A year after suffering serious burns in an airplane crash, blogger Stephanie Aurora Clark Nielson has posted a photo of her reconstructed face:
Kudos to this woman for having the courage to show the world on her popular blog, the Nie Nie Dialogues, how she's recovering from the crash. It was a year ago yesterday that the plane went down near St. Johns, injuring severely her and her husband, Christian, and killing instructor Doug Kinneard.
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Here's what Stephanie wrote in June, when she was still deciding when (or if) she should ever publish a picture of her new self:
It hasn't been easy having to reinvent myself. I have (and still do) mourn for Stephanie. Where did she go? Now I look in the mirror and see someone else, but it's still me. It's...well...weird. I have to learn to be me again. I have to accept and hope. And I should stop saying "should" and replace that with "get". I GET to have a second chance at life. I get to enjoy my children even if my fingers don't work. I get to change the way I look at life and how I can somehow help someone else in need.
And best of all, I get to have my husband. He is still him and I am still me and we still can and are creating the same love we had before. I may becoming a different Stephanie, but it's still me.
What an honor.