PEER SUPPORT

Good morning Diana,

 

I can't thank you enough for meeting with me - it felt so good speaking to you and feeling justified in terms of "I don't know what the hell I'm doing!" You've shown me that this is possible indeed and inspired me. I know that it's important for me to just be there for Kim (my lovely boyfriend) even if I know nothing about the medical stuff! I saw Denis yesterday and thanked him profusely for introducing us. I also want to be able to, in turn, help where I can. Please keep that in mind.

 

It's amazing to find that there is a support network around and I look forward to meeting online ... I think it will be on 13-Oct? Nice, the day after my birthday :-)

 

I'd love to meet again when you're in the area. Depending on my own personal circumstances I may be going back to Bermuda towards the end of October so I may miss you on the 29-Oct. However phone, email and Zoom should do the trick.

 

Thanks again Diana and talk soon,

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What is Peer Support?

Peer Support is simply the act of one burn survivor or a  family member helping another burn survivor or family member get through the roller coaster ride of burn trauma.

The saying -- "it takes one to know one" comes to mind when talking about burns, considered to be the severest form of trauma that a human can survive.  Other Burn Survivors that have gone down the same path you have help you navigate survival, recovery , getting back to your life and family, and even thriving after your burn injury.  Our Peer Supporters have been certified by Phoenix Survivors Offering Assistance in Recovery (PSOAR)... a medically recognized program by the hospitals that participate in the PSOAR Program in the New England Area.

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Methods of Peer Support

  • In-Person in-patient or out-patient

  • Zoom video conferencing

  • Telephone

  • Peer support group

 Learn more about BSONE Support Programs

 Contact BSONE to discuss what type of peer support will work well for you

 

Meet Our Peer Support Leaders

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George Pessotti

  • 35 years inpatient-outpatient peer support Experience

  • PSOAR Certified

  • Hospital Volunteer Certified at Brigham and Womens Hospital, Spaulding Rehabilitation

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Mylene Larsen

  • 15 years inpatient-outpatient peer support experience

  • PSOAR Certified

  • Hospital Volunteer Certified at Mass General Hospital, Spaulding Rehabilitation

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Diana Tenney

  • 8 years inpatient-outpatient peer support experience

  • PSOAR Certified

  • Hospital Volunteer Certified at Mass General Hospital, Brigham and Womens Hospital, Spaulding Rehabilitation, RI/Hasbro Hospital

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Jerry Laperriere

  • 8 years inpatient-outpatient peer support experience

  • PSOAR Certified

  • Hospital Volunteer Certified at Mass General Hospital , Spaulding Rehabilitation, RI/Hasbro Hospital