Meet our December Scarlight, Landjina L., hailing all the way from Haiti!
I get so excited to see where Scar Power is supported in the world. It’s important to know that wherever you are, you don’t have to let your scars define you. I’d like to share my many thanks to Landjina who has stepped up to the plate to share her story. She answered the call to become a Scarlight from my Scars to Confidence Facebook Group, and I am very grateful!
I pray that your story will inspire and give hope to others who may be dealing with same scars. Thank you so much for being a part of my Scarlight platform and choosing to share your story here!
“I’m 27 years old. I was born and raised in Haiti. During my year in Haiti at the age of 7, I became a burn survivor. The morning that I got burned, I simply took a kerosene lamp, went in my room to get shoes under my bed, and my dress got caught into the lamp. The next thing I remember I was surrounded by neighbors. Some were crying, and some applying things on my skin. I ended up with 3rd degree burns. I spent almost 6 months in the hospital.
My journey to recovery was not the most pleasant, but I’m grateful to be alive to use my voice and positive energy to inspire other burn survivors to embrace themselves. Growing up, I went through phases of having low self-esteem and self-hatred. I did not like the person that I was nor the scars on my skin. I would hide them so no one would question me. Little did I know that I was my own enemy. I was destroying my own self.
A couple of years ago I decided to become an advocate for other burn survivors. I want to inspire them to step out of their comfort zone, to start loving themselves and their scars so they can continue to live their lives. Our misfortune should not dictate our lives.
I aim to help and inspire others burn survivors, so I created ‘Burn Survivors on the Rise’ which is a 501C3 nonprofit organization. It is still under construction, but it is my way to give back to the burn community in any way that I can. I know what I went through to find myself and I would like to help others to find their purpose.
Anyone can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. I love receiving email from other burn survivors telling their story.”
Questions For Landjina
- Why do you want to be featured in a Scarlight?
“Because I love to share my story as a burn survivor to inspire other burn survivors and also anyone with scars that needs to be embraced.”
- How has your story/experience shaped your life’s perspective?
“I learned that time is not on my side, and I must do what has to be done and love people that need to be loved unconditionally.”
- What steps did you take and/or tools you used to overcome how you felt about your scars? If you have not yet, why?
“I’ve tried daily affirmations and self-love. My self-love journey includes me accepting my scars, embracing my scars, and not letting my scars be a limitation in my life.”
- What is the most important thing that you have learned about yourself through your journey?
“I’m strong and resilient.”
- What is one lesson that you can share with others that will inspire them?
“Until you love yourself, you will not understand or accept how someone else can love you.”
Landjina, thank you so much for being a part of Scar Power! I wish you much success on your journey and good luck on creating your non-profit. I know that it will help many, many people!