In 1996 there was a devastating fire where a church deacon lost his life when his
apartment was set on fire by suspected drug dealers. Jackie, his wife and her3 children survived, but were seriously injured. Jackie suffered severe smoke inhalation and burns to her arms. Her oldest daughter also suffered from smoke inhalation along with 2nd & 3rd degree burns to her arms and legs. The youngest daughter and son who was 3 years old miraculously managed to escape with minor injuries.
After an extended period in the Burn Unit, Jackie and her daughter went home. However, the oldest daughter would require additional surgery at some point.
Resilience, determination, motivation allowed this family to survive the ordeal of not only losing a husband, but losing all they had.
It is now 14 years later, the two girls are now adults; the son is about to graduate from High School. There is a constant reminder when mom and daughter look at the scars that were left–not just the physical ones , but the emotional ones
The family has survived their ordeal. Of course it was a struggle trying to survive not only the physical impact, but the emotional trauma.
It’s like a container of milk that spills; you can’t pick it up and put it back into the container