When she was called to talk to a burn survivor who is suicidal, Aderonke Odumosu realised she had to share her story, being a survivor herself.
Having survived a gas explosion which took place three years ago, Aderonke became suicidal and she attempted suicide three times.
Living through burns treatment and finding a way to cope with the impact of the shock on her new life was not easy.
Grateful for the progress so far, Aderonke is reaching out to other burn survivors and encouraging them that their scars would fade off soon.
So I have never had the urge to share these burns pictures of myself when I suffered a gas explosion ..I have told my story to some ppl but never shared pics perhaps bcos I hate the pity party, until today when I got a call from one of the docs who operated on me and wanted me to speak to a young lady who recently suffered gas explosion and is feeling suicidal.
He thought I was the best person to talk her out since I was in the same situation 3 years ago .. I dropped everything I was doing and headed straight to the hosp. on seeing the young lady I remembered my ordeal, how I felt suicidal. I got emosh but I had to remain strong for her. After sharing my story with her and reinforcing that suicide is NEVER an option, I hope/pray I was successful at taking her out.
I attempted suicide 3 times myself but God said it wasn’t my time ..3 years ago I knew what it meant for your life and plans to be brought to a screeching halt.To be sicker than I ever thought possible, to know the kindness of hospital workers and strangers… To feel very alone and at the same time part of a large community of
people who call themselves burns survivor.
To me burns survivorship is about living through burns treatment and finding a way to integrate the impact of the shock and treatment into your new life … Using the word survivor to describe myself was one of the hardest things I had to come to terms with so I believe conqueror is more suitable because this experience has helped me to become a better person, to appreciate every little thing, to see the world from a diff perspective.
No matter what, I have conquered a sense of hopelessness. To all burns victims out there it will only get better trust me … Your scars Wil fade away eventually and a new you will emerge .. Keep hope Alive.
Of course, my story wouldn’t be complete without this amazing lady @ebigoo1 Who introduced me to one of the baddest doc on Harley street, Dr Rajj London, St Thomas’s Hosp London, docs at lasuth gbagada, Georgia plastic surgery Atl, @grandvillemedlaser and my supportive family ..my treatment span 3 continent.
Pic 1 taken morning of the explosion pic 6 (bottom right) taken