Thursday, January 14, 2016

Children screamed when they saw this 3 yo. 18 years later the only thing they say about her: unbelievable.


Harley Dabbs is a typical 21 year old from Reidsville, North Carolina. But whoever has seen her, doesn't quickly forget her.
When Harley was a little girl, and only just turned 3, she'd already experienced more than most people do in their entire lives. The house in which Harley and her family live falls victim to a terrible fire and Harley got completely engulfed in the flames.
Facebook/Harley Mercedez Dabbs
80 percent of her body has been marked by burns and her face is completely disfigured. Her eyebrows will never grow back and her skin is covered in blisters.
Facebook/Harley Dabbs
The doctors shared their concerns with the worried parents: her chance of survival currently sits at about 2 percent. But even as a little girl, Harley had a strong will and threw the doctor's expectations to the wind: she survived and developed into a stronger, more confident young woman.
Facebook/Harley Mercedez Dabbs
But her life had abruptly changed. For 18 years, Harley had to go to "Shriners Children's Hospital" in Cincinnati, Ohio, every day to have skin operations. All this, just so that she can have a chance to look more or less like a 'normal' adult.
Facebook/Harley Mercedez Dabbs
"The hospital is like my second home. I'd always felt as though I was another species, but at the hospital I always felt good because there were other people who looked like me - I kind of felt like I belonged."
Facebook/Harley Mercedez Dabbs
Her burns were so severe that she even had to have eyebrow implants. 
Facebook/Harley Mercedez Dabbs
The world outside of the hospital however, didn't react so positively to her. She was always bullied for the way she looks and got depression as a result. "I couldn't go anywhere. I couldn't leave my house. Whenever I went somewhere I always completely covered my body, even when it was hot outside. I wore a long jacket and long trousers."
Facebook/Harley Mercedez Dabbs
But Harley didn't give up. She knew that she had to fight against the bullies. To defend herself, she got a tattoo of a phoenix rising from the ashes with "I am fearfully and wonderfully made", is written alongside it. This changed everything because the tattoo also changed the way she felt about herself: because she is wonderful.
Facebook/Harley Mercedez Dabbs
She also says that she's a fighter. "I am strong, I am who I am because I've fought for it. I've been through hell and came out the other side, and I'd manage it every time."
Facebook/Harley Mercedez Dabbs
She wants to share this important message with the world and that'S why she has posted her story on Facebook. People from all over the world have read about her and have been impressed. "I hope that my story can help others who are struggling with their scars or origins. Regardless of how bad it is, they can make it through the hard times and it will get better."
Facebook/Harley Mercedez Dabbs
Harley herself received her strength from her loving boyfriend. He helped her to remain positive, particularly when she was feeling down. "He helps me to feel beautiful, even on days when I really don't think I am. And when I can't stay strong, then he is strong for both of us."
Facebook/Harley Mercedez Dabbs
She now has a big dream for her future: "I hope to become a nurse and a motivational trainer. I would like to help others, burnt or not, to understand that they are beautiful, despite how society she them."
Facebook/Harley Mercedez Dabbs

She would particularly like to help teenagers so that they don't feel alone, because one fights more so at this age with their appearance then any other age. If you are also impressed by her unbelievably positive charisma, then share this article with everyone who you know.