing family.

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      Adrienne Jenkins 8 years ago

      Amazing story, well told.

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      sittonbull 8 years ago

      I left my daughter w/the twin grandson's for a moment to come downstairs and ck my mail- I couldn't stop reading your story and I am choked up as I write this trying to comprehend the challenge, the struggle, the pain, all you went through... but more than anything the great love that has undoubtedly bound you two together. That's what is so inspirational and beyond adequate description to me. I am left in awe of your determination and commitment and words don't fit beyond that! thank you for sharing your story! I echo ChefKeems kudos to Squidoo for providing the forum and thank you Michelle for tagging it to me! Angyel has it right, there should be something beyond five stars for this, but that, a fan, a favorite and my heartfelt congratulations is all I can extend to you for this magnificent lens!

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      Tony Payne 8 years ago from Southampton, UK

      Thanks for the story and a great lens. It's hard to open up like you did about a tragedy, but you did an excellent job, and I am so pleased for you both that things are working out ok.

      Your job in creating this lens and attending support groups will help others who have had to go through similar tragedies, which is a great thing to do.

      It is very inspiring. And although hard to swallow, it wouldn't have been the same without all the photos, they helped to bring the lens to life.

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      RuthCoffee 8 years ago

      What a triumph! I'm so happy for you and Scott that he has made such a complete recovery. This is a very touching and inspirational story. It's a fantastic lens that should go a long way in helping others.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      This is the most inspiring lens I have ever seen.You guys are amazing. Thank you so much for

      sharing .

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      This is the first I have heard about this Bambi .Scott you have been through it haven't you. I kind of know what you must have gone through having seen some of the burn patants in VeatNam as a result of napom bombs it was not a prity sight. I'm glad your doing well and I hope to meet you one day but till then keep on keeping on.

      Uncle Bryan from Florida

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      Sandy Mertens 8 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      Amazing story and very well told. I can't even image all that Scott had to endure. I;m glad your strength has pulled you through.

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      Dianne Loomos 8 years ago

      Thank God for Integra! Thanks for telling your inspiring story. You have come through so much but you are still standing!

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      SylvianeNuccio1 8 years ago

      That is an amazing story of hope.

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      Squidaddle 8 years ago

      You guys are incredible! Kudos to the whole family.

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      Shari O'Leary 8 years ago from Minnesota

      What an amazing story! You two have been to H*** and back! I have to admire both of you for your courage and perseverance.

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      KimGiancaterino 8 years ago

      What an amazing story... this needs to be LOTD! Thank you for sharing such intimate details of your life and courage as a family.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      what an amazing story, I really admire your determination and will! wish you all the best in future!

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      Trina Sonenberg 8 years ago from Nucla, Colorado

      First let me say that I am happy to hear that Scott survived. Also, your positive vibrations are responsible for that.

      Have you ever considered that your superstitions may have caused the accident to happen? You had been focusing on the robin, and the argument, and that was negative. Your negative vibrations may have manifested in the explosion, just as your positive vibrations manifested in Scott's recovery.

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      Bambi Watson 8 years ago

      To answer your question, NO, the accident was fate...the whole bird thing is more like a personal joke between Scott and I, and just a bizarre coincedence. We both believe that our obstacles in life are more like fates way of giving us lessons to learn from so we can grow and blossom as human beings. Our experiences are what make us the people we are today and our positive attitudes are what turn tragedies into opportunities to grow and be better and stronger people. [in reply to TrinaSonnenberg]

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      funride 8 years ago

      After I finished reading this lens I stayed still thinking about life and how important it´s to believe ourself and be confident and cheerful even when things look completely lost. Thanks for such inspiring example and for giving hope to everyone who have to go through something like that. Being alive it´s such a great feeling that no matter our handicap we have to be thankful and enjoy all the good things that surround us... Take care.

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      thepartyanimal2 8 years ago

      Truly inspiring and touching. I have also gone through a scary ordeal with my husbands health over the past 2 years and it really woke us up. We also believe that laughter will get you through or will at least help. Thanks for sharing your story - it has really touched me. Keep staying strong and love every moment you share.

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      sulynsi 8 years ago

      Wow. Quite a story. Intensely personal and intimate. Thank you for sharing.

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      Marijoyce 8 years ago

      I agree, truly a miracle all the way around. And you helped things a great deal by getting rid of that first silly negative nurse and insisting on only positive energy from there on out. Good for you! Great lens.

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      clouda9 lm 8 years ago

      You, Scott, your family and your medical team are an inspiration to us all! Your message shouts love and commitment. Thank you for your honesty and letting me be a part of this fabulous story. Hugs to all!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      It was nice to meet you both yesterday. Godspeed.

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      ElizabethJeanAl 8 years ago

      What an amazing story. It is an inspiration to all of us that grumble and complain about the little things.

      God be with you.

      Lizzy

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      Jami_M_Lynn 8 years ago

      Bambi - my heartfelt congratulations to you, Scott and your entire family for finding the strength, determination and humor required to move forward through this tragedy. You are all remarkable people and it was inspiring to read the message of Scott's recovery. It's ridiculous anyone would think that you "caused" the accident by being "negative" - if that's all it took, explosions would be going off all around us on a daily basis!

      I would wish you luck, but it sounds as if you and your family have made your own luck, so I'll just end with my best wishes for you all.

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      jenn_halls 8 years ago

      Thanks for sharing such a personal story. I love that you encourage the use of humor to heal. It can be hard to find at times, but by showing you can do it under such extreme circumstances is inspiring. Thank you!

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      Brian Stephens 8 years ago from France

      I have lens rolled this with a couple of my charity lens and added it to my Delicious bookmarks. 5*'s from me. Sometimes mundane is good, especially given what you have been through.

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      SaraMu LM 8 years ago

      What an amazing story. Thank you for sharing it.

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      AlisonMeacham 8 years ago

      Amazing. One of the most touching and personal stories I have seen in a long time on Squidoo. Squid Angel Blessings to you.

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      birdieputt 8 years ago

      A blurb does not begin to do justice to your story. Oh God, bless you, Scott and your family.

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      julcal 8 years ago

      Incredible story. I was on the edge of my seat, adrenaline rushing through my body, on the edge of tears, and finally, full of tears. God DID bless you!

      thank you so much for this lens. 5*, favorite, twitter and facebook, what else can I do for you guys?

      Julie

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      shevans lm 8 years ago

      This is a beautifully touching and heartfelt lens, illustrating tragedy and love. Thank you for sharing this story.

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      Braiden LM 8 years ago

      Bambi, this story is so personal.

      Indeed beautiful.

      On the verge of tears I pressed on to have the pleasure of reading one of the most inspirational stories...

      Thankyou for such simple pure eloquence.

      Well wishes and the best thoughts always

      xx

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Thank you Bambi and Scott for sharing what is a truly amazing and inspirational story. After 10 years in the fire service I have seen many times what your family has had to endure. I hope your story of courage and endurance is one that others can learn from.

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      rayray13 8 years ago

      Scott is an inspiration to all of us. Many people give up over petty things.

      Thank you for sharing his story.

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      LouiseKirkpatrick 8 years ago from Berkshire, United Kingdom

      The way you, Scott and your boys have coped with this experience is incredible...and humbling.

      It certainly puts all my aches, pains, moans and groans into persepective :)

      You're all amazing and thank you for sharing this - it'll give hope and comfort to many people.

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      Bobi2009 8 years ago

      This was truly a compelling and intense story. I am very happy that all of you were able to cope with all the daily ups and downs of recovery that goes on with a major tragedy. You are truly a source of inspiration to all who read this story.

      I wish you and yours many years of ongoing happiness and love.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I came back to visit this lens again for encouragement and inspiration. This is truly a remarkable story. Never give up! - May your family and love always grow together.

      This touches the heart of every reader because it comes from the heart. - We are facing great odds in Fargo right right now, but we are not going to give up even though Homeland Security wants us all to evacuate. - We will stay and fight a good fight of faith. - thank you so much for making this lens! :) - God Bless!

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      BusyQueen 8 years ago

      Miracles do happen, wishing you both great things!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      This left me speachless!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Your squidoos amazing! i am glad to see you around. I am about to work on all my lenses and create some real good ones :) do check it out....cheers!

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      lens4Him 8 years ago

      I hardly know what to say......what an inspirational story for us all

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      GreenEcoBean 8 years ago

      This story brought tears to my eyes. It truly does bring hope to a lot of situations...very inspiring!

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      deldel lm 8 years ago

      The man in the picture at the top, im pretty sure ive seen him :D But good article

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      Mihaela Vrban 8 years ago from Croatia

      Now that I got my flying devices, had to come back here once more and give this extraordinary lens a thumbs up! Blessings to you and your husband, my dear!

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      Deb Kingsbury 8 years ago from Flagstaff, Arizona

      Wow, amazing story, amazing lens. Thank you so much for sharing this.

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      Joan4 8 years ago

      Just to let you know this lens is now featured on AA on Squidoo - Lessons of Recovery - focusing on lensmasters who have recovered -- from all kinds of challenges! Your lens is one of my favorites on Squidoo! Great love story and great recovery story! You two are special!

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      Janusz LM 8 years ago

      Blessed by a Squid Angel :) a remarkable Lens!!. I spent so much time here I fell like I know you both.. Thanks for sharing your experience, you are both very special people.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      You think you have problems until you hear of others and sould feel guilty becourse yours is in fact soooo small comparing. Bambie God Bless You as no one can imagine what you and your family must have gone through. Scott, admiration for you, is all I can say ( for both of you) and always remember things happen for a reason to make space for greater things to happen. Best wishes.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Thank you for documenting this period of you lives for all to share and learn from. Often, it's when tragedy strikes that we truly learn about the indomitable spirit that lives within us. It's also a lesson to us to value EVERY precious second of our lives. More so when our loved ones' journey through life is so intertwined with ours.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Incredible

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      JenOfChicago LM 8 years ago

      What an amazing story - thank you for sharing it.

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      Nochipra 8 years ago

      Wow! Incredible story! My boyfriend's grandfather was killed when his house caught on fire but he suffered in the hospital before it took his life. I'm so glad your story turned out differently. Thanks for sharing.

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      Snozzle 8 years ago

      A remarkable lens and how true that 'Life is a near death experience.' It sort of gets life in perspective.

      Mike.

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      yunsongchen 8 years ago

      Oh,I teared. So staunch you are!

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      Kiwisoutback 8 years ago from Massachusetts

      This is incredible! I actually had to read it in two parts because I didn't want to miss a single part. It makes everything else that you have going on in your life seem pretty tiny. Thank you for sharing this amazing story, Squid Angel blessed!

      PS - this is one of the best Squidoo lenses I've ever seen!

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      NC Shepherd 8 years ago

      I can't even imagine what an ordeal it all was. Amazing recovery. Thanks for sharing and best wishes to you both.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      This is so beautiful and filled with love and hope Bambi. What a testament to faith, hope, positive thinking/acting, and love! I wish I could bless it, but I'm not an angel!

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      hlkljgk 8 years ago from Western Mass

      what an amazing story. thanks for sharing.

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      Lorelei Cohen 8 years ago from Canada

      That is an amazing story Bambi..........now I am sitting here having a little cry.

      The very best to you and your family

      Ladymermaid

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      gardenlady 8 years ago

      Thank you for sharing your amazing story. My exhusband's nephew has been in the burn center in Atlanta since Thanksgiving day. He is expected to make a full recovery, but he too was put in a coma for over a month. His first baby was born this last month.

      I'm glad to see that the angels have blessed you, and Scott must have had his own angel there with him as well. I have never had anything tragic happen in my family, so I have nothing to compare what this must have been like. But I also believe that you draw to you what you dwell on or believe - whether positive or negative, so I'm sure that your positive energy had something to do with his beating those odds. Maybe you were his angel. I'm so glad all is well for you guys today, and that Scott has an opportunity to offer positive support for other burn patients. May the angels continue to bless you both.

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      Ellen Brundige 8 years ago from California

      Wow. I knew about this lens but I am afraid I had put off reading it because I have such a fear of being burned -- i really am a scaredy cat, aren't I? -- because of a 2nd degree burn I got in college putting out a kitchen fire at a friend's house. From that tiny, tiny incident I have some inkling (and yet really can't) of just how unbelievable this was. My heart goes ot to Scott -- an imperfect and so real person! -- for having to suffer pain none of us can imagine. Yet how incredible that he made it, in no small part because of a strong wife who knew what to do better than most people in a dire medical situation. I salute you both.

      And now I'm gonna go be a wuss and put more drops in my bad eye. Kinda puts a ravaged cornea in perspective-- though I still hurt!

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      teamlane 8 years ago

      Wow! What a lens! Thanks for sharing your story and I will be passing this on.

      Blessed by a SquidAngel today!

      www.squidoo.com/squid-angel

      ~ Colleen :o)

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      Heather Burns 8 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

      wow! is all I know to say. Courageous story. 5* lens. thanks for sharing.

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      EasternVoice 8 years ago

      Wow - for Scott's courage! Inspiring! Reading this, I feel embarrassed complaining about the minor challenges inflicting my life, as if there's no tomorrow. This lens remind me there's a way forward...

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      Igeso 8 years ago

      Amazing story! 5*

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      Mary 8 years ago from Chicago area

      Incredible, amazing, inspiring, WOW! 5**** aren't nearly enough

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      LostScribe 8 years ago

      Wow, thank you for sharing your beautiful story!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      What a story! Thank you for sharing the entire process, that´s something most people usually skip over, which really doesn´t help those who are facing it for themselves.

      When I was a child, one of my friends was playing with gasoline and burnt his face and arms very badly. At the time, I didn´t understand what was going on with him and we moved away shortly after, so I never saw him again, but this gives me a whole new appreciation for what he and his family had to go through.

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      CleanerLife 8 years ago

      Wow! That is a real moving story. I feel like I've just watched an incredible movie, the story just sucked me in.

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      tdove 8 years ago

      Reading your story really moved me and I hope Scott is doing well and send my best wishes to you all. Thanks for checking out my foot tattoo lens.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Incredible story. Thanks for sharing. The power of positive energy is amazing. This is the best lens that I have read.

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      Cheryl Kohan 8 years ago from Minnesota

      I am so proud of you for writing this story. It couldn't have been easy although it was probably therapeutic. I am proud of Scott, too. What a guy...I loved the bit about his comments when you found him in the garage with the saw! All the very best to you and your family. I'm so glad you're a part of Squidoo.

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      moskit 8 years ago

      Hi,

      What a truly amazing story of courage.

      I wont be so quick to complain about my life anymore!

      Andy

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Such an inspiring story.. My husband and I can truly say, we know what you went through. We were in a flash fire from a propane leak. Though it was not half as bad. It was hell. I truly envy your courage.

      Awesome.

      Thank youso much for sharing your story to help encourage others that even though life can make speed bumps and curves. You can always find Hope and make it though it...

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      What an inspiration. My 4 year old got 2nd and 3rd degree burns on her fingers and thigh. She was taken to our local burn center. She needed the skin grafts on her leg. I know the pain she went thru, and the graft was only on her thigh. Even though her burn does not in anyway compare to yours it was a real scare. It makes you thankful for what you have. I think that it is amazing that you share your story. God Bless you and your family!

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      KimGiancaterino 8 years ago

      Re-blessing this lens...

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      Holley Web 8 years ago

      Bambi, I couldn't stop reading. I'm awe of what you went through and were able to handle. What an inspiration you are to us all!

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      ctavias0ffering1 8 years ago

      What an amazing story and what an inspiration to others 5* and a sprinkling of Angel Dust

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      What an amazing story. What incredible people.

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      Eklectik1 8 years ago

      Thank you for sharing.

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      yelixref2 8 years ago

      It's a good lens and informative.

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      Tarra99 8 years ago

      ...I had to come over here from lens #50 to get the whole story...incredible...courageous...amazing...inspiring story! 5*

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      USAmadeGirl 8 years ago

      What a blessing your story is. Thank God for the miracles!

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      Laniann 8 years ago

      I read your other lens about Scott also. It is such an amazing and moving story. I believe you and the boys saved Scott through your positive energy and action. It was good that you heard how that nurse really felt and had him replaced. You are a very wise and strong person. 5*s

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      DougP LM 8 years ago

      That was both one of the worst and one of the best things that I've ever read.

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      gia combs-ramirez 8 years ago from Montana

      Words fail me...it's not just this story but the courage and love you show when telling the story. When I get down about some piddly thing in my life, I will remember your story and buck up.

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      grannysage 8 years ago

      Your story is an inspiration to me, particularly the part about maintaining a positive attitude when the whole world seemed to be telling you to give up. I learned a lot from reading this and am visualizing only the brightest blessings in your life from now on.

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      Carol Goss 8 years ago

      WOW!!! That made me cry. I'm glad he is doing well now though :)

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      Tiddledeewinks LM 7 years ago

      What an inspiration to others facing adversity! It pays to be a b**** sometimes.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Love will always find a way! You're right this is exhausting to read as so many emotions are evoked as you bring us through your experience. You folks are quite the inspiration--the hard times do make us strong and sweeten us a bit. I'm not a member (Tipi's sister), so can just visit and appreciate you.

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      Treasures By Brenda 7 years ago from Canada

      Bambi, what an amazing story of courage.

      You and your husband have done a great job of sharing it.

      Blessed.

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      Linda Jo Martin 7 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

      Awesome lens... thanks so much for sharing this story in such detail. You two deserve the best in life. I loved your positive thinking and your insistence that negative thinking must go.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      My sister Shelly emailed me to tell me how much she enjoyed your spirits and determination. I have this lens featured on a lens of mine and she followed it over here. Thought I would stop by again just to say hi! - Hope you have a great summer with your family Bambi! --- Bless you!

      Susie

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      WindyWintersHubs 7 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      Hello Bambi! What an amazing personal journey of tragedy & healing. There can be no better words of encouragement than "Being Positive" through thick & thin. Thank you for sharing your amazing story! :)

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      CoolFoto 7 years ago

      What a fantastic inspirational story! Makes everything I've gone thru look like a walk in the park. You were wise to prevent negative talking at the hospital while Scott was in the coma. I believe people can still hear even though they are in coma. This should be lens of the day!

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      rosariomonteneg1 7 years ago

      Holy Mother! What a story! You guys are heroes, you two and the kids. I'm speechless. Did you write a book about this already? Thank you for just being in this world, you are healing the world with your courage. Keep on going! Love, r

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Your story moved me beyond words! I salute you all for your faith and wish you the best!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      amazing story, congratulations on your recovery.

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      Jan T Urquhart Baillie 7 years ago from Australia

      Bambi, it was uplifting and powerful to read of your courage, Scott's fearless determination, the love of your boys for their Dad, and the triumph that has come to all of you.

      May God keep you in the palm of His hand.

      Thank you for telling us your story.

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      Julianne Gentile 7 years ago from Cleveland, Ohio, US

      This is the first time I've read your story. It's amazing and such a wonderful story of courage and love. Thanks for sharing this.

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      Kate Loving Shenk 7 years ago from Lancaster PA

      An epic journey, and you two are so brave.

      Thank you so much for your story.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      wow....I entered "how to make hot sauce with dried habaneros" into a google search, found your collection of lenses, and found myself completely immersed in your story. I actually work as a CNA in a pediatric burn unit, and found this incredibly insightful as to what the families I see daily are going though. Sometimes, as an employee in such an area of healthcare, it is easy to lose sight of the family with all there is to do with the patient, not to mention all of the psychological reformatting we must do in our minds in order to make the treatments and baths possible. It is so easy to become detached from the situation, and many people in this area of medicine will tell you it is necessary. Regardless, your lens was truly something inspiring and insightful to stumble upon when looking to make an after dinner snack :-)...you guys hang in there...and continue to enjoy your lives together.

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      casablancajen 7 years ago

      What a horrific but inspirational story. I'm completely in awe of how strong you both are.

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      WhitU4ever 7 years ago

      What a moving story. I remember being in a similar, but not as tough, situation myself, when my ex husband was in the hospital undergoing chemo and radiation. Even though I wasn't working, my children were very little, so I understand what it's like to be on survival mode and just keep going and doing what you have to do because you're needed. I'm sure that things are much better now. You and your family are incredible. I admire your determination, positive attitude, humor, and resilience. Scott, congratulations for surviving such a horrific accident, for learning to be independent all over again (even without fingers and sweat glands) and it's wonderful that you have made lifetime friends and purpose in helping at the burn center. Your courage, your story, your spunk, and your life is inspiring. I am amazed at how tragedy is turned into triumph... over and over again.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      WOW!!! I read your story after seeing a bird fly into my house window, but our bird didn't die. I sure hope our family stays safe. Sorry your family went through this!

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      Sue Dixon 7 years ago from Grasmere, Cumbria, UK

      What an amazing story- such courage by you and your husband.

      Good luck with your futures.

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      cconiam 7 years ago

      wow, what a horrible thing to have gone through. I'm so glad that you made it, an experience like this could have ended far worse. Godspeed

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      What faith and courage you both possess. I am so happy to hear your story has a happy ending and you all survived those amazing odds. God Bless You Both and your incredible family.

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      Kathy McGraw 7 years ago from California

      Wow.....you did an excellent job recounting this.....it is amazing that in a flash all we know can be gone, and all we love with it. All the best to both you and Scott,

      , and thanks for being the kind of people that "give back" :)

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      blue22d 7 years ago

      This is an amazing story of love, dedication, courage. I pray you both are continually blessed and I sincerely thank you for sharing that part of your lives with us. ***** and favors.

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      Clairwil LM 7 years ago

      Amazing story and exceptionally well written - have you thought of doing something bigger with this like a book? Great lens ***** Best of luck to both of you in the future.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Amazing and incredible story of hope and survival. I, too, was doing a google search and came across this and became totally engrossed. Well written, thank you for sharing and God bless you and your loving family.

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      DoozieMom LM 7 years ago

      Bambi, I am so proud of you and your family for having the determination to not give up, or give in. Caring for anyone with a serious medical condition takes immense dedication, selflessness and love. For your husband, kudos for allowing others to care for you, and setting aside pride in order to make the journey to independence! And your kids.. wow, isn't it amazing how they will step up to the plate when they become the "man of the family" during a crisis!

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      DAnnieB LM 7 years ago

      What an awesome and inspiring story.. thank you Bambi and Scott for sharing such a personal story...

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      puterfreak 7 years ago

      This is one of the most inspiring lenses I have read since becoming a member. I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to read about your family's story. Your strength inspires me.

      Your writing is top notch. I was locked into every word. Just when I had a question, your next section answered it, the Whys and the Hows. You are an amazing writer.

      Kudos! Rated 5 Stars!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Pretty amazing story to have taken the time to share. Much appreciated.

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      dannystaple 7 years ago

      Wow - what a story - deeply inspirational. To have been in and out of the unthinkable like that, and come out of it so positively and still building things is an awesome thing indeed.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      top respect

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Very intensive and complete reading. Congratulations and wonderful support and courage to continue! I applaud your whole family. The wonderful thing about such extreme things is, we do learn how incredible we can all be in such times of need. Thankfully you still are a complete family to appreciate that challenge you overcame.

      God bless and keep you.

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      OnlyFunStuff LM 7 years ago

      What an inspiring story, thanks for writing it down, I am sure it will be a help to others facing challenging situations.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I am speechless. What an amazing accounting of courage and unconditional love. With love, Darcie

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      David Schroeter 7 years ago from St Kilda, Victoria, Australia

      Thank you for sharing this deeply moving family story. Of course, 5 *s Stumbled, Twittered etc...

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      Spook LM 7 years ago

      I've come back Bambi for another look at one of the best lenses I have ever read on Squidoo. Kudu's to you and yours kid. You're such a star.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      hello sir i know your pain, i was burned on over 95% over third degree on march 3,2006. i was in nacogdoches tx on an oil rig when she blew and caught fire it was 2600 degrees for over ten seconds. sir i commend you and your family, i would love to come to a world burn event i think i would love it....well keep it going

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      A huge inspiration to someone who was burned far less severely. Scott's example teaches me that we just have to keep moving forward. Thank you for putting this up and sharing. I wish your family the best.

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      Lisa-Marie-Mary 7 years ago

      Totally awesome lens - I just sat here and read the whole thing - what an amazing story and an amazing, persevering family you guys are! Thank you so much for taking the time to share the whole story with us!!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      thank you for sharing your truly inspirational story of courage, unconditional love, and family. It is through our trails that we find out what we are made of. I am so proud of all of you. Stay strong and my the lord continue to bless and protect your family. I give your lens 5 stars.

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      Spook LM 7 years ago

      Just dropping by for one reason and one reason only. Here is the best of Squidoo, a unique story which has all the elements I admire. Love and honour and courage. Blessed by an Angel.

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      Holley Web 7 years ago

      Had to step back in here and say ~Blessed by a Squid Angel ~ I wish I had been able to do this when I first read it.

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      drifter0658 lm 7 years ago

      The first time I read this lens I sat here and really had no comment. I was deeply moved. I still am, and I still can't form the words that would do this the justice it deserves. I can't write how I actually feel about this, months after reading it the first time.

      Can you smell the smoke of a burn out blessing?

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      Ayngel Overson 7 years ago from Crestone, Co

      So, I can't bless this lens properly but I decided it needed a blessing one way or the other. I had long planned to start a blog highlighting survivor stories on Squidoo, and I always knew your story would be the first I shared. Well... it is finally up and with the article comes as many blessings as I can possibly send.

      http://squidoosurvivors.crabbysbeach.com/blogs/200...

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      LaurieBeth33 7 years ago

      What an incredibly inspirational story. You guys are amazing...I can't imagine going through something like that. I adore your relationship, too. I love this:

      "We had known and hated each other for years

      before we actually realized we were perfect for each other."

      Real love always reads like poetry, doesn't it? <3 5*

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      vanidiana24 7 years ago

      Love your story a lot, never give up to both of you!

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      BW Duerr 7 years ago from Henrietta, New York

      Thank you, Bambi and Scott, for sharing this very personal and inspirational story with us all. I've picked this as My Hero lens as you and your family are heroes in every sense of the word. 5 stars, twittered and stumbled.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Wonderful story about survivors. I love the quote from Bill Cosby about laughter too!

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      jgelien 7 years ago

      There are no words. I am in awe.

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      stacy mcdaniel 7 years ago

      What an awesome story. One of the best lenses I have ever read. 5* & Fav.

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      Patricia 7 years ago

      I have already read this story which touched my heart but I wanted to come by and give it a blessing!

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      Joan Hall 7 years ago from Los Angeles

      Wow, that was difficult to read. I had to take breaks to calm myself. Thank you (and Scott!) so much for sharing.

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      Michey LM 7 years ago

      You have a well deserved purple star for this lens. I want you to know that I admire:

      1. Your determination to help and keep the family together

      2. Your dedication to make it happen

      3. Your sacrifices and

      4. Your deep love

      Those are unique characteristics which make you a unique person, I really admire you.

      Happy Thanksgiving, you are an example to follow, I am glad you have the strength to write this lens

      With Love and blessings

      Michey

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      Cynthia Arre 7 years ago from Quezon City

      This very heartwarming story brought me to tears. I salute you for standing by your husband despite the early troubles in your marriage. God has certainly rewarded you for it. (:

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      jbauer0318 7 years ago

      Thank you for sharing your story. As an ex-firefighter I have seen what Scott went through many times. I have never seen anything more painful and tortureous. I was not burned that badly but i know the pain as well. I also know about sever life changing events, I am no longer a firefighter because of my heart. If it wasn't for my wife being by me in my times of need I could not have made it to where I am today.

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      Tonya Mickelson 7 years ago

      Thanks for sharing this very touching story. Keep on smiling!

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      pkmcr 7 years ago from Cheshire UK

      There are no words. You are a truly awesome person Bambi! Humbly blessed by a Squid Angel

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      god bless i know what you went threw i am going threw it right now thank you for the links to help sites.

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      Kapalbility 7 years ago

      Wow. This beautiful lens made me appreciate more the things I take for granted. I am lost for words. Just wow.

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      MediaMogul1 7 years ago

      This story really is a testament to what is possible through faith and determination. In 1988, my uncle and two of his sons died in a house fire and my aunt died about a month later from the burns she received. One of their children survived, taken from the home by my aunt's niece before the smoke got too thick. Losing their only son, who was also their youngest, and two of their grandchildren nearly destroyed my grandparents, but the same things that helped you and your husband and your family persevere, saved them. Thanks for sharing such and intensely personal story. It really is inspiring.

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      The-Bard 7 years ago

      I always knew there was something special about you. I had not seen this lens before, and it was your Hubpage bio which got me here. Why I'd not seen it on Squidoo I do not know. I'm such a selfish and self-opinionated person that I sometimes lose a grasp of other peoples remarkable experiences. To view this on the first day of a new decade fills me with respect and admiration. I am extremely proud to know you. I'm also proud that without ever seeing this lens before, I saw something in someone that was unique. Some people come across with delusions of self-importance on the Squidu forums - with their petty statements and pedantic expressions...their desire to be smarter, cleverer, with officious and misguided comments and sentiments laced with hypocracy. You put them all to shame and all should read this.

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      Samantha Devereux 7 years ago from Columbia Mo

      What a very touching & personal story...

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      bearsworth8 7 years ago

      After I read this, I saw groovy finds comment. He basically took the words out of my mouth. Thank you for sharing, you belong here for a reason.

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      norma-holt 7 years ago

      What an amazing journey and inspiration to others. Steve is a wonderful man by the sound of things and putting up with what he had to do to recover and what you and the family went through to help him is an astounding insight into the depth of endurance humans are capable of. Your positive attitude and spiritual insight into what must be done is a blessing. Top marks and thanks for sharing this incredible story.

      Norma :)

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      MarcBlackMedia LM 7 years ago

      What an inspirational story. Doubt I could ever be nearly as tough as Scott. Shows how important family is...

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Well, I came on your page to thank you for being the first to comment on mine... But I also would like to thank you for sharing this amazing story with the world.

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      Leanne Chesser 7 years ago

      Bambi, I've read this several times and each time, it's as incredible as the first. Blessed by an angel.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      All I can say is, "Wow." He sure has determination. I can't imagine how tough this was for every one of you, Mystic Mumma. (I hope you don't mind me calling you that). This is one oif the most Horrific Stories I have ever heard. Scotts determination is incredible. And I love the Positive Energy Situation helped him and you all a lot. Its such a beautiful idea. It's so incredible what science has done for us, what with the artificial skin and Burn Bath. I don't actually know what a burn bath is, I imagine it could be heated liquids to nourish and allow the skin to heal. I want to go look it up now. What an incredible story of survival. I wish you both all the best for the future.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I chance upon your story when searching for tattoos on burn skin, what you have gone through is similar to mine. I am from Singapore and was involved in an industrial accident where i sustained 79% 3rd degree burns. I want to salute you on your difficult and painful path to recovery. God bless you and your family.

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      Virginia Allain 7 years ago from Central Florida

      What an incredible achievement, recovering from such an incident!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I am a student nurse and stumbled upon this site while looking for burn pictures. I was quickly captivated by your story and could not stop reading. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for posting this amazing story of struggles and triumphs. We often take for granted the most simple details of our life and I am grateful for hearing your story because it has brought awareness to my life and has made me feel fortunate and blessed. I am so happy that you and your husband have come out of this so strong! You are a true inspiration to us all!! -God Bless

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      jmorgan17 lm 7 years ago

      This story is something everyone needs to read. What an inspiration you both are. Your positive energy campaign is superbly outstanding. The nurse with the callous remarks should have been fired in my opinion or changed careers. Your story Bambi and Scott is truly a magnificent heartfelt one I find so inspiring about love, compassion and the strength that changes peoples lives and brings people closer together. Thank you so much for sharing the journey.

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      Jennifer P Tanabe 7 years ago from Red Hook, NY

      Wow, Bambi I didn't read this lens before although I knew that you had written about your husband's burn injuries. Amazing! Thank you so much for sharing. Hearing such stories of people's real experiences and triumphs makes us all stronger and hopefully better people.

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      Jennifer Einstein 7 years ago from New York City

      You are amazing. That's all I can say. I don't know anyone with any burn injuries, but I imagine that this lens would be a comfort to him or her. Getting back to mundane is excellent.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Thank you for posting your story my brother in law was just in a an accident where he was burned quite badly. your story is an inspiration

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      mellancaster 7 years ago

      :I wish you and your family all the best in future years. You have been through so much and your story is gut-wrenching. I can't imagine how you managed, I really don't. Your family is incredibly brave. keep well

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      wow is all i can say! This gives us great hope in the recovery of my brother in law! He is 70% covered in 3rd degree burns recently in a home renovation accident. only 5 days in the hospital and he is still under critical condition. My sister is a rock! I don't know how she does it as they have 4 children under the age of 9 and 1 on the way! I truelly hope he survives this tragedy.

      Your story gives me a bigger belief in miracles!

      s.lester@telus.net

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      what an incredible story of determination and survival. i truly wish your family all the best. thank you for sharing, giving others something to think about - not taking life for granted...

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Thank you for sharing your story .Best of luck too you and your family .

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      DeboraR 7 years ago

      Such an incredible story! I guess I got caught up in the story and didn't notice how long it was. I rejoice over happy endings. Sure does make a person appreciate every little thing in life. I admire your families devotion and diligence. Working together and keeping it together as a family.

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      Carmel Aaron 7 years ago

      I am so sorry Scott and your entire family went through this ordeal, but, so happy you

      survived it.

      Fantastic lens on what it takes to survive such a tragedy.

      Are you somehow stronger for it? You sound like you are.

      Thank you for sharing what you went through.

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      kimmie1967 7 years ago

      What an amazing story of love and survival!

      Thank you for sharing this story with us.

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      eclecticeducati1 7 years ago

      Wow! It's hard to imagine that the human body can go through so much and survive. Your husband must be an awfully strong person. Blessed by an Angel.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Wow! Thanks for sharing your story! Reminds me why I went into nursing. Congratulations!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Thanks for the hope. My brother has had almost three months since his burn accident (3rd degree over 70% of his body) and is still in the hospital. Good to see life at the other end.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Wow I am so amazed and your family is to be admired by all. Here other people are complaining about the simple things and being lazy and "praying" for insignificant things. God bless you.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Wow I am so amazed and your family is to be admired by all. Here other people are complaining about the simple things and being lazy and "praying" for insignificant things. God bless you.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Dear Scott, Bambi, Dustin, Joy...

      Surviving devastation on this scale is a team effort isn't it. Scott, you sure are one spunky, impossible-to-keep-down dude. That you'd be trying out your band saw while you still needed a walker to even get to it, then come up with the rationale that you weren't at risk of losing your fingers... creates a vivid picture of your spirit. You are one lucky guy to have a dynamo, committed wife like Bambi, and Dustin for a son. I speak from experience, being burnt 86% 3rd degree 6 years ago and watching my devoted husband struggle. We had lots of help, but by the end of my 6 months in hospital my husband was already burnt out and i began seeing him shut down. I also lost all my digits in one hand. The other hand took years of therapy to render it useful. It's really interesting reading your story Scott, comparing notes. Being still on the mend (it's possible that differences in our treatment created different outcomes for us) and prone to exhaustion, I would love to speak with you to compare notes in the hope of learning from you. Life is good, have come a very long way, and learnt helleva lot but It's a lonely ride this one, and it would be wonderful to fast forward a bit if I can. Let me know if you wouldn't mind me calling you, or vice versa, of if you'd prefer emailed communication if at all. My email is gekcho@gmail.com. if i can find an email address for you here, i'll semail my ph number. Great reading about your recovery and the pictures that say so much, and how great you look in the post-battle ones. Victory. With love - maria

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      What an amazing AMAZING man, and family!

      I came across this by mistake, but I am so glad I have. I feel just by reading I value life more. Your story is inspiring, but I'm still very sorry this ever had to happen to you.

      God Bless you and your family.

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      Heather Burns 7 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

      Came back to read this inspiring burn survivor story again. (Powerful is the captcha!)Powerful, I think that says it!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Amazing!! It's people like Scott that give me faith in humanity. This whole story was so powerful. =]

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      babylovetees 7 years ago

      I just found your lens and wow, what an inspiring story! I pray for continued healing for Scott and great things to come for your whole family!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      stumbled across this looking for info on tattooing over burn scars. Didn't expect to find a full background story. Glad to see survivors out there. Happy to see loving, supportive families too! I am a burn survivor as well and it is a life altering experience to say the least. Be proud that you have survived all that life has thrown at you and embrace the positive things in your life. Take Care.

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      The-Java-Gal 7 years ago

      Thank you for sharing your powerful experience of survival. I truly believe your focus on nothing but positives in Scott's room from the beginning added a good 50% to Scott's recovery, and also for keeping your family strong in a very difficult time. Many good lessons here for everyone that reads your family's story of survival.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Bambi, you are truly an incredible woman (and that's an understatement) to do everything you did for your husband and family. Kudos to Scott for his determination and strength. I happened by your article while searching for ways to get rid of/tattoo over burn scars. When I was two I was severely burned on my left shoulder and arm as well as the lower underside of my left cheek/neck from boiling hot water. At 23 years old and having lived with it most my life, after reading your story, I realize that things could have been so much worse. SUch an inspirational storu I truly I hope everything goes well for all of you in the future. Best Wishes

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      tcinvestor 6 years ago

      WOW. I'm speechless.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Bambi I finally read this, and you really grew into a wonderful amazing woman. I am so glad you two were able to grow together as one. That is real love.

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      Rhonda Albom 6 years ago from New Zealand

      I returned for another read of your amazing, powerful and inspiring story, and am once again speechless.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I am a Safety Supervisor in the Oil and Gas Industry and OSHA had made it mandatory that FRC clothing be implemented in assistance with flash fires. I wanted to read some literature on flash fire injuries/FRC clothing and wasn't expecting to read a story like this. I don't know if FRC clothing would have assisted Scott as much as I am hoping it can with my employees, considering the magnitude of his accident. I am going to share this story with my colleagues because they have contested it so much. The image I had of your clothing burning into your body has made it imperative that they see the effects of "street clothing" melting into a human body. Scott you truly are a blessed man in so many ways. Surviving such a low % of survival, a great medical staff and a truly remarkable family. It was refreshing to see a couple survive mutliple situations, even prior to your near fatal injury and keep working at their life together and raising young men that are compassionate and supportive. Thank you again for sharing this story as it will hopefully show my guys that "just headin' out to work" can be a life altering experience and wearing some "uncomfortable clothing" is a hell of a lot better than the alternative.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Being a burn nurse at the University of Iowa a tertiary care center I believe I understand what your lives must have been like... I started my web search on covering scars with tattoos and have read an amazing story. I hope that Scott finds happiness and joy in everyday - he deserves that. thank you

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Thanks for sharing intense story....I'm researching before doing my first eyebrow tattoo for a person who was burned and came across our story.....

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I came across your story as I was researching the Integra Dermal Regeneration. I am a burned survivor as well ! I was burned in 1974 over 34% of my body as I was climbing across a stove my pajamas had caught the knob and turned the stove on. While on fire, my mother had picked me up , carried me outside and rolled me in the snow to put out the fire. The pajamas I was wearing was not flame retardant and had actually melted into my skin. When they removed what was left of the pajamas, skin and all came off. We had a lawsuit against sears an Roebuck because the pajamas were not flame retardant. They had sent the PJ's to the state lab. A janitor at the lab thought they were just used up rags and had discarded them , which was the end of the law suit as well ! Fortunately for me a few weeks after my accident a Shriner who heard of my story was able to secure a bed for me in the booked solid Shriners Burns Institute for Children in Cincinatti. They covered any and all cost of all my surgeries up until I was 21 years old !!!! What a great organization they are !!!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Dear Scoot and Fly,

      God Bless you for you courage and inspiration. I was researching the web for images of tissue engineering products images when i came across your story. I did some research at Integra for a while and am currently working with another THE company. Its stories like yours that keeps us motivated and focused day in and out. Thank you for sharing your story. Your message is about to reach a class of 52 inspiring scientist. THANK YOU and GOD BLESS!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Just wanted to thank you for your amazing and inspirational story. It's true that there's nothing we can't overcome if we don't give up hope. Best of luck for the future to you all.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      An amazing story. I work for Integra Life Science as a Reconciliation Analyst. You take for granted sometimes, what is given to you through life. I just started working for Integra March 29, 2010 because my position at GE Healthcare had been outsourced to India in October of 2009. Your story makes me so proud to work for a company that has the technology to help prevent a family from losing someone they love and need in their lives. Your courage and determination through it all show the integrity of your soul... I wish you much luck and love. Thank you for telling your story.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I have worked for Integra for over 3 years, and I am very proud to be working for a company that can save and improve lives in this way. It really makes it all worthwhile! I am so very glad that your family is doing well and that Scott is as independent as he was before the accident. It is wonderful that he is giving back to the community by talking to and giving support to other burn victims. I wish you all the best!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I read your story, it is very inspirational. I have been working at Integra Life for about 4 years and found true satisfaction that the products we make helped you through this ordeal. Good luck!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Thank you for sharing this incredibly powerful story. Bambi, you and Scott are even more amazing than the the INTEGRA Dermal Regeneration Template! Your courage and Scott's persistence are truly inspirational.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      My dad was burned over 70% of his body back in 1958. He was 32 at the time and spent a year in the hospital... because he was lucky enough to survive all the torture. He went on to work and raise his family. He never talked about it, especially to his children. But I used to rub his back down a lot with olive oil and I would get the chills thinking about the suffering those massive scars revealed. You, Scot, are strong and brave and I admire you greatly.

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      darciefrench lm 6 years ago

      Hi Bambi, many blessings to you and Scott.

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      remanon 6 years ago

      It's impossible to know what to say...what a powerful story. I wish you and your family all the best for the future and hope your work for the Burn Injury cause gets the attention it deserves.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Thanks, Scott! I linked this website into my patients', who are in China. They are trying to organize a burn fund in China.

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      kt_glasses 6 years ago

      I am so rocked to my very soul. Salute to Scott and the whole family! You guys are incredible!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Hey Scott, the first fortunate thing after that terrible incident, for me, was Bambi's confidence & love for you, which made you what you are now!

      You can now daringly say that you will never have your "Worst Day in life" cause you've already crossed it!

      A salute to your determination!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      i suffered a full thickness burn on a large part of my knee area recently, i am still recovering at the moment...i know just how painful it is, especially the baths which me and my roommates at the hospital jokingly called "the big metal pool of doom"...at first doctors were concerned about wether or not i will be able to move my knee properly because my skin graft was exactly over the joint and the skin is still getting tighter and tighter by the day...i suffered a very large burn but i can only imagine what you went through, and your courage and determination are to be admired...all the very best to you and i want to thank you for inspiring so many people with your story, including myself

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      i suffered a full thickness burn on a large part of my knee area recently, i am still recovering at the moment...i know just how painful it is, especially the baths which me and my roommates at the hospital jokingly called "the big metal pool of doom"...at first doctors were concerned about wether or not i will be able to move my knee properly because my skin graft was exactly over the joint and the skin is still getting tighter and tighter by the day...i suffered a very large burn but i can only imagine what you went through, and your courage and determination are to be admired...all the very best to you and i want to thank you for inspiring so many people with your story, including myself

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Such an amazing story! I love how honest and raw everything was. It was so easy for me to relate to you guys and your ordeal. I was burned in a house fire back in 2001 and had very similar experiences...infections, finger amputation, re-learning how to walk, etc. You guys have come a long way and you are so amazing! I've also volunteered with burn foundations and done SOAR with the Phoenix Society. I've always wanted to go to a World Burn Congress, too, but never had a chance. I cam across your story after doing some research into getting tattoos on grafts. I'm contemplating getting my first tattoo, but don't have a lot of blank "canvas" you might say. I've been looking into possibly getting a tattoo in a place where I have burns. Looks like Scott was able to do it after he recovered so maybe I can too!! Thank you soo much for sharing your wonderful story. You are very eloquent and self-less. Keep rockin!

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      Teri Villars 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Cool lens! Interesting stuff!

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      javr 6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      An amazing, inspirational story. Good luck to you and yours.

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      SquidooFanatic 6 years ago

      This was such an inspiring read and i really admire the way you never gave up. It was also good to be able to read both yours and Scott version of things. Thanks for sharing your story.

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      Distrx 6 years ago

      That is an amazing story! The strength and determination of your family is remarkable!

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      moonlitta 6 years ago

      This is shaking... reminder of how things turn upside down in seconds and whole life can't bring them back where they were. It's good to remember that. Thank you for sharing, and many blessings to you and family!

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      CozyKitty 6 years ago

      Thank you so much for sharing that. Yes, it was long, but i couldn't "put it down." With all the pictures and day-by-day reports, you really get a feeling for just how long the road to recovery is. Good luck to all of you!

      ;-)

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      Vicki Green 6 years ago from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA

      Thanks to both you and your husband for sharing this incredible story of courage and determination. I'm sure Scott must provide hope and inspiration to anyone who has a physical challenge to overcome. Blessed by a SquidAngel.

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      snazzy lm 6 years ago

      Hi Bambi. Thank you for sharing your incredible story. It is amazing. All the best to you and Scott.

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      Titia Geertman 6 years ago from Waterlandkerkje - The Netherlands

      Amazing story and it surely wasn't his time yet. Glad it had a happy ending. All the best to you.

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      Allie8020 6 years ago

      Thank you for sharing this amazing story, Bambi!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Both you and Scott's unfailing courage and determination in the face of a terrible situation is a great reminder to us all. Take nothing for granted and keep things in perspective. Most people are far more blessed than they realise.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      My son was 45% burned in a fire and we spent two and a half months at Harborview Medical Center. Positive Attitude has EVERYthing to do with healing and I'm very impressed with your family's ability to 'hold it together'. If you ever find yourself in Bristol Bay, Alaska - please look us up. My son is 14 years old now and we haven't met another survivor but I know he's reaching the age he needs to see and hear for himself that life does go on. Thank you for sharing your story. Cathy Reamey & Dylan Wassily

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      asiliveandbreathe 6 years ago

      A truly remarkable story of a remarkable, loving family.

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      Steve Charles 6 years ago

      This is an amazing lens Bambi and a story to inspire all of us. Thank you for sharing it.

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      Paul 6 years ago from Liverpool, England

      At the start I had to force myself to keep reading but to stop would have been cowardly and disrespectful. Astonishing and inspiring.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Wow, what a story! Very inspirational.

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      JeffMcRitchie1 6 years ago

      What an amazing story! Thank you for sharing with us.

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      Mona 6 years ago from Iowa

      Really amazing story. Kinda difficult for me to read. My husband also got severely burned though nothing like Scott. Mike was burned up one arm and to a lesser degree half of his face. That was a long road to recovery. I can't even imagine how it must have been for you two.

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      LisaDH 6 years ago

      I truly admire both of you for having the strength to survive through such tragedy and to stay together. So many people allow tragedy to also break up their marriage. I'm always happy to hear about people who overcome the odds and help each other heal.

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      JanieceTobey 6 years ago

      Wow. What a story! I'm so glad that he made it through and is doing so well. He must be a really special person to have made it through that. Your love and support must have helped him tremendously too. Blessed by a Squid Angel.

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      QuirkySue 6 years ago

      This was the most amazing and inspiring story I think I've ever read.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Thank you so much Bambi. Thank you for sharing such an amazing journey and for expressing it in a way that so many people can be "touched" by it. And thank you Scott, for traveling on that journey and for ultimately landing your desired destination. You are an inspiration. I am very happy I continued reading to learn about your experience! I wish you and your family happiness and health for many years to come. I found this article by searching for information about Integra, it is an amazing creation. =)

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      miaponzo 6 years ago

      Oh my God. thank you for all your strength.. and bless...

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      AbsoluteJeanius1 6 years ago

      Just when you think you've heard a story of the most amazing courage possible, here comes one that makes you say, NOW I have heard about the most amazing courage possible. Thank you so much.

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      moonlitta 6 years ago

      Been a while! Here's a valentine kiss for one of my favorite lenses on Squidoo...

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      fashionality lm 6 years ago

      Incredible, compelling story.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      This is more of what our world needs.. motivation to make life the best you can make it. Truly inspiring and such a compelling story. We are blessed with people like Scott & Bambi to share their story of love, hope and courage........

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      sultana27 6 years ago

      You are so brave i can understand how it feels i was in a housefire in 2007 and i suffer from 45% third degree burns and i know how hard and painful recovey is.Reading your story makes me feel am not alone. Take care of your self.

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      Lisa 6 years ago from Rhode Island

      Thank you for sharing such hope courage and strength I just do not know what else to say it would be so much yet not enough I hope many will read this and take away some wonderful inspiration strength and hope thank you again

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      This is a very inspiring story. Its amazing how you faced such tough and painful circumstances with courage and with smiles on your face. Thanks for sharing this. It will be an inspiration for everyone who reads this lens.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      This is a very inspiring story. Its amazing how you faced such tough and painful circumstances with courage and with smiles on your face. Thanks for sharing this. It will be an inspiration for everyone who reads this lens.

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      wheelbound 6 years ago

      What an amazing story of recovery. I am so glad to see that he is giving back by giving other burn victims strength. Great lens. Have a beautiful day. You are a good man Scott!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Wow, That was an amazing story of hope and true strength. I can see why Scott has done so well, he has a peaceful and uplifting family by his side! Love and Laughter is a powerful medicine :)

      Thanks for the inspiring story. Peace. Victoria Mpls, MN

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      This is a very inspiring story that's for sure so you to never give up hope on anything even when other do. Scott god bless you man I hope you can still enjoy your life with your disabilities. You are a living miracle. You are doing good by healping other burn victims by showing them they can be a living miracle to. I wish all the best for you and your family again GOD BLESS you and your family.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      wow.. Normally i stop reading stories after the first pages, i read this one from top to bottom.

      An truly amazing story! It's stories like these that makes you realize that with determination you can survive the worst situations. A truly inspiring story, in case i would ever meet with such a situation i too will refer to this story.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      wow.. Normally i stop reading stories after the first pages, i read this one from top to bottom.

      An truly amazing story! It's stories like these that makes you realize that with determination you can survive the worst situations. A truly inspiring story, in case i would ever meet with such a situation i too will refer to this story.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I'm burned , 3rd degree ever since I was 3 . I cried during reading some of these stories . These people are so strong . . . I wish to actually meet a fellow survivor .

      "We're no different than anybody else. We're just people with scars. You just have to look through them and see the person."

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I'm burned , 3rd degree ever since I was 3 . I cried during reading some of these stories . These people are so strong . . . I wish to actually meet a fellow survivor .

      "We're no different than anybody else. We're just people with scars. You just have to look through them and see the person."

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      ThomasNKlotz 5 years ago

      Burn off harm can happen to any individual and if the injuries is severe, the impacted person goes through an emotional trauma and huge expenditures which could finish in deadly implications.

      Personal Injury Chicago

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Extremely MOTIVATIONAL, sometimes we just complain about every little thing that happens to us and take ordinary life and little things of it for granted. I'm ashamed of myself for whining for not having this, or that or how bad live treats me. Thanx for opening my eyes and live every day like what it is, a TREASURE :)

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      Elizabeth Sheppard 5 years ago from Bowling Green, Kentucky

      Wow. What an inspiring story of survival. I am so glad he survived and can do many things probably nobody thought he would ever do.

      I have had some (small) burn injuries - nothing like he had - so I cannot even imagine the courage he had to get through this accident. More power to him and to you too. Thank you for sharing this story of courage.

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      Missmerfaery444 5 years ago

      Bambi, you know I love you to bits and now I love you even more. I had no idea this had happened to you and what an inspiration you and your husband are. Beautiful determination to overcome something so horrific. I read every word. If I could bless this lens ten times over I would!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      thank you for sharing your story, you are truly inspirational. im a burn survivor too and so many things in that story happened for me too and its always always encouraging to see someone else surviving and going on to lead a happy life.ur all amazing! i wish you all the best. nick. sydney, australia

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Thank you so much for sharing all of this. My friend, co-worker, and neighbor (Scott) became a burn victim a few days ago from an explosion at work. I'm struggling to come to terms with what happened, as he is also suffering from burns over 85% of his body. Reading this is giving me that glimmer of hope that I need. Thank you once again. You have no idea how much this has helped me.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Reading stories like this motivate people to be the best they can possibly be. It minimizes the daily problems people tend to focus on, money, job stress, etc. When you read about true hardship like someone over-coming such a serious injury, and the dedication of the family to facilitate the healing process, none of the little crap matters. I am so proud of all of you for fighting through the tragedy and coming out stronger on the other side. Your story is truly inspirational. I am in awe of you. P.S. Shame on that nurse for discouraging your hope! And more power to you for removing the negative energy!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      very moving and encouraging story to read, my cousins husband has just been burnt over 85 percent of his body in an industrial plant fire /explosion and is in a pittsburgh hospital. so the story is very encouraging knowing that there is hope after reading your story, thank for sharing such an uplighting and personal part of your life to give others hope.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      very moving and encouraging story to read, my cousins husband has just been burnt over 85 percent of his body in an industrial plant fire /explosion and is in a pittsburgh hospital. so the story is very encouraging knowing that there is hope after reading your story, thank for sharing such an uplighting and personal part of your life to give others hope.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      this is an encouraging rea. my little cousin of 12 years, got burnt 85% of his body in a petrol fire. its been 5days now since the incident, and today he is going into surgery.

      this story has given me hope for his survival

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      oh my gosh - we would really like to speak to you guys. My husband is going the same thing, happened the same way , burned over 80% of his body , been in the hospital since 08/31/11 still a long road ahead but super glad to hear your story _ GOD is good

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      Chazz 5 years ago from New York

      What an incredible story of strength, love, and an amazing family! Blessed and featured on "Wing-ing it on Squidoo", my tribute to the best lenses I've found since donning my wings.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I found this by accident. Got to say it is the most insperational read ever! what a brilliant guy and they way your family have overcome this is truly brilliant!! hats off to you all and well done for being able to right this article :) very best wishes for the future :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I read this as assigned reading for the burn lecture in my adults with physical challenges class. The story resonated with me because I am from St. Paul and used to work with staff from United and Regions, and I know how hard it can be to find a glimmer of hope or positive energy from professionals. This story reinforces how much hope plays a role in recovery and support of families of patients in trying times. Hope for recovery is something I am resolved to always emanate to every patient and their families when I become a practicing occupational therapist. Thank you for sharing your story.

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      Julia M S Pearce 5 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

      An amazing story of human courage and love. A powerful force.

      *angel blessed*

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      scot you are one brave man i live in in england some burns peaple i have met feel that i must not moan about silley things after your storey i will think a gaine before i moan ok scot good luck to you and all your famaley michael

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      Zut Moon 5 years ago

      Holy Moses ...what an experience. This lens has been blessed.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      God has a great great big hart that not can image how big it is, cause He is there threw the worst and good, keep up the great job in recovery , never give up.. i got a brotherinlaw that has a burning story also.

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      Rose Jones 5 years ago

      Excellent lens - Angel blessed. I am proud that you were able to stay together - real loyalty.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      you are very strong to go through this together

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      you are very strong to go through this together

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      This gives me so much hope! So thank you for sharing :) , My brother was burned on Saturday and has burns to 85% of his body as well, they said he has a 15% chance but he is still going strong and has his sense of humour! I think he will make it and pray he will ! But yeah thanks so much for sharing this! I empathise with what you have gone through and are still facing today! Amazing story guys .. inspiring :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Be strong and keep the faith is my best advice!

      http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/davidbeal

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Bless you both - you are both inspirational! Stay strong!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Well, I shall be at the next burn congress. This summer. I am 17 years old and was burned 30% of my body in a flash fire, also. My face, chest, arms, and hands are grapheded . I was on life support for a month and a half, because inhaliation burns. The doctors thought I would not make it, but I pulled through.

      My accident was December 28th, 2011. I was admitted into johns Hopkins Bayview .

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      Annamadagan 5 years ago

      Praying for your husband. Great story!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Thank you so much for sharing your experiences. Scott & Bambi, you are the most amazing couple :) The endless support, comittment and determination you have both given to each other and yourselves is also amazing. I sincerely send my positive energy your way, to help ensure that things stay good :) I might also send you some bird of prey statues to keep all the camacazi birds away ;)

      Thanks again, Nat.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      http://neverdoubtpossibilities.blogspot.com/2012/0...

      That is my blog site for my story. I was ran over two days after I turned 16 and trapped under the motor of a running car.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Hi you guys,

      My name is Bill Bristol. I started reading your story and I wish there was a stronger word than incredible. You went thru a lot of pain Scott and lived to tell about it. On the surface they (meaning industry) probably say "you can never work Again!" Well you are working and doing better than before. To make that cute birdhouse without fingers is really neat.

      I do not have a job right now. I look every now and then, but so far nothing has broken loose in the economy. I never really tell people that I was laid off. I just tell them that I am not working because of economic design. That sounds more exotic than "I was laid off."

      My son is autistic, but he is functional which I am grateful for. (I just used a preposition to end a sentence with. Legend has it that Winston Churchill spoke against doing that.)

      In the case of my son, (my wife died a couple of years ago) I am a single parent with an autistic son. It was difficult with him and it was frustrating for him as well. He was able to get a job thru the California Rehab. Dept., because he is learning disabled. You are given a job consulor and a job coach. Then they find you a job. For them it is easy. The job is for 3 months and the company pays 1/2 pay and the state matches it. So it costs the company near nothing to put the person payroll. And they probably get Brownie Points for doing. If you know someone and if the program is available where you guys live than let them know. My son has been on the job near 3 years, so I guess they are going to keep him.

      On another note, he was in Special Education all thru school. The first grade teacher called us in (this was before my wife got sick) and told us that our som would not ever be taught how to read. We were stunshocked. Because both my wife and I loved to read. The teacher told us that his brain does not work right.

      My wife and I talked it over and decided that we were not going to accept that. So every night we would read something to him. A small article in the "Orange County Register," The words under pictures of "National Geographic," a comic, a kids book whatever. One day my mom asked us, "Do you know when the miracle happened?" We shook our heads. we did not know. All of a sudden Joel could read.

      My wife worked in an office so she had to wear better clothes. I worked for a silk screen printer. I wore rags. Joel's clothes were in between. One day he and I were at a thrift store. I was looking for Levis. He came over and asked if we could get this book. He was in 2nd or 3rd grade. I said "Maybe." He showed to me. It was a college geology book. I said "I don't know. Can you read that?"

      He said "Sure." and proceeded to do so. He did not know what all those big words meant. I did not know what they meant. But he could read them.

      When he started 8th grade, we went in for open house. He had one main teacher and two others. Math and P.E. I took a special book with us. After a few minutes with his main teacher, I said, "Joel. Read a couple of paragraphs to your teacher. So he did. His teacher was stunned. His wife was there also. She was more than stunned. "Does he know what he is reading?" she asked.

      "O yeah. He can tell you what is means. Because he wasn't reading English. He was reading Spanish. Joel's teacher's wife is Hispanic. I heard his teacher mutter kinda under his breath, "I have children who can't read "The Cat in the Hat" in either language."

      So when someone says, "It cannot be done." As you both know, yes it can.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Prayers for Scott and your family. An incredible story of determination and faith. Thank you for sharing with the world. I'm sure the posting of your story is helping others. Bless you all.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Returning with angel dust after being reminded of your story.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Thank you so much for sharing your story, my second cousin Stephen Baca was burned August 8th from a gas line explosion in New Mexico. he is doing amazingly well. He was burned 50% of his body with third degree burns on his upper body. On day 16 he was taken off the venalator, trac removed, today he walked 100 feet to the scrub room? Your story gives me hope that he can be restored to health.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Love of family makes all the difference. Thanks for sharing this incredible story. I teach burn care to nurses and have shared your story with them. I hope you and your family are well.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Thank you for sharing your story! Great job advocating Bambi!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Thank you for sharing your story and journey through that difficult time. I am a nursing student, and my instructor added the link for your story on our notes for us to check out, and I am very glad I took the time to read through this. Your story was very motivating and uplifting. I wish your family the best. :)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Thank you for your detailed story. I am reading "The Burn Journals" by Brent Runyon and it doesn't go into the details that you do and how low the survival rate was. This gave me a much better visual of what a burn victim experiences. Incredible story!!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Thanks for posting your detailed account of what you went through, i'm so glad that you have made such an amazing recovery, you're a true inspiration and very courageous!! I wish you and your family all the best :)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      My name is Nesha...my son got burn while we were burning a small heap"....where we heard an explosion and my son got burn....we called the ambulance but there was none..so my husband and I took him to the hospital...they treated him and said he got 38 percent surface burn..he was sent to the icu where he was treated for 14 days....on the 15 day the doctor called and said he died with cardiac arrest...

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Thank you for sharing this amazing story from tragedy to triumph. I am a 4th year mature nursing student that decided to get into healthcare after I had been treated badly by an emergency nurse after being burned in a bonfire explosion. Although my burns were only second degree, it was painful and quite the recovery process. Like you I had to rely on my family to help me through the healing process at home. I believe that you are truly blessed by an amazing family that has the best attitude one can have to recover and exceed anyone's expectations. I am currently working on a research assignment on burns and am looking for gaps in the literature in order that I might find a great idea for a research study.

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      maryLuu 4 years ago

      Bloodcurdling story! I started to cry reading it! I can't even imagine what you both had to indurate. Congratulations for your strength!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      hi i just read ur story so inspirational my best mate just became a burns victim his n electrician n 2 days ago a switchboard blew up in front of him his clothes caught fire he has 80% burns to his entire body except his face but reading this i no there is hope his in n induced coma n really feel how u woulda felt it feels surreal n im still in disbelief the other thing that sucks is his wife is pregnant n she is due in 3 weeks tough times ahead but reading this story i no there is a ful recovery

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Wow, found this page randomly but a pretty incredible & impressive story.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Inspiring ,thank you for sharing your story.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      thank you for sharing your story i used your story to help my son after we caught him playing with matches this helped him see fire is no toy!

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      Lorelei Cohen 4 years ago from Canada

      You two sure had a tremendous amount of difficulty to deal with. Burns are so very painful that I cannot imagine what Scott endured.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      you are all amazing people and truly inspirational!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      you are all such strong people. amazing. awe inspiring and brave

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Thank you for sharing your story. I really liked the fact that you all pulled together and stuck together.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Nanna

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      This brings back a lot of memories. I was burned 60% or so, in 1970. I honestly intended to write a book about the experience, but never did. I salute you both for the wonderful gift of sharing your story.

      You also demonstrate something I've been saying lately: If your sense of humor is the last thing to go, then you've done alright!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Awesome story xxx burns are horrific I was burned 15 years ago and still have surgeries x I've just this week had another integra surgery xxxxx

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I came across this article and it made me year up. My uncle two days ago was in a accident where he was burned 85% 3rd degree burns . He is just staring is recovery. They only give him a 15% chance at this time. He has wonderful family support . The Drs said it will be a long road to recovery but your story gives me hope thank you

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      We found out today, at church, a friend was in a flash fire. He has 85% 3rd degree burns. Looking for hope of survival and ran across your very real story. Thank you for your story.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Thank you for your very inspirational story, a relative suffered 65% burns 3 months ago and is making good I will show them your story. I wish you well.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      This was a great piece! Thank you for sharing! I fortunately wasn't injured as badly in an explosion due to aerosol accidentally being tost into a stack of cardboard boxes ring burned!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I went online because my friend's son wants a tattoo on his arm that was burned severely in a grease fire. It has been 4 years but my friend is very concerned. I ended up reading this site from start to finish. You are both amazing - I have no words to describe your courage.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Thank you for sharing this story. God has blessed your family. A week ago my brother received 2nd and 3rd degree burns over 85 percent of his body was burned and the docters gave him a 10 percent chance of making it. Right now its hard seeing my brother in this condition but we know he's going to make it with Gods help. This story is very inspiring and gives me hope we will pull through this. Thanks again for your courage of sharing your story. God bless

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Thank you so much for sharing this story.

      My journey is just beginning, and I hope I too can experience healing and acceptance.

      Best wishes.

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      Thank you for sharing this story, it really stopped me in my tracks and think about how precious life and all the things we take for granted are.

      Best of luck and wishes!

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      This story touched my life. I am in nursing school and doing a project on burns and we had to find a personal story to discuss with the class. This story was the most warming. Your family is something very special. I had an aunt who was in the hospital for 4 months because she developed the flesh eating disease and its really a commitment to be there every day and support your loved ones when your so tired. God bless your family and I hope your all still going strong.

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      Jasmin Arethna 21 months ago

      Oufff !! Amazing family ! Amazing strength!

      An Amazing and Inspiring story of tragedy, recovery , love and health !

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      Taylor 10 months ago

      About a month ago I was burned 3rd degree on 25% of my body. You sharing this story helps more than you know.

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