Meet Tina

Meet Tina

In our community of extraordinary individuals, Tina’s story shines brightly, just like her smile. She personifies the essence of resilience and the power of community support that inspires all we do at the Burn Institute.  

Tina’s journey began with an ordeal that few can imagine—being burned shortly after her first birthday. Growing up in the shadow of countless surgeries, she navigated her recovery with a spirit that refused to be dimmed. “I grew up going in and out of the hospital… but I was really blessed to have been part of the Burn Institute,” Tina reflects. 

This testament to the crucial role of community support in her life lays the foundation for Tina’s story of healing and acceptance. Despite the physical and emotional hurdles, Tina found solace and strength in the embrace of the Burn Institute and her local burn foundation, participating in camps, retreats, and various events that knit the fabric of her extended family. A pivotal moment in Tina’s journey was the realization that the pursuit of erasing her scars through surgery wasn’t her path to healing. “I knew that having surgery after surgery wasn’t going to magically erase all my scars. So I was just done,” she shares. This moment of acceptance was a new chapter where Tina embraced her identity, finding beauty in her scars and strength in her story. 

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The Burn Institute, Tina fondly recounts, has been a constant in her life, offering not just medical support but a community that nurtured her emotional and mental healing. “Thanks to BI, I’ve had a huge support system. I’ve never had to feel alone as a burn survivor,” she says. This sense of belonging, coupled with the opportunity to give back as a counselor at Camp Beyond the Scars, enriched Tina’s life immeasurably, allowing her to pass on the torch of hope and resilience to others walking a similar path towards healing. 

 As we share Tina’s story, we’re reminded of the profound impact that compassion, support, and community can have on an individual’s journey through adversity. Tina’s life is a testament to the strength found in vulnerability, the beauty of scars, and the unbreakable bonds forged in the heart of shared experiences. 

Her message to those embarking on their recovery journey resonates with simplicity and power: “It’s not easy, but it’s entirely possible… Love yourself. You’re the same person. It’s just that your look has been slightly modified.” 

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Tina’s hopes for the future are rooted in leadership and giving back to the community that has given her so much. As she steps into roles that challenge her, she carries with her the legacy of those who’ve supported her and the dreams of contributing to a world where every burn survivor knows they are not alone. 

 Through Tina’s story, we are all invited to reflect on the resilience of the human spirit and the transformative power of community. Let her journey inspire us to support those who continue to fight, heal, and thrive against the odds. 

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