Burn Support Magazine: Summer 2021

Inside this digital issue of Burn Support Magazine...

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Letter from the CEO

As I write this piece, I am nearing my 40th burnav...

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Article
Worth a Thousand Words: Growth Beyond Trauma

To honor the anniversary of their son’s burn injur...

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Factsheet
Are Burn Injuries a Chronic Condition?

The chronic symptoms of a burn injury can affect e...

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Breslau Society Spotlight: Pat Horan

Through a planned gift to Phoenix Society, Pat fee...

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Article
Ask the Experts: Self-Image + Pressure Garmen...

Dr. Lise Deguire shares advice for a survivor stru...

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Article
Ask the Experts: Extreme Cold Sensation

Dr. Felicia Williams helps a survivor understand e...

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Article
Ask the Experts: When to Offer Peer Support

Burn survivor Samoana Matagi helps a peer supporte...

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Volunteers Go Virtual

From Spanish translation to DJing a virtual dance...

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Article
Tackling Self-Sabotage

Use these tips to help you to tackle your own self...

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Letter from Amy Acton, CEO

Dear friends,

This issue of Burn Support Magazine is packed with stories about people taking initiative and owning their stories, but it’s also about exploring the journey itself—how do we get to a place where that is even possible?

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Worth A Thousand Words: Growth Beyond Trauma

by Carolyn Mae Kim

To honor the anniversary of his burn injury, the Kims found an artist – also a burn survivor – to do a series of paintings of their son and his beloved stuffed elephant.

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Are Burn Injuries a Chronic Condition?

Phoenix Society has been working with research partners like Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital to understand the long-term impact of a burn injury, broaden the perspective, and ensure that the priorities of individuals living with a burn are addressed in research studies.

Breslau Society Spotlight: Pat Horan

"You cannot help but want to be a part of this community. I still get recharged hearing others share their experiences. Once you are involved, you really are hooked for life."

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Ask the Experts

In this advice column, a panel of experts draws on their personal and professional experience to offer guidance. Read their answers to questions from the community.

Dr. Lise Deguire: Self-Image

I suffered burns to both of my legs, and I’ve had a hard time getting back out there. I was so used to wearing shorts and skirts and feeling feminine...


Dr. Felicia Williams: Extreme Cold

I have episodes when I get extremely cold and achy, almost as if I am feverish and have chills. At times, it can be so debilitating I cannot work or function...


Samoana Matagi: Peer Support

It is easy to see that my friend and her husband are really struggling physically and mentally. Should I stay quiet and wait for them to ask for assistance, or should I try to reach out?

Volunteers Go Virtual

This past year has been full of barriers, with few opportunities to give back in person. But that didn’t stop these volunteers.

  • Margarita Rodriguez - Spanish Translation

  • Amber Wilcox - Website Optimization

  • Jeff Pelchat - DJ for Virtual Dance Party

  • Rachael Sandler - Peer Support Chat Moderator

Tackling Self-Sabotage

by Alexi Pyles

"I hope these tips help you to tackle your own self-sabotage and continue pushing yourself to try new things. We all deserve healthy relationships, with ourselves, and others."

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