Spencer Beach www.spencerspeaks.ca suffered 3rd and 4th degree burns to most of his body from a flash fire. His recovery was long and EXTREMELY painful. It happened while his wife was pregnant with their first child. That unborn daughter gave him the hope and strength to survive his horrible ordeal.
I interviewed Spencer for Journey To Success Radio.
Spencer learned that sometimes tragedy chooses you for no reason at all. On a day like any other, just doing his job, he found himself suddenly engulfed in a flash fire.
It came with a whistle and a bang, changing his life within the blink of an eye. Forever. Within twenty seconds, he received third and fourth degree burns to 90 percent of his body.
He fought through the fire to escape, to live even though he thought he was going to die. Holding onto the fading thoughts of his wife and the developing child within her womb gave him the courage to find a way out. But he had no idea what survival would mean.
Spencer wrote a book titled In Case of Fire. Here is his website description of the book.
Beautifully written and told with breathtaking honesty, Spencer Beach's journey will astound and inspire you. At age 29, with his life finally falling into place and a new baby on the way, Spencer experienced a nightmare beyond imagination. But it is what he did with that nightmare that makes his story so compelling. Read it and learn what courage truly means.
From the book:
"In the months and years after the fire that disabled me, disfigured me, and almost killed me, I went through serious depression, excruciating therapy, and intense psychological counselling. I lived in pain and saw how I'd hurt everyone I cared about. I assessed and reassessed my attitudes and my life. Why did this happen to me? What did it mean? And, finally, how could I stop it from happening to anyone else? One psychologist told me I would never get over the trauma of the fire and its aftermath, but that I would find harmony with it.
"This is the story of how I did that."
I wrote In Case of Fire with Calgary writer Naomi K. Lewis.