In September, Phoenix Society launched the “Burns Are Beautiful” campaign. Featured here, survivors share their stories of resilience, acceptance, and beauty with the tag #burnsarebeautiful.
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.
Imagine this: a young solo traveler from Canada with little to no instruction of what to expect. Man oh man, it was quite the adventure. As I reflect on my time discovering each intricate layer of Phoenix World Burn Congress, I am grateful for the people who so willingly became my friends and surrounded me with love.
Kechi Okwuchi, America's Got Talent finalist, shares her #burnsarebeautiful story. "That memory signifies one of the most meaningful moments of my life as a burn survivor because I realized something important: "The real Kechi shines through her scarred exterior every day, and she is strong and beautiful."”
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.
Today, Howard is intentional in looking back and leveraging his past to build a better future for burn survivors everywhere.
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.
A burn injury has an impact on everyone in the family, but sometimes those effects can be positive. In this blog, one young woman shares a few things she learned as the daughter of a burn survivor.
" 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.
As the spouse of a burn injured firefighter, Jeannine Barrera shares the compelling experience of her husband’s burn recovery.
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