Dorothy Nayer, Brave Survivor. A conversation with Louise Nayer
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Dorothy Nayer was born in Altoona, Pennsylvania and into her twenties, life bumped along. She went to nursing school, got married, and had two daughters.

Then, when her daughters were still young children, Dorothy was in a horrible accident while the family was vacationing on Cape Cod. She was planning to light a hot water heater and it exploded, leaving her with horrible third degree burns.

Dorothy had 37 restorative surgeries, but for the rest of her life she looked dramatically different.

Her youngest daughter, Louise, chronicled her mother's experience and how it affected her own childhood in "Burned: A Memoir," which was an Oprah Great Read and won the Wisconsin Library Association Award.

Louise talks with Katie about her childhood, her mother, and the incredible story of bravery and resilience.

Artwork by Paula Mangin (

Music composed and performed by Andrea Perry

Producer: Claire Trageser

Social Media: Claire Trageser

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