Burn Survivor: Life through the eyes of someone who looks different

 

Today’s post is about beauty vlogger Shalom Nchom’s remarkable story.

Back home in Nigeria at about nine years old, Shalom’s mother owned a grocery store on a university campus, where she used to fry fast food for students. One night Shalom got very sleepy and was told to go into the store to sleep, on getting there she got scared and ran back outside to where her mother was, got a sleeping mat and laid under a table close by. Shalom was suddenly woken up by scorching pain, the scathing hot oil her mother fried with had poured all over her head, face, shoulder and hands. Shalom says she tried to rip off the pain, unknowing what she was ripping off was her skin. After four months in the hospital she was finally sent back home…to a new life.

Shalom after returning from the hospital

She says people began to look at her like she was a monster. “One of my neighbors, we used to play together, came in my house and when he saw me he ran away crying”.

An aunt who lived in the United states helped Shalom get a visa to fly back with her and get reconstructive surgery. Even after the surgery she was left with noticeable scars. She said she started considering suicide.

She grew up and discovered makeup which helped her regain her confidence. Today Shalom is a fast rising influential beauty blogger. She says despite the terrible ordeal, seeing other people in worse situations made her thankful. Shalom shares full details of that horrific day on her YouTube channel. She hopes her videos can inspire not only burn victims but also people in general to love who they see when they look in the mirror.

Shalom showing her makeup skills

Shalom is indeed an inspiring woman.

“Nothing makes a woman more beautiful than the belief that she is beautiful” – Sophia Loren

Photo Credit –  Shalom Blac’s Instagram

24 thoughts on “Burn Survivor: Life through the eyes of someone who looks different

  1. ThElma this story is amazing, i love how shalom was able to embrace her scars. Although she does teach Her Viewers how to cover up scars with makeup she truly accepts herself and teaches ktjee to do the same.

  2. I just saw the video! truly inspirational thelma 🙂 I must say, Shalom is beautiful from within too!

    1. Thank you shelley, I’m so glad you like it.
      You can always bookmark it so whenever you need a little inspiration you go come by lol.

  3. EVEN THOUGH IT IS A VERY UNFORTUNATE AND TOUCHING STORY, HOW SHE HOLDS THE LIFE IS VERY INSPIRING. I WISH ALL OF US HAVE THE SAME POWER IN OUR HEARTS.

  4. This is such an inspiring story thelma, thank you for sharing it with us. The girl is so strong, its unbelievable. Looking forward to reading more posts!

  5. THAT WAS SO TOUCHING AND INSPIRING TO READ. SUCH COURAGE AND STRENGTH IN ONE WOMAN. YOU DID HER STORY SO MUCH JUSTICE WITH HOW YOU TOLD IT THEMLA.

    (I don’t know why it’s in all capitals)

  6. Wow! What a heart felt story and well written. This is a remarkable woman and she is so beautiful!
    Great story!

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