By: Michael Appleman

After the burn injury did I want to survive?
Was life worth the changes I could not hide?

All the surgeries, pain and being stuck in the bed.
Would it be better if I was dead?

Will anyone support me?
Will they tell me the path they took?

Will your path of survival help me?
Can I deal with this pain, suffering and my new look?

These questions I asked every day.
I have not found the help needed to show me the way.

How can I live after suffering such a painful way?
I pray that other burn survivors will tell and show me what I need to know.

If you can answer these questions please let me know.
Then maybe I will understand the recovery path I have to go.

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