After watching this video, I ask that you take a few extra minutes to read the article I linked below. The article discusses the growing number of veterans, since returning home from the war, that are diagnosed with symptoms of PTSD. To understand what it’s like to experience symptoms of PTSD, then re-watch the video.
For those of you who’s yet to take notice, I’ve slightly began to change the theme of my blog. I don't follow military news like I use to.
Earlier this year I was also diagnosed with symptoms of PTSD.
Each time I read a news article about: "How our veterans are still being mistreated"... "How Congress or the Supreme Court hasn’t done anything to improve the laws to better protect us", or "How our veterans are being seduced to commit inhuman acts against others, ie. raping innocent men and women", It keeps me on edge…
For the past year, I’ve reached out to provide advocacy support for other veterans. While doing so, I was warned by my VA mental health therapist that it may not be a wise idea. I must admit, he was correct. After listening to other veteran’s stress-related issues, day in and night, I’d reached my breaking point. So I had to pass the baton back over to the trained professionals.
To cope with the added stress of the other veteran's issues, I had to seek additional means of self-therapy. This is because I suffer from a blood disorder condition called essential thrombocythemia.
The incurable condition was brought on when my military superiors exposed me to extremely stressful working conditions (or should I say, lack thereof) and by subjecting me to cruel and excessive punishment.
To prevent me from having a stroke or a heart attack, each day for the rest of my life, I am prescribed chemotherapy medication. Meanwhile, the average person is only required to take an aspirin for stroke and heart attack prevention.
I try to minimize my stress levels by incorporating mental and physical at-home or health spa relaxation techniques.
To confront my fears, I’m learning to recite and perform my poetry by creating an alter-ego. I also began to write short stories, ideas for a series of romance novels and spoken-word song lyrics.
Since coming “Full Circle”, I encourage other veterans to seek help and guidance from GOD our Creator for help in confronting the demons that keep us awake at night. By doing so, you will be guided on a path of finding YOUR inner peace.