Renewal is Greater Than Regret

The Newtons’ story is an important reminder that whatever challenges we face, renewal is greater than regret. Every member of the Newton family struggled in a different way, but they each embarked on a journey of recovery and renewal. In 2009, Braegan and Kade were injured in a fire. After 3 months in the hospital, the Newton family returned home and tried to pick up where they left off. But they lived hours away from their doctor, and the family struggled without support.

#BurnsAreBeautiful: How I Found Self Love

Burn survivor and blogger Indira Husic adds her voice to the "Burns Are Beautiful" campaign. She built a positive relationship with herself through adventure, forgiveness, and self-care.

“Burns Are Beautiful:” Five Survivors on Scars and Self Love

"I am a masterpiece, I’m proud of who I am, and my burns are beautiful.” Five burn survivors share their stories of beauty, confidence, and strength.

Coming Full Circle at Phoenix SOAR Training

"I knew the training and the connections would push me to continue to heal and grow. I had no idea how moving the experience would be." Alicia Assad, mother of a burn survivor, describes her experience at Phoenix SOAR Peer Support Volunteer Training.

Healthy Living, Healthy Healing: 3 Ways Exercise Helped Me Heal

Michelle Valladares shares how she committed to a healthy lifestyle after her burn injury, a commitment that has given her a lot in return.

Looking Out the Window

After his burn injury, Evan Duran faced his fears and achieved his goal of becoming a professional photographer.

Coming Out Again

James Bosch explores his parallel journeys of coming out and accepting his differences as a gay man and a burn survivor.

Soaring Above Rock Bottom

Despite Alexi’s high hopes for college, her years there were the hardest of her life. In this post, Alexi shares her story and the lessons she’s learned.

Pick Up Your Fork

" When I was 9 years old, I suffered burns over 100% of my body and was expected to die. Today, I share my story with more than 50,000 people each year in hopes that they may live a more radically inspired life. As a Phoenix Society Ambassador, I am honored to have this opportunity to serve as a guest blogger and share my story with you." John O'Leary, author of ON FIRE: The Seven Choices to Ignite a Radically Inspired Live, discusses the joy of coming come from the hospital five months after being burned, and the troubling realization that his journey had only just begun.

Young Adult Burn Survivor Challenges Her Boundaries to Empower Female Burn Survivors

Kiki Vo is a young adult who was burn injured as a child in a fire that that claimed the life of her mother and injured her 2 sisters. She is also a Phoenix Society member who participated as a Young Adult mentor in our 2014 UBelong Young Adults program at Phoenix World Burn Congress. Recently, as a result of her research work on young adult burn survivors and intimacy, she collaborated in an intimate photo shoot with California-based photographer Krysada Binly Panusith Phounsiri on the SnapPilots.com blog and was a featured story on TheMighty.com website, "Burn Survivor Challenges Her Insecurities With Intimate Photo Shoot." We invite you to read more about Kiki's journey of empowerment and invite you to read the feature story that was shared with permission by The Mighty.

This Is Me—And I Won’t Quit. Luis’ Story of Burn Recovery.

Aug 19, 2015

Luis Nevarez, a firefighter, went to work on a routine call about a downed power line; his experience that day turned out to be anything but routine.

In This Together: A Firefighter’s Spouse’s Story

As the spouse of a burn injured firefighter, Jeannine Barrera shares the compelling experience of her husband’s burn recovery.

No One Should Face Burn Recovery Alone: Oscar’s Video Testimonial

Captain Oscar Barrera was a long-time firefighter; after struggling through burn recovery alone, he came to realize that he needed help.

The Power of Peer Support: A Firefighter’s Story

You come to know the value of peer support when you’re faced with a life changing injury. Peer support for burn survivors helps speed and strengthen recovery by offering hope at a challenging time, and the simple truth is that the sooner burn victims connect to resources and caring people, the sooner they can get back to living. Phoenix SOAR® (Survivors Offering Assistance in Recovery®) connects burn survivors to a community of people who share their experience. Mitch Dryer, burn survivor, peer supporter, and retired firefighter, shares his story in a compelling video testimonial. Watch for more featured stories in the coming weeks, of those who's lives have been impacted by Phoenix SOAR!

Community Reentry Outings

Recovery for the burn survivor and their family does not stop when they are discharged from the hospital, it extends beyond that. For some it begins with the first step back into the community, back into their life outside of the hospital. The first step in anything can be moving, fulfilling and exciting. But for a burn survivor and their family it can also be intimidating and stressful. However, with support and the right tools it can be successful for all involved. One way to help overcome the uncertainty is by participating in a community reentry outing. We have been learning about these social skill tools throughout our week in Phoenix UBelong and our oldest groups of adolescents went to Joe's Italian Ice to practice what they have learned and support each other through the process.

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