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8 Ways to Care for Caregivers

Taking care of others is no small task, but it’s a precious one, and it’s important for caregivers to take care of themselves so they can continue to take care of their loved ones. If we are unhealthy, we can’t meet the needs of others. Carly Bowers, wife of a burn survivor, shares simple and practical tips for handling the stress and exhaustion of being a caregiver—from the real-world experience of someone who's "been there".

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A Boy Changed, but not Defined, by his Injury

Ethan LaPorte was burned at age 6 when a family friend poured gasoline over the coals of a fire. He and his mother, Sara, have had a long journey of recovery and forgiveness.

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A Life Irrevocably Changed

“I was responding ‘lights and sirens’ to an emergency call and was stopped at a traffic light,” Jason Schechterle recalls. He describes the event as part of an average, ordinary day in his life as a Phoenix, Arizona, police officer. “There was a taxicab driver nearby who had suddenly suffered a seizure, and lost control of his cab,” he explains, “and he just happened to be heading toward the intersection where I was parked.” The cab hurtled through the intersection at more than 100 miles per hour, striking Jason’s patrol car—the car exploded, consuming the car and Jason in flames. In seconds, Jason’s life was irrevocably changed.

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A Man of Quiet Dignity

Tony Gonzalez, burned over 95% of his body, shares his journey of recovery on a road full of set-backs.

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A Newlywed Couple Faces the Challenge of a Lifetime

Firefighter Mitch Dryer suffered severe burn injuries when pinned under burning debris from a ceiling collapse. He and his wife, Aimee, tell the story of their journey of burn recovery - together.

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A Parent’s Perspective

“Mrs. Assad, you need to accept that your son has suffered a burn injury and is badly scarred. Scars are ugly. We don’t like them, but we can’t take them away. They are a part of who your son is now. This burn is severe; you are lucky William is alive. That is all you should be focused on right now.” Hearing from a renowned burn specialist in New York City that his only remedy for the injury was acceptance left me stunned. Waking up to the realization that my son would forever be changed as a result of the accident opened the floodgates of guilt, and I found myself stuck in a dark place. Alicia Assad was able to move forward from guilt to gratitude. Read more to find out how she did it.

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A Sister Discovers Trauma Doesn’t Just Exist With the One Who Was Hurt

Kristi Calman-Fowler tells her story as the sister to a burn survivor, showing that trauma doesn't only affect the one injured.

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A Story of Love, Faith, and the Strength of the Human Spirit

After losing her young son in a fire that destroyed her home and gave her burns over 55% of her body, Justina Page found the strength to go on through her husband and other sons.

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A View From Both Sides of the Bed Rail

"It’s a privilege to walk alongside patients and families in their darkest times and offer them our very best care," says Liz Dideon Hess, social worker and burn survivor. Read the unique perspective Liz offers about working in a burn unit.

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ABLS Resouces

List of References for burn injury survivors, their families, and caregivers.

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Addressing Sexuality with Adult Burn Survivors Guidelines for Staff

Addressing sexuality with burn patients is challenging, but is extremely important. This handout is designed to provide staff with concrete suggestions on how to deal effectively with issues of sexuality and intimacy.

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Adults Burned as Children: Buried Trauma

It was during the World Burn Congress in Atlanta, Georgia, in 1999 that I first became aware of the profound issues of unresolved loss and trauma carried by many adult burn survivors who had suffered their burn injury as children and adolescents. Unresolved and unprocessed trauma and loss negatively affect the ability to be happy, intimate, trusting, and spontaneous in life.

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Advocating for Your Child’s Educational Needs

Is your child returning to school after a burn injury? A child's burn injury can be an overwhelming experience for the entire family. School reintegration following hospitalization can be just as overwhelming. Learn how you can advocate for your child by forming a "student school team" to make the transition easier.

Getting Back to Life Resources For Parents Parent And Child For Children Parent Child Resources Kids Families and Friends The Journey Back Journey Back Going Back to School School School Reentry School Reintegration Returning to School Wellness Margaret Kugler
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Bearing Witness - Station Nightclub Fire 2003 - 2013

Ten years after a fire killed 100 people at The Station nightclub in Rhode Island, Rob Feeney, a survivor, returned to the site to remember the fiancee and friends he lost, and recount how he became a champion of fire sprinklers. (Reprint with permission from NFPA Journal® [Vol.107, #1] , copyright© 2013, National Fire Protection Association, Quincy, MA. www.nfpajournal.org. All Rights Reserved.)

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Becoming a Leader, Life Transitions, Part 1

Are you a young adult transitioning from high school to the adult world? Navigating transitions and change is the very essence of life. As we move through different seasons of the year, ages, relationships, and jobs and all that they bring, change is inevitable. How we approach, navigate, and react to these transitions shapes not only who we are, but also our future.

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