"I'm Not A Burn Survivor, I'm a Burns Thriver": Teen Embraces New Body

Johnny Quinn, who is now 18, was only 4 years old when the family dog knocked over a candle in the backyard shed he was playing in.

He was only saved when his 25-year-old sister Leah, who was babysitting at the time, pulled him out of the fire.

After convincing himself everyone was scared of him, Mr Quinn eventually learned to embrace his disfigured appearance as something that made him unique.

'Instead of looking in the mirror every day and seeing something I hated, I started seeing what I could enhance and what I could accept,' he said. 

'When you're a burn survivor, you're just surviving but I like to call myself a "burn thriver" now because I'm actually thriving with my burns.' 

'Why did I even survive? Why didn't I just die in the fire? I questioned that all the time,' he said.

'I didn't understand, until I was older, all of my troubles started when I was 10 and 11.

'I was becoming a teenager and appearance started to matter to me. I started to realise I really don't look normal. I really started to hate what I looked like.''

A lot of people call [us] a burn victim and I was totally a burn victim too, somebody who let their situation have control over their life. 

'I want to be the person who changes people's minds, that they can be comfortable in their own skin if I can be.' 

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