Hello all! I wanted to touch on how amazing it feels to find others out there who are going through/have been through the same things as me and my family, knowing we're not alone really does help and talking about it also helps. This feeling is only something I have discovered in the last month. I have felt like I wanted to talk about and share my story and help spread the word about PTSD, the effects and getting help and supporting each other. It is so very necessary but often when we are caught up in the midst of it all, it is very hard to recognise this and even put ourselves out there to get help, as we are in survival mode.
Well now that I am slowly coming out of the fog I've been in for the last three years, I really feel up to helping others by sharing my experiences and showing people that they aren't alone, helping to spread the word. I have joined the Partners of Veterans Association of Australia (Tasmania Branch) recently and it has been one of the best things I have ever done. I have come into contact with other men and women who are not just veterans of vietnam and family members, but the younger generation who have been to Iraq and Afghanistan and other areas for peacekeeping tours. It is very sad to see that this wave of PTSD is occuring again, but so glad that there are organisations out there willing to help. I finally felt up to meeting with the lovely ladies of the PVA, plus others from my generation with very similar experiences, and I haven't look back since!
Talking about it does help! Share your story! I am hoping to make a bigger difference as a member of the PVA, but a way I have been able to help individually has been by creating a Forum space on my website for others to share their story, and I am so glad to see that it is being used and people feel that they can share. I am not an expert, I only have my own experiences and I hope I can help to make even the smallest difference to someone else going through the same things, and help them find the right support.
Finding a creative outlet to help deal with your emotions is definitely something I would recommend as well. For me it is my music and songwriting. For you it might be art, reading, writing, singing, anything! It is an amazing therapy that you can do yourself and in your own time when you are ready.
Look after yourselves and know that you are not alone!
Music is Love is Life :-)