November 8, 2010By Beth Wasko Posted: Nov 8, 2010
As someone who has lived with a scar for almost all of my life, watching Robin today on GENERAL HOSPITAL brought back some more serious memories of my childhood. As a child, I was burned by boiling hot water and suffered third-degree burns along the backs of my legs, my back and a small area on my elbow. The worst of these was on my right hip, where I still bear a scar today. Living in the hospital for two weeks as a child was terrible and the treatments made it even worse; discussions about skin grafting and surgeries took place numerous times throughout my childhood.
As I got older and healed, my outlook on the scars changed. I was lucky in that I had no burns on my chest or face, so what I did have, I could cover up for the most part. Unlike Robin, my life was just beginning when I was burned. When I was with other kids, some would ask me what had happened, and if it hurt. Most of them, though, just stared. I grew with my scar and as I changed, it changed. I was able to come to terms with it being a part of me. I made the decision a long time ago not to get rid of my scar because it was part of my story. It was a little piece of my history that made me who I am today. Taking that away would have removed the scar, but not the event. It would have still happened to me.
Fast forward 20 years and if it were to happen to me now, instead of when I was a child, my decisions might be different. Robin's fears that Patrick will see her differently (given they get back together — GO SCRUBS!) are totally warranted. This is no longer something that is part of her; it's something that happened to her, a disfigurement that could make a person worry about how a significant other will see her. I commend GH for taking the time to use the triangle storyline to interject a smaller, yet important issue that many people face today. While I've come to terms with my physical scars there are many burn victims who possess much worse physical and emotional scars. It’s reassuring for them to realize that their fears and questions are shared. Do you have a story like Robin's? How did you handle your situation? Leave comments!