Beautiful Scars: A Life Redefined

Beautiful Scars: A Life Redefined

Beautiful Scars: A Life Redefined

Beautiful Scars: A Life Redefined


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“Kilee’s spirit shines through her every word. Beautiful Scars is a down-to-earth primer on how to let our hearts define us, not our scars.” — J.R. Martinez, Actor, U.S. Army veteran, bestselling author, and burn survivor

A moment can change everything …

Kilee Brookbank was a typical sixteen-year-old, but her last ordinary day erupted in an explosion that consumed her house, burning forty-five percent of her body and sending her to the brink of death. After thirty-eight days of surgeries, skin grafts, physical therapy, and excruciating pain, Kilee had to discover how to live again. With unwavering support from her mom, Lori, and the rest of her family, Kilee faced her journey with determination, strength, and a positive attitude that inspired not only her community, but people around the world.

Told together by Kilee and Lori, Beautiful Scars is a story of recovery, healing, and hope, reminding us all that we’re never powerless, never alone, and that each challenge we face helps make us the people we are meant to be.

Now a thriving college student, Kilee has become an author, advocate, and philanthropist focused on helping other young burn survivors and their families. She has met with individual survivors and their parents and spoken to school groups, burn camps and civic organizations across the country.

Her charity, the Kilee Gives Back Foundation, has raised more than $300,000 for Shriners Hospitals for Children-Cincinnati, and Kilee has partnered with Shriners Hospitals to promote its national Be Burn Aware campaign.

… It’s what you do with each moment that defines you.

A portion of the proceeds from sales of Beautiful Scars: A Life Redefined will benefit Shriners Hospitals for Children-Cincinnati.

Features eight-page color photo insert!

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780998521633
Publisher: KiCam Projects, LLC
Publication date: 11/14/2017
Edition description: None
Pages: 296
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 18 - 17 Years

About the Author

Kilee Brookbank is a college student, shoe fanatic, animal lover – and burn survivor. Severely injured when a gas leak caused her house to explode in November 2014, Kilee was hospitalized for thirty-eight days before returning home to a life of new challenges and a new “normal.” Kilee, who attends Xavier University, created the Kilee Gives Back Foundation in 2015 to support other young people and their families through times of crisis. Kilee, who has appeared on The Doctors and Inside Edition, is also the author of the children's book Digger the Hero Dog.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Change 1

Chapter 2 A Smile Is Born 17

Chapter 3 Hurting and Healing 28

Chapter 4 A Girl's Best Friend 63

Chapter 5 Struggling to Be Me 70

Chapter 6 Bright Spotlight 102

Chapter 7 Starting Over 132

Chapter 8 Big Little Brother 152

Chapter 9 Changes and Milestones 184

Chapter 10 Back to Normal? 191

Chapter 11 Kilee Gives Back 203

Chapter 12 Rebuilding, Going Home 221

Chapter 13 Senior Year 232

Chapter 14 The Next Phase 256

Chapter 15 In My Own Skin 268

Conclusion 274

Acknowledgments 278

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