My father is hands down my hero. I have always been dad’s little girl. About two years ago my dad was horrifically burned in a shed fire when he was on the roof. The burns affected over 30% of his body including his hands, forearms and legs. I have never seen my dad in so much pain. He was in the hospital for seven weeks finishing out the summer before I started high school. I never thought my dad would be the same person he was before. Granted there are still many things he cannot do, he still works everyday to support his family because he is not the type of person to let the injury get the best of him. He has had several reconstructive skin grafts done on his hands to try to get them back to 100% functioning but we have recently found out that now that is nearly impossible. I really don’t care if his hands work 100% as they once did, as long as I still have my dad, that’s all that really matters to me. He has always been a hard worker and takes such pride in the work he does that it almost killed me to see him laying in a hospital bed for just shy of two months. He was so depressed because he was unable to do much of anything for himself or anyone else. About two months after coming home from the hospital he returned to his construction job on light duty and has reported to work every day since. I have never seen a man with such dedication and fight to be able to pull through such a horrific injury and make himself into a stronger person than he was before. My dad is certainly the strongest man I know. I don’t know where I would be without his love and support but I am thankful everyday that I still have him to go to know how close I was to losing him.
Submitted by Anonymous
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