CREATING AFTER THE COCOON

It’s hard to believe that it has already been almost been a year since the seed for the idea of this project started.

It all began last December when I was on my break from work and was going to buy my regular monthly magazines, but they weren’t there. Instead I found a magazine with its yearly photography issue. There were many beautiful photographs in this magazine, but one in particular grabbed my attention.

It was a picture of a burn survivor.

For years I had struggled with issues of being a burn survivor alone. Luckily, I had a great support system of family and friends who have helped me throughout the years. However, I always wished that someone could actually relate to what I was going through. These feelings led me to a conversation with a good friend of mine who suggested an organization called the Canadian Burn Survivors Community. I decided to check it out. The website gave me my first look at the burn community and had a lot of great information and resources. However, what I was most interested in was learning about other burn survivors and finding out how they went through their recovery process.

Where it all began – my proposal for this project

And this is where my idea grew from – to create a platform where burn survivors could tell their stories as a means to help other burn survivors and their support systems. At the same time I had to choose my Independent Professional Project (equivalent to a thesis) for my final year of my studies in the Creative Communications program so it made sense to focus on this.

With the incredible support of the Canadian Burn Survivors Community and the Mamingwey Burn Survivors Society I have interviewed and photographed other Canadian burn survivors for my project and am currently in the editing process.

It’s my hope that this website will help other burn survivors, especially those who don’t know of existing resources, with their recovery process. I look forward to sharing this journey with you, hearing your feedback about this project and launching my website with these stories and photographs in early February 2013.

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