March 19, 2009 by Jessica I am a burn victim to. And I agree with Rebecca. I enjoyed the secret because I understand where she was coming from. I wasn’t a beautiful person- I was a pretty normal teenager with maybe just above average looks until the summer before my sophomore year in high school. When a bonfire exploded and burned my face, arms, and chest. I spent only a week and a half in the hospital and just a few months locked in the house away from the sun. However what I learned from being burned will change me forever. Life Lessons Learned From Being Burned… A lot of friends aren’t real. A lot of them don’t notice you’re gone, or do and just don’t bother to call. A lot of them are just “fluff” and just care about themselves. People are shallow. I learned that people base a lot upon yours look. And I had to spend the time in grocery stores, in the movies, or anywhere out in public with the stares of everyone. I had been a normal person but now I had turned into some kind of freak, but worse than that- I healed my skin although it is not perfect, it isn’t scarred badly. No one could probably ever imagine what had really happened to me because I look normal. And that’s the worse thing that could ever happen to me. Because now that I have friends again I already know how fake a lot of them are, and I know how untrue those boys are. I also realize how mean things are when they say things because when people say things like ” i wish they burned to death” they don’t realize that everyone’s scars aren’t visible. And that is true about everyone’s lives. I want scars so bad. I wish I had them. I wish I could flaunt them and tell the world that I was a burn victim, and that I wanted friends who were going to care about me because I was funny, or caring, or even just because I was me! not because of my looks or anything else that really didn’t mean anything. I go to Burn Camp. It’s a camp for youth burn survivors- and I now am a counselor. I think those campers are the most beautiful kids in the whole world. They are outgoing and smart and just incredible and they all live with their scars in such a profoundly amazing way. So I understand this secret- and even if you don’t you have no reason to put down what she stated. She took a chance and put it out to the world and guess what it’s called a SECRET for a reason- probably because she is ashamed of it. Want to know my secrets? That bonfire with one big flash. Turned all the lies into gray ash. All the people who were fakes Friends, I thought, my mistake. So then I cried, I was alone. To face the roads all unknown. But don’t worry now I am here. And now my friends I see clear. And I would never want to take it back. I love who I am. And if i could go back in time I would make sure that I got burned so I turned out exactly the same…maybe next time with some visible scars.