I was 14 and thought I was invincible. On May 14, 1988, I found out I wasn’t. In a heartbeat, I went from a tired, but happy teenager who had spent the day at an amusement park with my friend, Emillie’s church youth group, to a terrified child trying to escape from a raging inferno.
The vision of Phoenix Society is to unite the voice of the burn community across the globe to profoundly advance lifelong healing, optimal recovery, and burn prevention. That’s a big, audacious vision. Some might say it’s unattainable. But as individuals impacted by burns and fire, we have a deep knowledge of what it takes to reach goals others believe are impossible. We understand that in the face of hardship, we rise.
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.
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.
"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.
"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.
Michelle Valladares shares how she committed to a healthy lifestyle after her burn injury, a commitment that has given her a lot in return.
After his burn injury, Evan Duran faced his fears and achieved his goal of becoming a professional photographer.
James Bosch explores his parallel journeys of coming out and accepting his differences as a gay man and a burn survivor.
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.
" 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.
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.
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.
As the spouse of a burn injured firefighter, Jeannine Barrera shares the compelling experience of her husband’s burn recovery.
Captain Oscar Barrera was a long-time firefighter; after struggling through burn recovery alone, he came to realize that he needed help.
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