" 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.
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!
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.
Team Phoenix - Chicago is getting ready to race to the finish line on Sunday, October 12, 2014! Two of the runners this year, Millayna Klingback and Sarah Bazey, are burn survivors running their first marathons and we'd like to share their stories with you.
Ryan Douglas, past recipient of the Phoenix Education Grant (PEG) Scholarship has used the scholarship as a motivating and driving force throughout his undergrad school experience and during his early employment career. He continued to use that same motivation for his studies to earn an Executive MBA from Baylor University.
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