We are talking with Dr. Lise Deguire author of the brilliant, heartbreaking, yet inspiring new book, Flashback Girl: Lessons on Resilience from a Burn Survivor.
In 1967, when Lise was only 4 years old, she was burned over 65% of her body and spent most of her childhood in the hospital, undergoing countless surgeries and enduring more trauma than any human being should have to endure.
It's important to remember that in 1967, burn victims were not put in medically induced comas to shield them from the pain. In fact, children were not given ANYTHING for the pain.
After Lise left the hospital, her life didn’t get easier. She dealt with disfigurement, bullying, parental neglect and family suicides. This would be enough to break anyone. But incredibly, Lise did not only persevere, but has become successful in every sense of the word.
Lise attended Tufts University and later earned her doctorate in Clinical psychology from Widener University. She has a thriving private practice and a wonderful husband and two amazing daughters.
But before all this, she went through virtual hell and in this episode we to talk to her about the details of that fateful day in 1967, the toxic relationship she had with her mother, the suicide of her favorite person in the world, and of course, the many lessons she learned in resilience.
We strongly urge everyone to read Lise's book. It will leave you inspired and in awe.