Written on March 23, 2022
—Katie Petronis found herself staring down that question and a million more last May.
A misstep on the racetrack, sent her husband Mark, a racecar driver for NASA Northeast, off the track and into a tree. Trapped inside the fiery crash for three minutes, he received burns over 35% of his body.
What would she tell their 6-year-old son, Anders? And when Mark woke up, he would have so many questions. How could Katie help either of them when she had so many questions herself…and didn’t even know where to start?
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It was hospital caregivers who introduced Katie to the Phoenix Society, before Mark even regained consciousness. Connecting through the website, she started finding answers to her own questions. She found support that helped her know how to talk to Anders about hard things. She found resources that equipped her to be proactive in Mark’s care. And Mark found a counselor, support group, and a community of survivors before he ever left the hospital.
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