After reading an excellent first-person account of the struggles that are universally described as “Post Traumatic Stress Disorder” (PTSD), I felt compelled to write my own experiences and my own take-aways from this cancer that has a strong hold within the military community.
To start: that’s right, I called PTSD a cancer because, as far as I can tell, it spreads, metastasizes, and can kill. In my mind, nothing could be more heartbreaking. Imagine having your loved one return after extremely dangerous deployments overseas, and go through the initial elation period of pure joy and thankfulness. That joy is then followed by the highs and lows of emotional roller-coasters, and all too often, falls to the depths of living hell: watching your beloved veteran sink into despair, addiction, and ultimately suicide.
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