May 31, 2023
Lise Deguire is an attractive woman. Her kind eyes belie what she has lived through.
When Lise was four years old, her mother used a household solvent used to start a barbecue. It exploded, engulfing the entire porch in flames. Her mother ran through the fire and jumped in the lake to cool her burns. She left Lise standing in the midst of the inferno.
Lise who was a beautiful, bubbly, child with blond curls suffered third degree burns over 65% of her body. The ensuing years would be round after round of brutal burn treatments and skin removal resulting in heavy scarring.
Lise reflects back on her relationship with her mother and notes that:
"She was not emotionally equipped to be a mother. She just wasn't. And some mothers aren't...
One of the things I've learned since my book has come out is there is a lot of people who had mothers who were not very good at it."
Lise describes her parents as “outrageously flawed, gifted, and iconoclastic parents.” And as such, they were often wrapped up in their own lives and drama.
Lise had numerous experiences that would have stopped most people. Perhaps most traumatically, her beloved brother committed suicide. That is what ultimately led her to a life dedicated to making a difference in mental health.
"I think it made me a better person. And I help a lot of people now."
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