Michelle Valladares shares how she committed to a healthy lifestyle after her burn injury, a commitment that has given her a lot in return.
We collaborated with Dr. Kristen M. Kelly, a board certified dermatologist and Professor at University of California Irvine, to answer some of your questions about laser treatment for burn scars.
" 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.
Phoenix Society member involvement is crucial to research work. By bringing together the researchers, care providers, and burn survivors we have had the opportunity to not only understand the challenges in burn recovery but truly address them with interventions/programs that will promote the best outcomes for those with burn injuries.The size of the Phoenix Society membership enables us to address one of the greatest challenges within burn care research—obtaining the number of subjects needed to conduct valid research. The Phoenix Society clearly has a network of burn care providers, survivors, and family members with a breadth of experience and passion for this work that is unparalleled. We are currently working with our partners on several research projects that will benefit from your involvement. We ask that when you receive an invitation to take part, you consider the value of your voice, feel the empowerment, and understand the impact you may have on the future of burn care if you choose to participate. We may not be researchers, but we live with a burn injury every day. We hold the keys to what will help us live the fullest life possible.
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