Journey Magazine: Edition One 2022

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Journey Magazine by Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors is a publication written by the burn community, for the burn community.

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The Journey Ahead

Welcome to the first edition of Journey Magazine!...

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Peer Support is Powerful

It takes enormous courage to start your journey of...

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Article
Going Home After My Burn Injury: What I Wish...

No matter how long you've been in the hospital, th...

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Joshua Gropper: Attorney, Advocate, Ally

Josh’s entire adult life has been shaped by his ow...

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Ask the Experts: Pregnancy

My daughter has second and third degree burns to b...

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Article
Ask the Experts: Showing Your Scars

Summer is approaching and my wife is scared to wea...

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Article
Ask the Experts: Nightmares

I’m a year out from my injury and still have horri...

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Article
What to Expect: Getting Back Out There

When I visit people in the hospital as a Phoenix S...

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Ebook
Beyond Surviving: Tools for Social Empowermen...

Download this guide for practical tools to handle...

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Burn Community Bookshelf

To celebrate the talented authors in our community...

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Letter from Amy Acton, CEO

Dear friends,

Welcome to the first edition of Journey Magazine! The magazine has a new name and an updated design, but the heart of the publication remains the same: telling stories, sharing our personal journeys, and realizing the power of our community.

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Going Home After My Burn Injury: What I Wish I'd Known

By: Amber Wilcox

No matter how long you've been in the hospital, the transition to home might be exciting and terrifying all at the same time.

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Peer Support is Powerful

By: Rich Casias

In June 1989, I was injured in an aircraft accident in southern Oregon and began treatment at the Oregon Burn Center ICU.

After about two months in the burn center, one of my nurses commented that I was “smiling a lot more” and even becoming “more talkative.” Maybe it was a coincidence, Nurse Tom said, but I seemed to be in a generally better mood—why was that? Could it be related to “that pretty girl who stopped in to see you the other afternoon?”

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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 they frequently encounter from the burn community.

Samoana Matagi: Showing Your Scars

Summer is approaching, and my wife is scared to wear a swimsuit because her scars will be visible. How can I help her feel confident and beautiful?


Dr. Felicia Williams: Pregnancy

My daughter has second and third degree burns to both legs from the knees down. I read somewhere that she can get circulation problems later in life, especially when pregnant. Can you share insight on this and how to prevent these issues down the road?


Dr. Lise Deguire: Nightmares

I’m a year out from my injury and still have horrible nightmares. How long will my nightmares last, and how can I prevent them?

Joshua Gropper: Attorney, Advocate, Ally

It was 1989. Josh Gropper was in his second year of law school at Boston University, prepping for a final exam, when his dad called. His only brother, Danny, had been trapped in a house fire. It was a rental home with a faulty smoke detector. The result was tragic, and the prognosis grim.

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Burn Community Bookshelf

To celebrate the talented authors in our community and ensure readers have access to a wide range of titles, we have created the Burn Community Bookshelf! All books have been written by burn community authors.

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What to Expect: Getting Back Out There

By: Blake Tedder

When I visit people in the hospital as a Phoenix SOAR Peer Supporter, one of the most pressing questions is how their injury and appearance will affect their lives and relationships when returning to the world. 

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