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PTSD Blogger
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


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(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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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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PTSD: Unexpected Moments of Hypervigilency

It hit me most unexpectedly yesterday. My son and I were out getting food for he and his younger brother when the agitation and hypervigilency hit me. I did not expect this. I knew I’d not walked away from PTSD as I struggled out of the tunnel I’d been hidden in for so long. I knew this would be part of me no matter what. Yet in my fantasy I would walk away from that darkness and also walk away from the PTSD. What a fool I was to even for one moment entertain this fantasy. After we ordered our… Continue

Added by Bree N. on July 10, 2015 at 7:28am — 1 Comment


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TBI: Make the Squeezing Stop!

My head was hurting me. It was as if a vice was squeezing me at my temples and would not let me go. Irritability held me in it’s tight grasp and a short temper struck out briefly. As the squeezing lifted for a mere hour I thought hard. This started with the change to the non extended relief medication. I look it up in the medical app to see the side effects. Oh, the second one is headache. Okay. The extended release which is not a perfect choice did not cause this at all. So my choices for the… Continue

Added by Bree N. on July 9, 2015 at 7:30am — No Comments


PTSD Blogger
PTSD: Personal Journal 'I see your eye rolls'

PTSD: Personal Journal



Disbelief. That “look” when PTSD is mentioned and I speak up and say “I have PTSD.” Inherently there is an accompanied eye roll. I know the statistics. I know PTSD causes me to be at a much higher risk for heart issues. So to be at the cardiologist and get the eye roll is rather disconcerting. Granted it was by the heart ultrasound specialist so I can easily discount her opinion via her eye roll. When people do the eye roll do they not understand I SEE them do… Continue

Added by Bree N. on July 7, 2015 at 7:25am — No Comments

One more.... 4th Annual Tucson Climb4TheFallen September 20, 2015

The fourth annual Climb4TheFallen even in Tucson, AZ will take place on September 20, 2015 (believe I have that date correct). This is will be the 3rd year that I'll be attending (as an unofficial supportive role of a civilian). I hate to say that last year the number of "supportive" people (those who showed up to cheer on the firefighters as they "climbed" had diminished quite drastically from the year before. Sad really. It's as if people are forgetting about the Fallen Firefighters... Not… Continue

Added by Tena on July 5, 2015 at 2:36pm — 1 Comment

Open House at Training Center for Local Fire Department

I probably won't have much much to post in here but I did want to share a couple links to a video I posted on my own blog (ok, turns out I did it as part of a "Weekend Coffee Share" I've recently joined... Anyway, hope it's okay to post the link like this and hope you enjoy what put together. https://festidbits.wordpress.com/2015/06/01/weekendcoffeeshare-2015-may-24-may-30/.

Added by Tena on July 5, 2015 at 2:27pm — No Comments


PTSD Blogger
PTSD: Mortality

Mortality wasn’t something I consciously thought about. For a lot of years I’d believed in some part of myself there wasn’t much I couldn’t do. I’d gone after my dreams and hit homers with every single one. My goals had been to be an example to my children about how you can achieve any dream you want. I’ve achieved so many dreams, ones which 15 years ago I’d have thought were mere fantasies.



Before the PTSD became full blown I knew without a doubt every day was a gift, an amazing… Continue

Added by Bree N. on July 5, 2015 at 9:30am — No Comments


USFRA Staff
Happy 4th of July

Well its a nice day here in WNY the sun is out no clouds out as its been a wet couple of weeks here off and on, we had about 2'' one day and then about 3/4' of rain another day. So yes the last couple of days have been nice.

Let's remember to be careful today and if we are drinking "PLEASE , PLEASE" do not drive. If we are responding to calls let's REMEMBER to watch going through the intersections Look both ways.

Remember our Veterans overseas and also here in the USA say a…

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Added by Bob Allard on July 4, 2015 at 9:22am — 1 Comment


USFRA Staff
Remembering our Fallen #Arizona19 (Updates and Tribute to Granite Mountain Hotshots)

Arizona and our nation lost 19 of our elite firefighters in the Yarnell Hill Fire on June 30, 2013.

The Granite Mountain Hotshots, established in 2002, were an elite ground firefighting crew known for their…

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Added by Janet Liebsch on June 30, 2015 at 9:12am — 1 Comment


PTSD Blogger
PTSD Awareness Day 2015

‘Don’t tell them you have PTSD, don’t tell them you have PTSD’ the refrain kept going through my mind so much so I was grateful to not have been given any pain meds as I’d have said it out loud. ‘If you tell them, they peghole you as “depressed” no matter what you say and oh God forbid do NOT say out loud your doc is a MD specializing in Psych and PTSD.”



Inside myself I wailed because of this fact of life. A diagnosis of PTSD or TBI or heaven forbid one of both diagnoses comes with… Continue

Added by Bree N. on June 27, 2015 at 5:00am — 1 Comment

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