Rev. Don Brown, B.A., M.Div., Flight Paramedic (retired), Chaplain, Lt. Col., CAP
(retired); Pastor, First United Methodist
More True Stories from EMS and the ER
More Confessions shares the raw and honest feelings of emergency service professionals through true ‘story behind the story’ revelations. Disclosing experiences from both sides of the gurney, Sherry and other EMS, ER, paramilitary, and firefighter responders walk you along their fragile line of sanity. Using humor as a life raft during perfect storms, workers reflect upon how they endure and survive personal and professional tragedy while trying not to care too much, and what happens when they fail in that attempt. A graduate student in psychology, Sherry is a paramedic, trauma nurse, and crisis interventionist who led a national paramilitary crisis response team and continues conducting crisis management training throughout the U.S.
Emergency Service Professionals Praise More Confessions
"Once again, Sherry brings to life the overlooked or, too often, over-hyped world of the emergency services for all to experience. She does so with a vitality and spirit that makes her prose almost poetic. If you want to glimpse the amazing world of EMS from ‘behind the curtain,’ More Confessions is for you. Highest recommendations."
--Rev. Don Brown, B.A., M.Div., Flight Paramedic (retired), Chaplain, Lt. Col., CAP
(retired); Pastor, First United Methodist Church, Grand Saline, TX
"More Confessions will take you to the edge of first responder insanity with honesty and integrity. Sherry has once again opened our world to the reader by cleverly describing the unbelievable experiences that we have every day. This book is the real deal!"
--Peter Volkmann, MSW, EMT, Chief-Stockport NY Police Department.
"Through the venue of real and personable human experience stories, Sherry’s More Confessions is a powerfully written sequel that provides key insights into the need for those who work in emergency and disaster response, as well as their families, to actively and purposely recognize and consistently address their physical, mental, and spiritual well-being. All who read this book will be touched deeply in some way."
--Harvey J. Burnett, Jr., PhD, LP,
President, Michigan Crisis Response Association
Sergeant, Buchanan Police Department
Assistant Professor of Psychology, Behavioral Sciences Dept., Andrews University
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Where did you grow up?
Born in Detroit and raised in its suburbs, I have lived with and around the economically challenged population most of my life; there is a unique perception of the world when you grow up poor. Fortunately, Mama was an Italian-American, Dad a US Marine, so the influences of my family (famiglia) taught responsibility, patriotism, and pride. The Midwest contributed a sense of connectedness and belonging, and the combination of community, culture, and ethics planted the seed of desire to become a patient advocate and agent for social change.
Why you are uniquely qualified to write this book
I can tell these stories because I have lived them and know the difference between dramatic representations and real life. Like many, I grew up watching the EMS and ER shows on television that focused on the hero aspect, providing predictable outcomes, and an unrealistic percentage of happy endings. Although television and movie depictions are more factual these days, the truth about how the emergency worker feels remains mostly hidden. My slant is in telling another side of the story: what responders think and feel during calls, how they internalize tragedy, what happens after the call, and how our world turns upside down when the patient is someone we love.
Why did you write this book?
When I tell people what I do, they focus on the gory side of life, like those who cannot look away from the scene of a bad accident. What they do not realize until it happens to them is that trauma affects someone who is loved and cherished, and lives are forever changed. I want people to see the world for a moment through my eyes, to walk with me through the broken glass, to sit next to me and hold the hand of the injured or dying, to fight against death thinking that sometimes we just might have the power to win those battles. And then I want them to see the complete lunacy of it all and laugh.
What do you think readers will get out of it?
I am hoping that readers will see emergency service workers in a new light and realize we are human, too. We have our own challenges, pains, and sorrows. We have had surgeries, major illnesses, broken bones, and our share of emotional scars. We have been in accidents, our backs are killing us from lifting, and our feet ache after shifts that last from 12 to 24 hours, often
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