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PTSD Blogger
PTSD Growth: You Are Not Alone in This

Lift me up, hold me up, watch my back. Those phrases have been running through my mind in a neverending refrain. It's as if they are a puzzle I can't quite put together enough to see the entire picture. This morning I participated in an ongoing Periscope daisy chain of encouragers. The idea is to keep each other going, to honor their process even if they are not at the same point. Each person is at a different level of fitness and as each person finished they watched the next person go at it.… Continue

Added by Bree N. on August 24, 2015 at 8:21am — 1 Comment


PTSD Blogger
PTSD Growth: The Fence Straddling Woman In Uniform

**Post is Long containing possible triggers**



Fence Straddler, Wanna be, Badge Bunny, Lesbian, Dyke. I've been called all these things and overseas was called Hose Humper, Hose Rider and worse ones I can't even type or say out loud. Being a woman in a world dominated by men was not the easiest of paths to choose. Coming into it seemingly late in life after a former career and just over a decade of Motherhood didn't help. No one ever asked me what I did before I became a mother to… Continue

Added by Bree N. on August 21, 2015 at 6:20pm — 2 Comments


PTSD Blogger
PTSD/TBI: The Turbulent Path of Healing

It's funny in some ways I had this idea inside my mind that healing was this place I was heading to and when I got to the destination I'd be...well, I'd be done. But what I'm finding out along the way is that's a fallacy, it's an untruth. Hands down it's an ongoing progress, one with surges of amazing healing of the Traumatic Brain Injury where everything snaps back into place. My eidetic memory slams into view and it's a breathtaking moment. But healing, it's a path of moving forward at a slow… Continue

Added by Bree N. on August 20, 2015 at 10:17am — 1 Comment


PTSD Blogger
TBI: Gotta Keep Moving Forward

I'm on the treadmill moving forward and yet really seeming to go nowhere. Sometimes I think the treadmill is a wonderful metaphor for the idea of heading nowhere whilst giving the illusion of moving forward. It's actually a great tool for getting to a place of moving continually forward. Moving to the place of acceptance of 'where I'm at is where I'm at' and I'm moving forward in the slow, steady way to win the day in my own life. 



      Having conversation along the way helps the… Continue

Added by Bree N. on August 18, 2015 at 9:28am — No Comments


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PTSD: Becoming My Own Hero

"just approach it like you're talking to friends." great advice gifted to me this morning by the most lovely woman. It made me start thinking about friendship, what is friendship? I know I've not been a good friend in the past. I'd be this great friend for a period of time, fun, spontaneous and loving to a certain point. I can look back now and see it's related to time of the year, the one holding the most bad anniversaries, and the passing of months time. Then I would just cut the friendship… Continue

Added by Bree N. on August 14, 2015 at 10:37am — No Comments


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PTSD: Acceptance

(personal journal entry)



It's the dark of the morning before dawn even peeps over the horizon. I'm woken up by something I still have yet to identify but am beginning to wonder if this is what has contributed to my insomnia. I look at the time and although it's early I've had a good 6 hour stretch of sleep so it's okay to give in and get up. I turn on the light and there's my faithful companion stretched out under the blanket we often share. I've never had a big dog who was so fond… Continue

Added by Bree N. on August 12, 2015 at 7:00am — No Comments


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TBI: The Dog I Was Not Meant To Keep

Today I am stiff in body and I have to remind myself this is not pain, it is from exercising two days ago. For a split second I feel frustration at having to remind myself. I stretch and breath deeply, something I can finally do. I open the window see the chain hanging down and think yet again "I've got to get a hummingbird feeder to replace the one that got broken." Then I remind myself I've been saying this for several years and it is not a new thought. 



The dogs are doing their… Continue

Added by Bree N. on August 10, 2015 at 9:08am — 1 Comment


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Vehicle and Fire Equipment Donations - a Question of Liability

Has your organization recently acquired new fire rescue equipment or vehicles?

Is the old equipment or vehicle(s) still in serviceable condition?

Would your organization like to donate the fire rescue equipment and/or vehicle(s) to a Volunteer Fire…

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Added by Fyre Walker on August 6, 2015 at 8:07pm — 3 Comments

Company To Donate K-9 Cooling Vests, Temperature Gauges To Officers

Atlanta Home Theater on Friday will be present the Roswell Police Department with temperature gauges and K-9 cooling vests on Friday.

The presentation will take place at 9 a.m. July 31 at the Roswell Police Department, located at 39 Hill Street.

Roswell-based Atlanta Home Theater owners, Scott and Jennifer Ross, and their operations team, will present Chief Rusty Grant, Deputy Chief Craig Easterwood, K-9 officers and other members of the police department with their…

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Added by Craig Taylor on August 5, 2015 at 7:53am — 1 Comment

Firefighters help waitress after she pays for their meal.(Great job Brothers..!)

DELRAN, NJ (ABC via Pathfire) - Two firefighters from New Jersey have been trying to raise money for a waitress, and her sick father, after she treated them to breakfast one morning. Those firefighters finally met the woman's father face to face with a big surprise.

Lives were unexpectedly drawn together by Liz Woodward's now famous act of kindness while working the overnight shift at the Route 130 diner in Delran.

"All I did was pay for their breakfast and I didn't think…

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Added by Craig Taylor on August 5, 2015 at 7:48am — No Comments


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PTSD: The Lure of the Dark Tunnel

It's unexpected this lure. I wonder if the opening to the solace of the darkness within the tunnel will always be in my peripheral vision. Will it ever move out of my sight or will it linger on the most outer edges where I can easily ignore it for a while? The moment something causes emotions to rise, anger always rising fastest, the opening to this tunnel comes sharply into my focus. I pause to contemplate the opening in the midst of the unsettling emotions. It would seem to be a strong lure,… Continue

Added by Bree N. on August 1, 2015 at 9:05am — No Comments


USFRA Staff
Summer Blue Moon rises tonight

I haven't done a Friday Foto post in forever so figured this would be a cool one to share...

When someone says "Once in a Blue Moon," you typically know what they mean:

Rare, seldom, even absurd.

This year it means "the end of July".

For the second time this month, the Moon is about to become full. There was one full Moon on July 2nd, and now a…

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Added by Janet Liebsch on July 31, 2015 at 1:24pm — 1 Comment


PTSD Blogger
(OFF TOPIC) Speaking to the Positive Interacters

In life as in many jobs there seems to be a plethora of people who not only hate change, but also really hate changes which include positivity. I’ve been on so many teams of people I can’t even count them all now as they go past fingers and toes combined. The overwhelming theme I’ve seen was the most unfortunate act of axing programs or teams of people who are doing positive work. Teams or programs people want to be a part of. Teams or programs which the community is beginning to get behind to… Continue

Added by Bree N. on July 24, 2015 at 7:09am — 1 Comment


PTSD Blogger
PTSD and the Online Cons of Manipulation

**post is long & contains possible triggers due to controversial topic**



It comes softly and unexpectedly, angering me to a level which is very unexpected. Emotional, psychological, ‘love’ manipulation, and the exponential cons. Having been online since 1994 I’ve participated in a lot of chat room conversations. Living with a chronic illness for over 20 years meant I also interacted with thousands of people via the internet. Researchers overseas, other patients trying to find the… Continue

Added by Bree N. on July 23, 2015 at 10:01am — 3 Comments


PTSD Blogger
PTSD/TBI: Dental Procedures and Triggers

It seemed to be a simple procedure. Simple, quick. 'I can do this, I will not choke, I will not be in pain, I've worked hard to have trust with this dentist and assistant. I can meet this day and I will be OK.' I repeated inwardly to myself the entire drive through the rain. As I sat in the car before getting out I briefly held my St. Michael's medal and prayed. I walked into the building and my dentist was already waiting for me. For a brief moment I wanted to leave as I heard the sounds of… Continue

Added by Bree N. on July 21, 2015 at 10:35am — No Comments


PTSD Blogger
PTSD: Screaming in the Night

I rushed through the house to the gun safe and couldn’t remember the combination or where the key was. I fumbled and my hands were shaking so hard with the realization I was not going to get my firearm out in time. I felt my arm being yanked hard whipping me around and I screamed….



I was still screaming when I woke up to my companion dog licking the top of my head since she couldn’t reach my face hidden in the covers. I sucked in several deep shaky breaths, lifting my face and she… Continue

Added by Bree N. on July 16, 2015 at 7:30am — No Comments

Miami-Dade’s first black female police officer Thelma Harris dies at 88

As a teenager new to her neighborhood, Thelma Gaitor Freeman Harris was enthralled in two passions: going to the library and participating in amateur shows with her sisters at the Harlem Square hotspot in Overtown.

A chance meeting with seaman Walter Freeman in 1945 while she studied at Florida A&M University…

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Added by Jesse James Jessup on July 14, 2015 at 6:26pm — 1 Comment


PTSD Blogger
Personal Journal: Fear and Disorder

07142015 Daily Personal Journal



Fear. It keeps me up in the night. Fear holds me in it’s embrace on a daily basis. I’m out of the tunnel standing in the light afraid to move forward or even sideways. Lifting my face to the sun I take in a deep breath and remind myself to just breathe. I don’t want to stand here held in place by fear. I didn’t expect to break free and struggle out into the light only to feel the embrace of fear again. It almost feels as if once I broke free of the… Continue

Added by Bree N. on July 14, 2015 at 7:36am — No Comments


PTSD Blogger
PTSD: All the Questions in the World

PTSD: All the Questions in the World



After the experience with a longtime stalker I no longer do any work in my front yard. I pay someone to take care of the yard. The backyard is mine to deal with and it’s become a wild mess which causes memories of the overrun bogs I used to play in with friends in my youth. But it’s mine and I am slowly reclaiming it. At the very least I will walk into the backyard with no fear. On a bad day I will let dogs out and not pass the… Continue

Added by Bree N. on July 12, 2015 at 7:56am — No Comments


USFRA Staff
Fresno Fire Captain Pete Dern walks out and addresses the media (see video)

Dern, spoke to the public for the first time since he was severely injured after falling through the roof of a burning home in Central Fresno.

Injured Fresno Fire Captain Pete Dern walked to the podium on his own. His doctors called him a remarkable patient with an inspiring story.



Dern, spoke to the public for the first time since he was severely injured after falling through the roof of a burning home in Central Fresno.



"Our community here in Fresno. I want to…

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Added by Capt. D Lewis on July 10, 2015 at 2:22pm — 1 Comment

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