Facebook: After the Cocoon
Twitter: @afterthecocoon
Email: afterthecocoon@gmail.com


  • Wow! This is awesome! Pls let me know if there’s anything I can do to help you. I got burnt when I was only 2 yrs old to 75% of my body. I was also one of the speakers at the Canadian Burn Conference.

    • Hi Kelly, thank you for your kind words. And I definitely remember you at the conference. I’m not sure if you remember me, but I sent you some pictures of you talking. I do have a particular idea of how you can get involved, and I’ll be emailing you shortly about that. However, if you could, just spread the word about the website to as many people as you can so we can spread awareness about resources for burn survivors.

    • Hi Kelly, no we’re not Facebook friends yet, but I’ll have to add you because I have high privacy settings for my personal Facebook page. Also congrats on your nomination and good luck on winning – that’s amazing, you definitely are a great role model for young women. Also, if you haven’t already, please “like” and share the After the Cocoon Facebook page 🙂 (there’s a link on this page to it). Thank you again for your support in my project.

  • mykellyf says:

    Oh cool. I was wondering if that was you or not! Thank you for responding. Are we Facebook friends yet? If not we should be. There’s lots of stuff happening on my personal site. One thing I haven’t announced yet is that I’ve been nominated for a Queens Diamond Jubilee medal for all my work with teenagers and self esteem. I’ll know in Nov if I win or not. I loved the trailer you did. I’m also coming to Calgary this sun to speak for the Women’s Power Afternoon.

  • Karli Butler says:

    What an awesome idea! I am a burn survivor/acid attack survivor from the US. I’d love to help in any way that I can. I will definitely share the website information.

  • Don Adamson says:

    Hi Maria Cristina!
    I am so proud to know you and of what you have created here. I think it is the MOST IMPORTANT AND RELEVANT SOCIAL DOCUMENT I HAVE EVER READ CONCERNING BURN SURVIVORS AND WHAT A TOUGH ROAD THEY ALL TRAVEL. This is not just important here in Canada but I thinks its relevance has no borders. You should be very proud of this and I know everyone who reads it will be touched by what a great message it delivers. Congratualtions again!
    Don Adamson
    Co-chair of the CBSC Steering Committee

  • Rick Foote says:

    Hi Marie…. thanks for creating this site and sharing your story and those the the other burn survivors. I belong to an organization, “Cape Breton Firefighter Burn Care Society” host of the Atlantic Burn Camp, we are located on Cape Breton, where we have been sponsoring a week long camp since 1998, we bring young burn survivors from throughout the Atlantic provinces for a week of fun. Take a look at our website: http://www.cbfburncare.ca/index.php
    I have added a link to your site…. thanks so much for sharing your stories with us… Rick

  • Hi Rick,

    Great to hear that this has reached different areas of Canada. Can you please send me an email at afterthecocoon@gmail.com? I look forward to hearing from you!

  • Greg Patterson says:

    Maria Cristina
    You have made a beautiful and significant contribution here. I know a number of the survivors portrayed and you have truly captured their spirit and, yes, their sense of humour too. Thankyou, I will continue to follow along.
    Greg Patterson

    • Hi Greg, thank you for those words. Before I started the project, the thought of it was overwhelming. In retrospect I am incredibly happy with how it has turned out and hope to continue it indefinitely. I am currently brainstorming on ideas of what I’ll be doing with the project in the upcoming months. If you have any feedback I’d be happy to hear about it!

  • Chris Backer says:

    Hey there Maria, we met at the Calgary Burn Survivors Conference. Great site, really impressive work. I would love to share this with my audience of the Maritime Medical Marijuana Show. I’ll promote this page, and be proud to do it. I guess I’m looking for your permission. Thanks ahead of time.

  • becky stone says:

    Hi, my name is Becky and i am 29 years old. I just want to say how good it’s been for me to find your website. I am a mother to 4 children and currently 33 weeks pregnant with my 5th. At 2 years of age i was involved in an accident involving a faulty heating system, resulting in 60% of my body obtaining 2nd and 3rd degree burns. Having been discharged by my consultant at the age of 17 due to not needing anymore skin grafts, i never had any support regarding my scars during any of my pregnancies. Each one has got progressively more difficult to handle, probably due to my skin being more stretched. This particular pregnancy has been hard as i am carrying all out front and am definitely bigger! Because i have no contact with the hospital who dealt with my scars, my doctors are at a loss as to how to help me ease any discomfort, obviously with surgery not being an option whilst pregnant. I have been using Bio-Oil but its not giving me any massive relief. Do you have any ideas on what i could use to help me with the last few weeks?

  • Seema K says:

    Hi Maria – I don’t know if you remember me (I used to volunteer with UW Peer Support), but I just wanted to commend you for such a beautiful project! All the best and keep being inspiring!

  • Tanya Flores says:

    Hello. My name is Tanya from Manila. My 4 year old son just recently suffered from scald burn boiling water 35% of his body including his face, chest and back. We spent 1 month in the pediatric icu of st lukes hospital. We are now in our private room and ready to ve discharged anytime this week. My son has undergone 9 debridments and has remain strong. He suffered from trauma for the 1st few weeks but is back as a normal kid. I fear for his future. We plan on attending the world burn congress this year. Thank you for creating this site. God bless you

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