When I injured my back, I was transferred from the high paced Emergency Department to work in a department that was less intense….
…no even less intense than that…
…grab a blanket..
…and then maybe lie on the floor and get really sleepy…
That? Is what Quality Assurance felt like after working in the Emergency Department for years.
The hospital CEO gave me a temporary home in the Clinical Manager’s office on the Burn/Rehab unit. I loved that office. It had faced the busiest part of the Metro area and often my brain got lost wondering what the people were up to. And if I swirled the top dog’s leather chair around, I could see the hustle and bustle down the long corridor. Let me tell you, our hospital housed some of the most amazing kids you’d ever meet.
Because of my severe back injury on the job, I was never able to return to nursing but in those short years, I will always remember a handful of patients who have changed my heart forever. One of those children was a little boy who was on our Burn/Rehab Unit. Every day around the same time, I’d rush to open my door to hear him sing Rehab by Amy Winehouse out loud:
“They tried to make me go to rehab
I said, no, no, no
Yes, I been black
But when I come back, you’ll know, know, know
I ain’t got the time
And if my daddy thinks I’m fine
He’s tried to make me go to rehab
I won’t go, go, go”
Even though this was a serious protest, this child’s voice was absolutely beautiful. He would sing this every single day as they wheeled him down to rehab. He went through so much excruciating pain during his stay and he was such a fighter. I’ll never forget him because this was during the same time that I was receiving therapy as well for my own injuries and I thought, “If this little kid can do it, so can I.”
I was reminded of this boy’s determination to overcome when I received a copy of Beautiful Scars: A Life Redefined by Kilee Brookbank and Lori Highlander with Jessica Noll
This is a true story and let me tell you I applaud this girl for reliving her nightmare in order to help encourage and inspire others — So, let me tell you about this young author.
Her name is Kilee Brookbank.
She is a college student, a sister, a lover of shoes, and animals. She is also a burn survivor.
When she was 16 years old, she was severely injured when a gas leak caused her home to explode. She and her very faithful dog Digger were the only ones home at the time. It had burned forty-five percent of her body and had almost taken her life but thankfully Digger was there to wake her up with his barks. He had then followed her to safety outside until neighbours had found her.
This book chronicles Kilee’s harrowing journey back to wellness – thirty eight days of surgeries, skin grafts, physical therapy, and excruciating pain and the mental battle to rediscover how to live and love herself again.
What I love about this book is that she partners with her mom, Lori Highlander, to write this book. So you are getting both angles of the recovery process from a mother’s perspective and the teen’s/patient’s perspective. It makes for an interesting twist especially if you’re a mother. I really felt connected with Lori’s portion in this book – the emotions that she was going through, and how hard it must have been to watch your daughter struggle so much.
Anyone who has a sick child will connect with the bond and trials that these two share –
This book is such a feel good read. Kilee doesn’t want people to feel sorry for her and what she’s been through. She has such a positive attitude throughout this story and that is with the encouragement of her support systems. She is really driven to keep paying forward and and has even started the Kilee Gives Back Foundation which has raised more than $100, 000 for Shriner’s Hospitals for Children-Cinncinati , and Kilee has partnered with Shriner’s Hospitals to promote its national Be Burn Aware Campaign.
She’s also been seen on The Doctors, Inside Edition, and in Redbook, Girls’ Life, and Woman’s World.
She’s going to move mountains this young woman.
I highly recommend this feel good read which was the 2016 Benjamin Franklin winner for Best Inspirational Book!
It’s available November 14, 2017 and you can place orders now: at KiCam Pojects
Disclaimer: I received a copy of Beautiful Scars: A Life Redefined for the purpose of this review. All opinions are my own.