Resources Tagged With 'Survivor Stories'
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.

Getting Back to Life Resources Men's Stories Survivor Stories Personal Stories Police Officer Jason Schechterle
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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.

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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 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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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.

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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.

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Burn Survivor and Family Learn Lessons of Endurance

When Joe Schuckel was burned in 1994, his entire family was affected. His parents and siblings joined him in his journey of recovery both emotional and physical. The lessons he learned from his burn recovery — the ability to fight through pain to reach a goal, the rigor and discipline of therapy, wound care and pressure garments, the mental toughness of a survivor — have helped him become the successful athlete he is today.

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Celebrating a New Life and New Opportunities

Burned by her ex-husband, Melisa faced a long road of both emotional and physical recovery. She made the decision to stop being a 'victim' and start being a 'survivor'.. and has found a new, healthy and loving relationship.

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David Schury: Discovering the Reason Why

David Schury suffered 2nd- and 3rd-degree burns from an explosion at an electrical substation. He shares his journey of recovery—and the healing he found as a counselor at a children's burn camp.

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Erin Mounsey: A Challenging Road to Recovery

In Erin Mounsey's journey of recovery, he dealt with anger and consequences, ultimately spending more than 3 years in a state penitentiary. In this profile, he shares how he got his life back on track.

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Evelin Fatima Duran: Continuing the Journey

At 17 years old, Evelin Fatima Duran is caring, well spoken, and brave. She dreams of making a difference in the world and using her life experience to help others. Wise beyond her years, Evelin does indeed have a story to tell—one of surviving a burn injury and subsequent amputation of her right arm; one of recovery, rehabilitation, and acceptance; one of striving to continue her journey in a way that helps others. She navigated her return to her education and her plans for the future despite those who believed she couldn't do it.

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Evelin Fátima Durán: Siguiendo El Camino

Con sólo 17 años, Evelin Fátima Durán es cariñosa, bien hablada y valiente. Sueña con hacer una diferencia en el mundo y usar su experiencia para ayudar a los demás. Más sabia que otras de su edad, desde luego Evelin tiene una historia para contar—- una de superviviencia de una quemadura y la amputación de su brazo derecho: una de recuperación, rehabilitación, y aceptación; una de tratar de seguir su camino de una manera que ayuda a los demás.

Teens Getting Back to Life Family Stories Amputatio Burn Injuries and Amputation burns and amputations Survivor Stories Jess Irven
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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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