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Burn survivor offers message of inner beauty

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Every day we make choices, whether it's going to work or choosing what to wear.

This week, burn survivor MeLisa Mounsey, is sharing her inspirational story with the community about how she chose to make a great situation out of a near death experience.

Back in 2000, at the age of 23, Mounsey's husband threw gasoline on her while she was holding a cigarette. She suffered third degree burns on 95-percent of her body.

Today, Mounsey is a motivational speaker.

In her message, she talks about wanting to give up during her painful recovery process which lasted about four years.

She says she didn't like her outer appearance and felt like crawling under a rock.

One day she realized she had a choice to ultimately be happy, a choice to choose to live the best day as possible and the power to cooperate with her physical therapists.

On Thursday, Mounsey continued her "make choices" message to students at Bluffs Middle School.

"We don't know what we're capable of," she said to the eighth grade Family Matters class.

"Miracles come in cans, not like soup cans but as in 'I can do it.'"

Mounsey recalls during her recovery process she realized that God had given her the ability to be happy in spite of her scars, and that's how she slowly learned to embrace her life again.

Speaking about the eighth grade class she says, "they have value, it's not based on what they look like, or the labels that they wear, they're valuable because of who they are as people as human beings. They just need to know that they're loved and the potential inside is incredible."
Mounsey says growing up, she wanted to be a teacher, an actress or a nurse. She says now she gets to do all three by nursing the souls of others with her story and teaching people to never give up.

She says no matter what life throws at you, look for the treasure in the trial.

Mounsey is happily remarried to her "best friend," who is also a burn survivor.

She loves to garden, and she gives back to her community serving as a volunteer in Northern Colorado, prison ministry, teaching Older Adult Wellness, and counseling juvenile fire setters.

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