Endorsements and Praise for the Trauma Junkie Anthology


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Praise for Jones Mayo’s Confessions Anthology

“Confessions of a Trauma Junkie is a book written from the heart. It reads like a collection of short stories, but these stories are not fictional. They come from real life experiences. Some are funny; some are sad; some are hopeful, but all shine a light on a caring heart of a paramedic nurse who shows the deepest respect for human life in all its manifestations.”

Jeffrey T. Mitchell, Ph.D.

Clinical Professor of Emergency Health Services, University of

Maryland, Baltimore County, President Emeritus, International

Critical Incident Stress Foundation


“A must read for those who choose to subject themselves to life at its best and at its worst. Sherry offers insight in the Emergency Response business that most people cannot imagine. This book details life through the eyes of a caring individual who is a devoted CISM practitioner and true professional, who continually accepts the crisis presented, employs best practices, focuses on the mission, and makes the trauma, pain and suffering a little easier to manage.”

Maj Gen Richard L. Bowling

former Commanding General, USAF Auxiliary (CAP)


“We are not alone. Sherry Mayo shares experiences and unique personal insights of first responders. Told with poetry, sensitivity and a touch of humor at times, all are real, providing views into realities EMTs, Nurses, and other first responders encounter. Emotions shared bind this fraternity/sorority together in understanding, service and goals. Recommended reading for anyone working with trauma, crises, critical incidents in any profession. It’s heartening to know we share such common experiences and support from our peers.”

George W. Doherty, MS, LPC, President

Rocky Mountain Region Disaster Mental Health Institute


“In this book, Sherry has captured the essence of working with people who have witnessed trauma. It made me cry, it made me laugh, it helped me to understand differently the work of our Emergency Services Personnel. I consider this a ‘MUST READ’ for all of us who wish to be helpful to those who work in these professions.”

Dennis Potter, LMSW, CAAC, FAAETS, ICISF Instructor


“Confessions of a Trauma Junkie is an honest, powerful and moving account of the emotional realities of helping others. Sherry Mayo gives us a privileged look into the healing professions she knows firsthand. Her deep experience is a source of knowledge and inspiration for all who wish to serve. The importance of peer support is beautifully illustrated. This book will deepen the reader’s respect for those who serve.”

Victor Welzant, PsyD

Director of Education and Training

The International Critical Incident Stress Foundation, Inc


“Never before has anyone depicted in such vivid detail the real life experiences of a street medic. EMS is a profession that at times can be extremely rewarding and other times painfully tragic. Thank you for telling our story through your eyes!”

Diane F. Fojt,

CEO Corporate Crisis Management, Inc. 

Former Flight Paramedic


“This true life documentation is an interesting look into the quality and care presented in the most traumatic incidents. All told, this book will bring a greater understanding of just how much these very special people are capable of, how caring they are, and why some burn out so soon. I definitely recommend this book on many levels. Who has not had some connection to this  field at some point in their lives? This is how it is, written faithfully and dealing more with outcomes and feelings than with a gory tale. The book is very well written with a nice balance to hold the lay person’s attention.”

Betty Gelean, Nightreader


“This is an extremely well written book. The author uses the English language in such an elegant manner the reader is sitting right there in the story without being so inundated with words that the story loses its meaning. The stories flow very nicely with just enough interjection from the author, to give background or explain terms to allow the reader to understand completely what is taking place.”

Melissa Koltes, Rebecca’s Reads


“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


“I found each essay to be incredibly compelling. Several also reminded me of similar situations that would occur at the hospitals that I worked at, especially the humorous ones. I was also reminded that in addition to dealing with the job stresses and long hours, each person also has to deal with their own personal issues. I highly recommend “Confessions of a Trauma Junkie” by Sherry Jones Mayo to nursing and EMT students. I think it should be required reading for them. I also recommend this book to people who are already working in the field. They will enjoy the stories and I believe that it will be reassuring to them to know that they are not alone in both their feelings and their experiences on the job.”

Paige Lovitt, Reader Views


“Thank you, Sherry Jones Mayo, for writing this important book so you and your coworkers who work twelve hour shifts, stay overtime, wear down your own bodies caring for ours, and put up with situations no one should have to, will get the recognition you deserve for everything you do for the rest of us.  Thank you for caring for us, even when we are not desirable patients. I don’t know how you can do it—it’s not a job I could do—but I won’t forget what you and your co-workers go through everyday next time I need care. I know several EMTs and nurses to whom I’ll recommend this book wholeheartedly. I trust anyone who reads it will do the same.”

Tyler R. Tichelaar, Ph.D.,

author of the award-winning Narrow Lives


“Life as a nurse or a paramedic is no easy task. They need to know their procedures and medical knowledge like the back of their hand. They need to be prepared mentally, physically and emotionally to deal with everything that comes through their doors on a daily (or hourly?) basis. Sherry Jones Mayo has been both, and in her book, Confessions of a Trauma Junkie, there are several essays and short stories that dive into her world: the tragic, the hopeful and the humorous. This book shows us a world that some of us know we could not be a part of. And maybe, will show you that yes, these people are people too, and they may understand how you are feeling.

Margaret Orford, Allbooks Reviews.

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