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The teenage years can often be some of the most memorable years of our life….we start to learn a little more about who we are, develop strong friendships and new loves, and usually experience a rollercoaster of ups and downs. For Jeairy, teenage life was anything but typical. At the age of 15 she was burned by a candle as she was trying to remove “glue” from her scalp after a neurological study. Subsequently she experienced third degree burns over 50% of her body. From 1998-2004 she underwent over 175 reconstructive surgeries and procedures. Currently her entire body is covered in scars, from the top of her head down to the bottom of her feet. A 15 year old will often lament about their teenage woes but for Jeairy, some of the most important years of her life were soon to be met in a very different light. It would have been absolutely understandable for her to succumb to despair and the thoughts of “why me?”. However, Jeairy had a different plan. Jeairy shares her inspiring story….
I’ve been a survivor since I was 15 years old and had to overcome bullying at a very young age. My parents taught me to believe in myself and that helped me develop a tough skin. I decided to share my story on Instagram knowing the void in our society for empowerment.
I've learned that no matter our age, race, gender, we go through similar experiences when it comes to feeling comfortable in our skin, practicing self love, acceptance and embracing who we are with our flaws and good qualities. Making the decision of sharing my story and my life publicly has changed my life in a way I never thought it would. Knowing I can be a positive influence in someone else's life and help them overcome difficult experiences in their lives, seeing them shifting from negativity to a more positive outlook in life, is a beautiful blessing.
Thanks to social media, I've been able to get in touch with so many people around the world. I see them as my Insta-Family, I've been fortunate enough to build strong relationships with many of them. I appreciate their time and I like to engage personally listening carefully to their stories. I'm honored to be their confidant and support during their hard times. It is very rewarding to hear back from these individuals when they have found a resolution to their problems, feel more confident about themselves, seeing their victories and accomplishments when I've been there with them from far away.
I want to share other motivational stories, I know that working collectively with others we can make a change in the world. I see my blog growing organically and becoming one of the best to go websites for support, motivation and inspiration. I want to continue doing more motivational speaking at schools, churches, groups, conferences, and reach as many places as God will allow me to in the world.
Jeairy has started Life Scars Project and is inspiring and empowering many! Her mission is to “empower those who have been affected with burn injuries, bullying victims, physical disfigurement, and low self-esteem through peer support.” Jeairy is a beautiful soul inside and out and her bravery and dedication speaks volumes to those that face adversity and question their true worth and beauty. Thank you Jeairy for your big heart, your loud voice of advocacy, and for being a safe place for people to find support! You are a beautiful Personal Hero!
You can connect with Jeairy through her website, Facebook, and Instagram.
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