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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".

Caregivers Caregiver Fatigue Compassion Fatigue Wellness Families and Friends Carly Bowers
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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.

Parent And Child Kids The Journey Back Forgiveness Survivor Story Family Stories
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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.

Men's Stories Phoenix World Burn Congress Phoenix WBC Kathy Edwards Peer Suport Survivor Stories
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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.

Firefighter Burn Survivor Family Stories Burn-injured firefighter Phoenix WBC Phoenix World Burn Congress Phoenix SOAR Getting back to living Emotional Healing Survivor Stories
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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.

Personal Stories Grief and Trauma Families and Friends For Parents Getting Back to Life
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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.

Women's Stories Grief and Trauma SOAR Parent And Child For Parents Phoenix World Burn Congress Phoenix SOAR Survivor Stories
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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.

Wellness For Parents Phoenix World Burn Congress Parent Child Resources Grief and Trauma Parent And Child Getting Back to Life Trauma Childhood burns Childhood burn injury
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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.)

Personal Stories Advocacy Phoenix Advocate The Station Station Nightclub Fire Men's Stories
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Beyond Surviving Tools For Thriving

Facing the world after surviving a burn injury presents unique challenges. This guide will assist you in responses to teasing, staring, and questions regarding your burn injury and help you STEP toward social comfort and confidence! (Guide also available in Spanish)

Getting Back to Life Wellness Resources Parent And Child
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Brad Johnson: Overcoming Challenges; Encouraging Fellow Survivors

Brad Johnson, a volunteer firefighter, was burn-injured when responding to a crude oil tank fire. He tells his story of recovery and how the Phoenix Society's online peer support chat and its community of burn survivors helped him get back to life.

Men's Stories Peer Support Chat Phoenix Online Peer Support Chat Nicole Smith Survivor Stories Firefighter Firefighter Burn Survivor Burn Injured firefighter Getting back to living Online Chat
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Breaking Free of the Addiction-Shame Cycle

Although addiction is prevalent throughout the burn community, the issue is seldom openly addressed. However, the 2014 Phoenix World Burn congress included a session on Addiction and Shame, as well as daily 12-step meetings provided by local Alcoholics Anonymous chapters. In the following article, Megan Bronson and James Bosch, facilitators of the Phoenix WBC session, explain how addiction feeds shame and shame feeds addiction—both of which can act as a suppressor of spirit and a hindrance to trauma recovery.

Wellness Addiction Substance Abuse Shame Psychological Healing Psychological Recovery Burn Recovery Compulsive Behaviors
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Brien Dews: A Positive Outlook Pays Off

After suffering burn injuries in a plane crash and wanting to give back to the burn community, Brien Dews became a peer supporter and organized Buses by the Beach; an event that raises thousands each year for the Phoenix Society.

Men's Stories Getting Back to Life Donors Peer Support Buses By The Beach Survivor Stories World Burn Congress Phoenix World Burn Congress Phoenix WBC
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Bring SOAR to Your Hospital

Learn how to start a SOAR program in your hospital.

Resources SOAR Peer Support Health Professionals
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