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June 2015 Blog Posts (11)


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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…

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Added by Janet Liebsch on June 30, 2015 at 9:00am — 4 Comments

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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Fathers Day

There are many theories associated with the observance of Father’s Day; the two theories which are quite known prevalent for the celebration of the first Father's Day celebration in the United States are as stated. The first theory to regarding the celebration of Father's Day was established on June 19, 1908 in the State of Washington when an independent celebration of Father's Day, a few weeks later, took place on 5th July 1908 in Fairmont, West Virginia.

Hence, the first Father's…

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Added by Bob Allard on June 21, 2015 at 8:39am — 3 Comments

PTSD: No More Illusions

Some days there is a gift within the PTSD. Really there is. I have come to have a deep appreciation and respect for my PTSD. I never thought, especially a full year ago I’d get to this point but I have. From the depth of the darkness I learned a lot about the core of survival. I already knew I could do whatever I needed to in order to survive the most unmentionable and yet I had no clue I could survive beyond this one moment in time. My body did an incredible job keeping me alive in the midst… Continue

Added by Bree N. on June 20, 2015 at 8:30pm — 2 Comments


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Remembering The Charleston 9

On Monday, June 18, 2007, the Charleston Fire Department lost nine brave firefighters while battling a devastating blaze at a furniture store. These heroes were memorialized on June 22, 2007. A procession of more than 300 fire engines, ladder trucks, ambulances, and command vehicles stretched approximately 7.5 miles (12 km) and moved single-file along a route which passed each of the three fire stations from which firefighters were lost, as well as…

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Added by Fyre Walker on June 18, 2015 at 11:15am — 2 Comments

TBI: Healing Can Begin Now

Hope. The ever fleeting hope. It’s been this ‘just out of reach’ concept I’ve been chasing for the past year and a half. Probably longer if I’m honest about it. Hope was the thing I couldn’t grasp. Now, today it’s different. I have hope in excess, joy, and an everlasting sense of God’s holding our family so tightly in his hand. Years ago I read a quote about Hope. Hope is holding your hand out into the dark and having Faith God is take hold of your hand.





I’d almost lost the… Continue

Added by Bree N. on June 17, 2015 at 7:13am — 1 Comment

PTSD: Propelled Into the Light I am Finally Holding the Key

The windows are open and the breeze blows across my face as I write. This is unusual as I never open the windows unless someone has burnt something in the stove. I’ve been horribly sick this past week and ended up going to the E.R. So it’s been a singular week of a personal hell. Being sick kicked me back into the land of insomnia, only sleeping ten or fifteen minutes at a time. The never ending buzzing in my ears had gotten louder than before, my lips were peeling like they’d been burned,… Continue

Added by Bree N. on June 14, 2015 at 11:39am — 1 Comment

PTSD: I'm Not Sweet As Honey Anymore

***Long post contains possible strong triggers-pain medication use description, blood description, nightmares***

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I’m not so sweet anymore. I’ve always had boundaries yet I didn’t enforce them. People in my life were allowed to tromp all over those boundaries in spite of how much I tried to hold the fence tight against intruders. Because to me they were intruders. Ones who’d just push their way in and then start pointing… Continue

Added by Bree N. on June 6, 2015 at 9:32pm — 1 Comment

Journal Entry: The Simplest of Plans

“It smelled weird in that office” my son told me last night after accompanying me to my iron infusion and B12 shot appointment. Usually when I’ve been there the waiting room is pretty sparse with patients waiting but yesterday had been an overfull waiting room. This was due to the newest doctor’s patient load growing quickly. This would be the new doctor who has a patient who refers to him as her ‘Prince Charming”. Family members were sitting on the floor to give the patients access to the… Continue

Added by Bree N. on June 5, 2015 at 9:13am — No Comments

Journal Entry: Lost Identity

Last year I lost myself. Maybe it was even longer ago. Perhaps it’s more accurate to say I lost myself in 2011 after my second major surgery to correct a huge incisional tear which became a much more serious surgery and recovery. Two years of recovery. Two years which have become four.



I lost myself.



I’ve had a lot of introspective time to realize I’d been identifying myself by what I did to earn money and not by who I am inside myself. I’m not even the person on the… Continue

Added by Bree N. on June 3, 2015 at 12:49pm — No Comments

Pain In The Night

Pain in the Night. I bolted up in the night sweating again, to a hard pain in my lower sternum. Always my first thought is angina or something similar. Waking up further I realize I’ve felt this before. Rib head popped out again. Gawd it hurts. I lay in bed and breathe willing the pain to pass. I lay there and try to assess myself before attempting to get up out of bed. Lay there and realize my bladder’s now woken up too. This situation is now becoming urgent. Climbing slowly out of bed I… Continue

Added by Bree N. on June 2, 2015 at 9:14am — No Comments

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