Getting Back to Life

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Facing Motherhood: Female Burn Survivors Tell Their Stories

Burn Survivors tell their stories of motherhood, ranging from difficulty conceiving, worries about how their injuries would affect pregnancy, and concerns about how their children would respond to their scars.

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Family Burn Camp: YMCA Camp duNord Style

In this remote Minnesota north woods setting the cares and demands of everyday life are set aside for one week of uninterrupted family time. For families with a child who has been burned it also provides an opportunity to come together with other families who share this experience.

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Family Finds Support in UBelong Program at World Burn Congress

16-year-old Domenic Vinacco learned tools and tips through the Phoenix Society's UBelong Program, which helped him and his family find resources and support.

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Family Learns Lessons in Coping from People and Animals

The Duckworth family had a long journey when their 6-year-old daughter Lane was burn-injured. Through support from both the humans and the animals in their lives, they worked to get Lane back to a normal life.

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Finding Strength and Inspiration at Each Life Transition

Keneatha Perteet is the number one fan of nurses. She has spent years of her life in the presence of nurses—first as a 9-year-old burn patient at the Cook County Hospital in Chicago, Illinois; later as a teenage, volunteer candy-striper at the same hospital (eventually becoming a certified nursing assistant); and finally as an aspiring nurse herself, returning to school and pursuing her degree as a registered nurse.

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Gaining and Maintaining a Healthy Body Image

This article includes tips for maintaining a healthy body image, as well as personal stories about three burn survivors who have struggled with body image.

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Getting the Most out of Counseling after a Burn Injury

Consider interviewing therapists before you commit to an ongoing process with a therapist. Be an active participant in your therapy. Ask questions, set goals, and develop a plan of action that includes evaluating progress toward your personal, relationship, life and recovery goals.

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God’s Answer to Prayer

In this first-person story originally published in "Chicken Soup for the Caregiver's Soul," burn survivor Susan Lugli shares her own journey of recovery and her experience as her husband's caregiver.

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Guilt…One Way That We Cope

Dealing with Guilt? Of all the emotions that families endure in a crisis, guilt seems to be one of the hardest to resolve. The guilt that one can experience is often a result of burdensome thoughts we place on ourselves. It is what I call the “coulda, shoulda, woulda” effect. It is the magical thinking that helps return to us some control of a situation that is out of our control. Read this article to learn how you can deal with guilt in a healthy way.

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Hand Transplantation

Loss of one or both hands from burn injury affects thousands of people each year, including many wounded American service members from the armed conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. Treatment options and methods to optimize functional capacity of these amputees remain limited and compound the difficulties faced by burn survivors recovering not only from a burn, but from the loss of their hand(s) as well.

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Healing Together: When Multiple Family Members Are Injured by Burns

On the evening of January 15, 2013, Cheri Kent and her two children, Quincey and Kennadey, followed their usual evening routine—after both children took a bath, they settled into bed. But 15 minutes later the family’s apartment suddenly exploded.

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Helping the Traumatized Child to Reclaim Life

It is a well-established fact that burns and the painful and intrusive procedures required to heal them are traumatic for children as well as adults. Traumatic experiences as such as severe burns have a profound effect on the developing child and can overwhelm their coping abilities.

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How To Talk About It:  “Crucial Conversations” With Burn Survivors

An Aftercare and Reintegration Committee (ARC) forum at the American Burn Association (ABA) Annual Meeting prepares burn professionals to discuss sensitive topics with burn survivors and their families.

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Intimacy and Sexuality after a Burn Injury

Recovering from your burn injury has taken a lot of work and energy. As you heal, you may have concerns beyond your survival and physical recovery, such as feelings about your body and relationships with others. It is normal for someone with a burn injury to have concerns about intimacy and sexuality...

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J.R. Martinez: Fighting the Battle of a Lifetime

J.R. Martinez was only 19 years old when he was burned in Iraq. He found a renewed purpose in his life through helping other injured soldiers regain hope.

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