This is not the life I anticipated when I married my firefighter, but this is the life I have.
These particular PFAS have been linked to thyroid disease, hypertension, immunosuppression, kidney cancer, and testicular cancer.
The stoic does not overreact but, with practice, traditionally challenging responses become instinctual and habitual.
Although firefighters “state” their priorities are work, family and good health, they are beginning to recognize their day-to-day behaviors do not support their priorities in life.
The smoke we are exposed to needs to be our number one adversary, not the fire.
It is up to us to be vigilant when it comes to keeping ourselves safe.
If you’re a firefighter facing a cancer diagnosis or other serious illness and concerned about financial toxicity and caring for your family, know your full range of options.
Over the course of my career, it’s nearly impossible for me to know exactly how many fires I participated in the suppression of, motor vehicle accident extrications I’ve been involved with.
The fear of failure thrives on partial information, which is all we’ll get until we arrive on scene.
Function and intensity are great, but it’s important for firefighters to consider what functional movements and what intensities are important for their jobs, daily tasks, and goals.