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More Confessions of a Trauma Junkie: My Life as a Nurse Paramedic
Sherry Jones Mayo
Modern History Press (2021)
ISBN: 9781615991419

Reviewed by Lily Andrews for Reader Views (04/2021)

A thoughtful look at the lives of emergency service personnel

More Confessions of a Trauma Junkie, 2nd EdMore Confessions of a Trauma Junkie by Sherry Jones Mayo is an incredibly thoughtful, eloquent, and revealing life documentation of how emergency service personnel do what they do, their highs and lows. These are the law enforcers, trauma nurses, firefighters, military, and paramilitary, those in corrections and public health. The author succinctly brings out how those professionals have to strike a balance between their family at home and their second family, which is work.

The book thrusts the reader into a life filled with so many dimensions and perspectives of how emergency respondents live, the encounters they have, and how life-changing some of these encounters are. Written from the other side of the coin by a paramedic, the tales are familiar and endearing. Author Sherry Jones Mayo showcases real-life experiences from first-hand responders, both emotional and hard-hitting, but the author employs relief to the reader by adding humor to the stories.

As a reader, “More Confessions of a Trauma Junkie” gives an illuminating realization of the heroism of emergency service professionals, their devotion and commitment to saving lives. One prime example the book covers is Hurricane Katrina, the burden it placed on the first responders of the crisis and the delays experienced.
No one is born ready or prepared for all emergencies. The author notes that what is important is having an alternative plan. Notable is the fact that the book also addresses topics such as dealing with grief, healing, and living in hope of a better tomorrow.

All things considered, this book is finely written and it is easy to grasp the attention of even a non-professional outside the medical field. The author also provides a lexicon at the end of the book for readers to reference throughout their reading. “More Confessions of a Trauma Junkie” by Sherry Jones Mayo would be a wonderful eye-opener for someone who wants to start a career in the field of firefighting, law enforcement and the medical field.

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Survivor Stories from a Creative Arts Boxing and Writing Project
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LEFT / WRITE // HOOK shows that sexual abuse survivors are everywhere, that trauma lives in the body, and it needs to be expressed.

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