At first glance it would seem that the moment of the explosion was the one that altered life forever. In many ways it was, but nothing compared to what would follow. The truth is, the moment of raging flame, when the very air was consumed by billowing fire and tortuous heat, was not the ultimate point of life change. It wasn’t the inextinguishable inferno that was the defining moment of his life, even as it tore his flesh and singed his body to the bone. His definitive moment was something much greater.
It was October, 2013, and life appeared bleak. Doug sat in his car and thought about all he had lost. Seven years ago he had fallen in love. That love was deep and marriage followed. But now it was gone…forever. It seemed like yesterday when it all began.
"I'm dying!" Her lips were already engulfed in flames as she screamed those words.
Every part of her body was on fire. In desperation she looked for help in the eyes of her husband. Little did she know that the most dangerous time in a relationship is when an abused victim tries to leave.
"It is hard to imagine that under a year ago her life was much different. She had been in a prison for 30 years, a prison from which she had no power to escape. The walls had become too thick, the bars too dense, the lock too cumbersome. For thirty years she had been in the dark and hopeless solitary confinement of a life-robbing cocaine addiction. It had turned everything she knew into something hollow."